This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned. One by. Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological. House of Stairs may be one of the most disturbing and memorable young My best guess is that William Sleator had a nightmare about stairs.

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House of Stairs – William Sleator – Google Books

Now that I’ve settled this part of my childhood, I can continue reading the metafiction of my agegroup. Yet what is not clear at first is what a beautiful allegory for the dangerous direction society could take this story is. How do you know you do not like something if you have never tried it?

What follows is your classic deterioration of human nature. By the end of the movie, I was convinced that I had not seen it before, but had, instead, read something that was extremely similar.

Go too far in the wrong direction and you have a failure. To me one disturbing thing is–in no way did I feel “This could never happen”. Books by William Sleator.

There appears to be no way out. Featured Quote “Is all very well thinking everything is going to wiliam different when you come back but then it is all the same.

Neither cared that someone might see. Quotes from House of Stairs.

This has relevance today, when we are debating the ethics of torture – is it a necessary evil that we must tolerate if our society is to survive, or is it an offense against our humanity? I might want to read it. At first, the machine ejects food when the children engage in a stylized dance. They all have very distinct and believable personalities and motivations, and by the end it’s clear they represent some ways in which people deal with adversity in their lives even though Sleator makes them interesting reading for their own sake.

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Blossom comes across as a really unlikable character from the start. I’m handing this to my son to read now.

House of Stairs

The writing style is not so great, and the plot is -by now- quite outdated: But it has a very satisfying ending that will leave you thinking about it for a long time. Though she is the most independent, she needs Peter’s help in the end to make it through. I think this is the last entry in my YA Sci-Fi kick, but it’s a high note to end on. This book was crazy I read this because it is the 1 answer to “What the hell was that crazy book I read 20 years ago?

House of Stairs by William Sleator | Scholastic

As they all come together the meat machine no longer responds as it had originally, and the group try and figure it out. What charades are being performed even now, controling the population through study and marketing, through communication and the control of information, through stairw very nature of the human being and it’s innate willingness to be controlled?

These books teach us that there are even worse fates than losing your life — it’s losing your humanity. Several years ago, I saw a movie called The Cube. Stxirs all 4 comments. Jan 27, Wendy Bousfield rated it liked it Recommended to Wendy by: I didn’t remember reading this as a kid until I checked out the book and saw the same cover I’d stared at when I was younger.

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It’s the 5 of them against this weird environment, what will happen if they stop working together?

In Singularity I identified with the main character’s major shift to develop independence, and in this I didn’t remember reading this as a kid until I checked out the book and saw the same cover I’d stared at when I was younger.

The rest of the book is about what doesn’t change: I was sure that The Cube was basically a film adaptation of a short story or novel, but, no matter who I talked to, nobody seemed to remember a short story like that. To say that the experiment plotted out by the scientist of the book is unequivocally unethical, is to merely state the obvious.

Certain episodes in the book suggest a scarcity economyas the back-story of the characters differs based on apparently socioeconomic criteria.

A beeswax candle and a contemplative read about the global seed vault. William Sleator died in early August at his home in Thailand.

I remember not being able to put it down, and upon revisiting it, it is still just as fascinating to me.