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Andra Hardcover – 1991

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In this grim futuristic tale, a restricted society inhabits regimented subterranean cities to escape Earth's climatic changes. To restore her damaged sight, Andra, a teenager, receives a brain graft from a boy who died in 1987. The transplant gives her disturbing visual memories of a green Earth, and she becomes a leader among the rebellious youth. Andra's vision--a powerful metaphor--could also help her city colonize an improbably Earth-like planet, but a saboteur destroys the space fleet. In an arbitrary and downbeat ending, Andra is killed at the scene. As is often true of dystopian fiction, Sub-city One echoes our reality, from its conflict with the vaguely Soviet Uralia to the sometimes puzzling British slang. There is also the expected warning, but here Lawrence ( The Warriors of Taan ) seems unsure of her message. Is rebellion necessarily a futile, though romantic gesture? The body of the book says otherwise, and thoughtful teens wil find much of interest in spite of the abrupt ending. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 6-9-- Two thousand years into the future, Earth's surface is uninhabitable, and humans have survived by building strictly supervised subterranean cities. Then Andra, an already rebellious teenage girl, is given a partial brain transplant to save her vision and her life. The brain comes from a boy who lived in 1987, and suddenly Andra can see the world as it used to be, with sunlight, grass, and animals. No longer able to accept the oppressively regimented life that the government dictates, she begins a youth revolution. She does not know that plans are already being made to send settlers to a faraway Earth-like planet, and that a rival city is working toward the same goal. Lawrence creates a unique world and a strong heroine. Unlike many science fiction stories, the authority figures are not all malevolent "Big Brother" types. Shenlyn, the ruler of Andra's city, sincerely wants to build a free new world. He is not evil, and is willing to listen to Andra once he recognizes her gifts. By alternating the point of view among several characters, Lawrence builds suspense, gradually unveiling an unwilling betrayal and a devastating twist at the end. At times both hopeful and sorrowful, Andra is a fascinating story about the power of one individual following a dream. --Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, County of Henrico Public Library--Fairfield Area Library, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006023685X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060236854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,197,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristin B Blumreich on December 4, 1999
Format: Library Binding
This is the most creative, enchanting book I've ever read. The non-stop intrique drove me to the end before I thought I'd even started this delightful adventure about an unusually strong-willed girl driven by a new vision to improve life for human kind in a dark, futuristic, underground world. It's your loss if you don't read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1997
Format: Library Binding
I read this book and it was awesome. This book takes place 2000 years into the future when people have moved under ground because the surface is no longer inhabitible for man kind. It is about a girl, named Andra, who has a brain graft and the brain they used is from a boy who died in 1987. She soon starts to see the world through the eyes or that boy, and realizes that life in the confines of Sub City One is not free. So she gets all the youth together and they start an open rebellion against the director of the city. It is a very good book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By witten on August 17, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I found this book very good. It takes place way in the future were the world & it's socity it very different. Andra, the main character becomes blind & docters have to relpace that part of her brain with the brain of a young boy from 1987 in order for her to live in socity. Andra, begans to see things that the boy saw like cows, trees, ect. See also see's what it was like in 1987, were your IQ did not decided how long you would live. I can't tell u to much more because it would ruin it for u. It is a great book though & I would highly recemend for any one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction

Three sentence summary: Andra is a girl who gets a brain transplant. After she gets the brain transplant, she sees the world differently. She starts showing people that they should not have others control them, but to be free.

What I liked most about the book: I liked how Andra speaks freely, and could prove to other people that they should rule themselves.

What I didn't like and why: I did not like how Cromer forced Syrd to destoy the ships because Syrd should be able to make his own choices.

My favorite character and why: Andra is my favorite character because she doesn't care what other people think about her, and she does whatever she wants.

The scene, line, or passage that meant something to me and why (page#): Page 195. "They will find out," Andra said. "If they aren't taught, then they experience trial and error. Some die, some live. Does it matter how many die as long as some live?" This quote shows how Andra wants to help other people start a new life.

What I would say about this book to someone else: This book shows the effect of one person. It also proves that young people can make a difference.

One question I have after reading this book: Why did Andra go and see the ships before they lifted off and were gone forever?

My stongest reason for recommending this book: This book was really exciting, because it is about a teenager like me.
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A Kid's Review on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
This was a great book. It is set on a futuristic earth, devastated by a nuclear war. Humans live only underground, and most life has disappeared. People are controlled as if they are puppets. The government produces nearly identical people with identical thoughts and minds. Then, Andra gets a brain graph from a boy who died in 1987. Suddenly, she starts to see things that he saw, and remember what he remembered. She realizes that the life she leads is not free at all. This haunting book is a wonderful example of science fiction. I highly reccomend this book to anyone and everyone.
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