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Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: "like," "thing," and the second most common English obscenity. He's even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny--the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called "Oh? Wow! Thing!", the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy's parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son's problem is to buy him an expensive car.
Although there is a danger that at first teens may see the idea of brain-computers as cool, ultimately they will recognize this as a fascinating novel that says something important about their world. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Novel concept that is sullied by heavy handed preaching. I feel as though the author writes to and about a generation he never really met. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Emily Lohr
Poorly written and very unsatisfying. Had potential but fell short.Published 28 days ago by N. Eggert
This sci-fi dystopian novel puts The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner et al. in the generalised shade of 'null' story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nina Bhadreshwar
Wonderful reflection on society, unfortunately increasingly accurate. Written for younger audience, though still enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Wendy
My daughter had to read it for 8th grade. Teacher asked parents to sign waiver of acknowledgement that kids were reading this, so made me nervous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KSJ
I found this as a hard book to get through, the main character was nearly illiterate and his speech was horrendous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan