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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.
Unusual style. Uncommon, but not hard to get used to, and sort of pleasant. More X-rated for language than anticipated. Read morePublished 4 days ago by michael j carney
Extremely poorly written, consistent foul language throughout the book. Very bad choice. There are so many well written and entertaining dystopia stories written that are leaps... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Melanie Bosley
This book started out slow, interesting of course, but slow... And picked up pretty fast toward the end. Read morePublished 7 days ago by A. Vaughn
What it is:
A YA sci-fi novel focused on near-future teens, illustrating how implant-communications technology could affect first-world societies. Read more
I first read this book about ten years ago in high school and loved it. Re-reading it as an adult I didn't "love" it, but I still enjoyed it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Caitlin
I can't believe my school is making me waste my summer reading this. Never ever read this disaster of a book.Published 27 days ago by amy bevington