Race Against Time
He has a dog -- that can climb trees and understand very complex commands. He has parents -- who watch him constantly, taking notes when they think he's not looking. He has a girlfriend -- a girl he's never met, whom he has been told he must marry.
John knows that something is wrong, but...more
I have read various takes on this same idea- one of my son's favorite books was Running Out of Time, where a young girl finds that instead of living in 1840, she is living in 1996 in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site.
I liked the resourcefulness of the teens involved, but my favorite character was Canute the gomdog who can climb trees!
I read this many years ago when I was a young whipper-snapper. I remembered this book recently and have been trying to find it in stores, to no avail. I guess I will have to give in and order it online so I can have a copy for myself.
This book changed my life in many ways. It's probably my favorite sci-fi book. It really makes you think, what would happen if all the races intermingled and mixed so much that they no longer existed, just one 'standard' race? And what would ...more
Stage 1: Wow, what a very strange 1950s America. I'll bet something's up!
Stage 2: Cool, teenagers race against vast conspiracy of adults breeding them for nefarious purposes!
Stage 3: How strange. The pinnacle of "white" culture is 1950s America, while the pinnacle of "Asian" culture is ancient China, and the pinnacle of "African" culture is a tribe on the savannah. Not, like, 1950s America vs. 1950s Shanghai and 1950s Nairobi. Hmm. And is it r ...more
It's pretty short but wasn't compelling enough for me to bother finishing in a reasonable time.
Anthony is a very prolific author but this feels like a first draft rush job. Read "A Spell For Chameleon" instead.
Nothing impressive. Perhaps a bit dated as a 40-year old story, and the fantasy tech imagined in 1973 doesn't hold up in the 21st century. Plus, the story is shallow- thin, weakly developed, and if not full of holes, then at least riddled with cracks.
An easy read for an hour by the pool, and worth $1.80 used, but not a book you'd ever go back and read again.
This book should have been one of those junior high school sci fi introductions for "Young Adults". I didn't care about the main character. I didn't really care where the plot was taking him. It wasn't colorful enough or unique enough for me to be driven to read it. My own motivation ...more
A quick read—short novel/long novella, Race is an interesting Sci-Fi thriller. With only a few characters, Anthony portrays the tension and the plot well, making the implausible seem plausible, and the ...more
The story is told by young John Smith, a white American boy becoming a man who is living in a small town supposedly located in Nebraska. Several inconsistencies have begun to trouble him. There is the peeling color of the skin of many of the inhabitants of Newton. Why cannot John go beyond certain environmental limits outsid ...more
An interesting point of view of culture, society, and "keeping up appearances".
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm ...more