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House of Stairs by William Sleator
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Dec 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, science-fiction, ya
Read in December, 2010

The latest installment in my YA dystopia series is a *teeny* book. I didn't see it on the shelves because it was so small, and it's under 200 pages. It looks just like the books I used to get from the school library, because it probably is something I could have gotten. (The cover illustration features some silly hair and a non-sexy (!!) teenaged girl in Mom Jeans. Seriously, I think that's a 9" rise on those suckers.)

Now, I like me some dystopias. And in general I liked this one. Weird world - the wider context is vaguely alluded to, but it seems like even that would've been a dystopia before the kids got pulled in. They have no idea why they're there or what to do, and ... teenagers are bastards. It was written in 1974, so in comparison to most of the others in this batch, this book was charmingly low-body-count. Oh, the family connection you usually see was non-existent. The ending was also interesting.

Not a bad way to spend an evening. (This is another halfer- 3.5 stars.)

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