This fast-paced, YA, dystopian read features five 16 year old orphans being experimented upon by scientist. They awake to find themselves in a house that consists entirely of stairs with no visible ceiling, walls, or floors. Gradually they come to realize that a machine wants them to dance to gain food. They come to realize that this machine is changing them, but will they let it?
The themes in this book--free will, friendship, compassion--are ones seen far too infrequently in toady's YA lit. Sleator subtly works in the question of how much behavior is choice and how much has been trained into us by society. Sleator weaves complex characters and gradually depicts an all too possible future society. This book will challenge anyone to consider the real reasons behind their own behaviors.
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