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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
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Feb 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, adult-sci-fi, book-club-pick, read-in-2011, language, character, autism
Read in February, 2011

4.5. An incredible book told from the point of view of a high-functioning autistic man in the near-future. Lou works at a vague company in which his job is to analyze patterns, along with a number of autistic adults hired for their superb skill in pattern recognition. Their job allows them perks, such as a special gym with bouncing balls, whirlygigs, and their choice to put on whatever music they want. When a new boss is hired (who is upset with their special treatment) and hears about an experimental treatment that can "cure" autism, he threatens their job safety if they do not participate. This would be a fabulous book club pick because it explores the ideas of normalcy and disability through an interesting story. Also really explains some aspects of autism really well. The author has a son who is autistic, which made me feel the story was more authentic. I did think the boss character was a bit too evil and unethical, but other than that, this was excellent.

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