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Dayworld by Philip José Farmer
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May 18, 2011

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bookshelves: owned, sci-fi
Read from May 18 to July 24, 2011

I read this as a teenager and loved it. 20 years later, it sadly didn't live up to my memories. The concept is great - to combat overpopulation, people only live for one day a week, and are "stoned" or frozen for the other six days. Daybreaking is a serious crime, but a rebel group have agents who do just that, living each day of the week as a different personality.

The book centres on Jeff Caird, one of these daybreakers, as his world crumbled around him over the course of a week. The concept is great, but ultimately the characters and plot let the book down somewhat - I found myself simply not caring what happened to Caird by the end of the rather dull chase scene that takes up too much of the end of the book.

Enjoyable enough, but I wouldn't rush back to read it again.

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