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The Hollow People by Brian Keaney
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Dec 11, 2009

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bookshelves: ya, science-fiction
Recommended for: someone who hasn't read much dystopian fiction
Read in December, 2009

This was not Gothic horror as I rather expected from the cover, but a fairly standard dystopian tale of a country where all adults are given Ichor, a drug which destroys dreams, imagination, and initiative. The setting will probably seem more interesting to younger readers who aren't already familiar with the dystopian classics. However, careful readers of any age will probably notice some logical flaws, especially contradictions in the implicit timeline of Dr. Sigismundus' reign.

Also, I feel that if you are going to name your (unrelated) protagonists Beatrice and Dante there should be a reason. Noting in the author bio that you really like the Divine Comedy doesn't count. Especially when you are positing a society that is against myth and imagination.

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