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The Cure by Sonia Levitin
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Nov 13, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi, middle-school, dystopias
Recommended for: Grades 7-10

In the future, humans are not allowed to experience emotions, as emotions are the root of evil things like wars and greed, etc.

A boy is arrested when he absent-mindedly begins to tap a rhythm, a precursor to music. "Defective" beings are encouraged to eliminate themselves, but an alternative is to receive a treatment called, "The Cure."

The boy decides to experience the cure, which involves an intense virtual-reality program that regresses him back to the middle ages, where is is a Jewish minstrel being persecuted for his faith. It is the goal of the program to make him have negative associations with music so that his behavior will stop.

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