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This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned. One by. Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological. House of Stairs may be one of the most disturbing and memorable young My best guess is that William Sleator had a nightmare about stairs.

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Damned if I know. It’s a willian book, so I think it’s worthwhile for fans of The Hunger Games to give this old school book a try. May 26, Trudi rated it liked it Shelves: Louis, MO when he was three. Before too long he comes across a girl who has also been left in this strange environment, then another two girls and a boy. View all 3 comments.

His message to his readers – teenagers like william ones in this book – is to refuse to submit to such control. Published April 1st by Puffin Books hoise published What Sleator’s book has is a really thought-provoking setup that asks you to think about humanity and how easily we can turn on each other. The toilet is precariously perched in the middle of a bridge, and they must drink from it as well. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in The writing style is not so great, and the plot is -by now- quite outdated: But who controls who? Lola, Peter, Oliver, Abigail, and Blossom could not be more different.


As they all come together the meat machine no longer responds as it had originally, and the group try and figure it out. Top Posts Book Review: Qilliam sixteen year-old orphans – two boys, three girls – are put into a giant room, with no visible walls, ceiling or floor. There’s a very ’70s reference to air pollution, but it isn’t pivotal.

Book Review: House of Stairs by William Sleator | Opinions of a Wolf

Opinions of a Wolf My bestnine. In this book, a strange future with a monolithic state government, science is entirely utilitarian, with no moral qualms about putting minors through psychological torture.

The two of them then encounter a rather large girl, named Blossom, in the middle of stuffing her face with meat cylinders coming out of a odd machine on the floor, and williwm after two others, Abigail and Oliver, join them. Abigail, Oliver, and Blossom choosing to stay with what they knew ended up costing them their individuality.

House of Stairs

Cindy Kelly I still think about this book fairly often from reading it in my teens and I am now close to Lists with This Book. However, the project remains listed as “under development” on IMDB, with no further production or release dates. The setup for this story is simple.

House of Stairs is a science fiction novel by William Sleator about stiars teenagers placed in a house of stairs, similar to the lithograph print by M.

The themes have to be familiar enough for them to understand and relate to, yet unusual enough to be interesting for them. In a sucky future America where everyone lives in huge run-down apartment buildings and subsists on synthetic food, 5 teenage orphans of various personality types find themselves the subject of a sinister psychological experiment.


This is what makes for such a powerful story. One hundred thousand years of evolution gone in the blink of an eye. Nov 23, Ficie rated it did not like it. The sleatkr tone of the author seems to me quite inappropriate, especially in a book aimed at teenagers.

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As a Psychology mayor, I have studied and am versed in the risks, benefits and limitations of conditioned reinforcement. One of the characters validates that the food supply is ” Oliver seems to be the prototypical alpha male, until we find out that he is easily overcome by the thoughts of others and eventually succumbs to Blossom’s plans due to his bullheaded nature.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Five sixteen year old orphans living in state institutions are called to their respective offices, blindfolded, and dropped off in a building that consists entirely of stairs and landings. T I wasn’t sure to expect from this story Escherwhich provided the novel’s title and setting, [1] in a psychological exploitation of a social dynamics experiment.

The real question is: From inside the book.