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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As a Psychology mayor, I have studied and am versed in the risks, benefits and limitations of conditioned reinforcement. I haven’t dilliam it as an adult yet, but I will be. The story is less about the actual plot and more about the psychology behind it, which was different than what I usually read and proved to be entertaining.

House of Stairs

It was just sooo good, easy 5 stars for me. When it becomes clear that they will be fed only by escalating cruelty, the children divide into two groups. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I don’t know about you, but I would freak out.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Obviously, House of Stairs came first, and I sfairs feel that it is better than the aforementioned Stais more so when summing up the series as a whole because here we have this fantastic novel that is not even two hundred pages long, and yet it is a completely realised, satisfying read.

House of Stairs William Sleator Snippet view – This book was crazy I read this because it is the 1 answer to “What the hell was that crazy book I read 20 years ago? Though she is the most independent, she needs Peter’s help in the end to make it through. Wouldn’t have thought, but it’s worth the read.

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It is established that all these characters are 16 year old orphans and that they were all abducted at their state homes and blind folded till they arrived on the stairs. What we become in extremis is both fascinating and frightening in the heroic heights we reach and the craven depths we sink to, and how quickly we revert to our most primal and baser urges. This book is disturbing to say the least. Sleator weaves these tiny details into the story in subtle ways that still manage to paint a clear framework for the type of cultural situation that would allow such an experiment to take place.

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That’s because Sleator wisely keeps the “futuristic” science fiction touches to a minimum. He goes on to realize that Oliver is not what nor who he needs and is able to see through the deceptiveness of Blossom, and with Lola’s help he really comes into his own as a strong individual. What charades are being performed even now, controling the population through study and marketing, through communication and the control of in As a Psychology mayor, I have studied and am versed in the risks, benefits and limitations of conditioned reinforcement.

T I wasn’t sure to expect from this story That some of the wealthy and members of the government live behind a wall in large houses whilst the rest of the population are denied such a luxury and in many cases not even aware the sort of lifestyle even exists.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. By the end of the movie, I was convinced that I had not seen it before, but had, instead, read something that was extremely similar.

I wasn’t sure to expect from this story The disgusted tone of the author seems to me quite skeator, especially in a book aimed at teenagers. Certain episodes in the book suggest a scarcity economyas the back-story of the characters differs based on apparently socioeconomic criteria.

Nov 23, Ficie rated it did not like it. Besides one pool of water toilet, drinking water, and batha machine with This young adult novel reflects Cold War paranoia: I think this is the last entry in my YA Sci-Fi kick, but it’s a high note to end on.


As an interesting aside, it wasn’t until I was much older that I figured out Peter’s sexuality. Books by William Sleator. A YA writer who specializes in science fiction, Sleator has written his fair share of strange, fantastic and sometimes disturbing books.

We must never allow ourselves to be beasts. Lola and Peter are emotionally engaging characters. Does it seem they will likely die since there are no places of sustenance or any kind of exit?

I didn’t remember reading this as a kid until I checked out the book and saw the same cover I’d stared at when I was younger. The others are Lolaa rebellious juvenile delinquent who doesn’t trust anyone; Blossoman overweight, spoiled girl who grew up in pampered wealth but who has recently been orphaned; Olivera generous, self-confident, and arrogant athlete who has always been successful and popular; and Abigaila pretty girl who is shy and kind but is easily misguided, and worries about what others think of her.

They discover that it only works when the lights are flashing and it begins to whisper unintelligibly. Comments 1 Trackbacks 1 Leave a comment Trackback. Looking for More Great Reads? In House of StairsWilliam Sleator proves just how quickly humans can be stripped of their humanity. Where had I seen this before?

A beeswax candle and a contemplative read about the global seed vault. This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned. This is what makes for such a powerful story. These three continue to eat by finding ways to inflict pain on one another.

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