The Pox Party

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Candlewick Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 351 pages
896 Reviews
A gothic tale becomes all too shockingly real in this mesmerizing magnum opus by the acclaimed author of FEED.

It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.
  

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Really wonderful writing and fascinating premise. - Goodreads
Language very stilted and difficult to read. - Goodreads
This is a great book, full of excellent plot twists. - Goodreads
But the writing is a dirty gimmick. - Goodreads
Beautiful prose, amazing storyline. - Goodreads
I thought it was a good plot. - Goodreads

Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)

User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

Loved the voice in this story of a young boy right before the Revolutionary War begins. Octavian is unaware that he is not only a slave, but an experiment as well. When he discovers this, it changes his whole perspective those around him and everything that has happened to him. Excellent writing! Read full review

Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)

User Review  - Kiersi - Goodreads

I just can't even. I loved everything about this book. I loved the premise, the high-brow language, the letters that make up the second half. I loved Octavian. I loved his sometimes horrible ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

M. T. Anderson is the author of several books for children and young adults, including FEED, which was a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.