House of Stairs

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Dutton, 1974 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response.

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This had a really intense ending. - Goodreads
Poorly executed ending. - Goodreads
The pacing is very smooth. - Goodreads
Also, I thought the ending was unsatisfying. - Goodreads
The plot line is amazingly interesting and logical. - Goodreads
... and the deus ex machina-ish ending is just awful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Martina - Goodreads

I know, I know... House of stairs is children's book. That's evident from the writing style and somewhat simplified narration. However, the topic, the premise, the subtle worldbuilding... Sleater ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Rydeen - Goodreads

I've loved this book since I was a kid. Recently reread it as an adult and still think it's simply brilliant. Read full review


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William Sleator was born on February 13, 1945 in Harve de Grace, Maryland. In 1967, he received a BA in English from Harvard University. He mainly wrote science fiction novels for young adults. His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in 1972. He wrote more than 30 books including House of Stairs, Interstellar Pig, The Green Futures of Tycho, Strange Attractors, The Spirit House, The Boy Who Couldn't Die, and The Phantom Limb. His picture book, The Angry Moon, won a Caldecott Award in 1971. He died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 66.

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