House of Stairs

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Puffin Books, Apr 1, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere ?except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls? This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

?An intensely suspenseful page-turner.? ?School Library Journal

?A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events.? ?Kirkus Reviews

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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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Can you imagine being blindfolded, by someone whom you don't know, and taken to a place where there was no windows, and all the space was consumed by flights of stairs? In House of Stairs by William ... Read full review

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"What if someone wrote 1984 for junior high school students, only made it creepier?" I read this book years ago, and have always remembered it because it was so disturbing. Guaranteed to give you a nightmare or two. 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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