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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Her sense of self-righteousness over the other characters, even though they are all on the same level, seems to stairrs what brings about this attitude. Modern day YA often focuses intensely on romance. Feb 12, Thomas rated it really liked it. Stirs, Peter, Oliver, Abigail, and Blossom could not be more diff What would you do if you woke up in a seemingly never-ending space full of stairs? Og though they are healthy on the outside they have become mental grotesques, left in a state of being that they no longer have control over.
Views Read Edit View history. As an interesting aside, it wasn’t until I was much older that I figured out Peter’s sexuality. Showing a bunch of teenagers obviously in an experiment opens itself up to caricature and stereotype, but Sleator skillfully weaves depths and intricacies to them. Quotes from House of Stairs.
Sleator puts five teenagers in a giant house of stairs they can’t escape and watches them interact. They soon discover that the food-dispensing machine will only give them food under slator conditions. Taking the high ground, regardless of how hard it might be and despite what everyone else may do. The things it’s asking them to do, though, get stranger and stranger. I have the feeling he’ll be as riveted by it as I was at his age.
Skinnerian theories taken to a dystopian extreme. The five year-old protagonists here are subjected to much the same mindfuck pardon my Frenchenclosed in a never-ending space of stairs — there are no walls, no floors, no doors, no ceiling, just stairs, going up, going down.
This is what makes for such a powerful story. If you’ve read the book thoroughly. He died on August 3, at the age of Lists with This Book. The writing is beautiful, smoothly switching viewpoints in various chapters from character to character. The room is painted blindingly white and is filled with stairs. Where was this book when I was younger??!?
In the beginningthey are forced to repeat a series of actions and movements, that evolve into a kind of dance, hoping to get food from the machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Apr 25, Emilee King rated it really liked it. He is strong and confident and good-looking. The last line in the book is one of the more frightening ones in literature, right up there with the last line in That the sitting President is a toady to his political advisors. View all 3 comments. Preview — House of Stairs by William Sleator. Lola is a tough, street-smart girl who has no tolerance for stupidity or cruelty. House of Stairs, quite simply, beautifully weaves multiple social commentaries into one.
In a sucky future America where everyone lives in huge run-down apartment buildings and subsists on synthetic williamm, 5 teenage orphans of various personality types find themselves the subject of a sinister psychological experiment. The fact that she is fat makes her repulsive, not only to the other characters but to the writer himself, who often points out the rolls of fat, the flabby thighs and the chubby cheeks.
House of Stairs
I really don’t handle subtlety well, I sleattor After googling different phrases for a while, I finally found the name of the book I read when I was around 12 that catapulted me into my interest into psychology and the human mind.
Apr 01, Pages Middle Grade 10 and up. Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics s,eator involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response.
For years, I kept trying to figure out what I had read that was so similar to The Cube spoiler: There is one toilet which is also the only source of water in the middle of a narrow, vertigo-inducing bridge.
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.
The writing style is not so great, and the plot is -by now- quite outdated: As I watched it, I found myself having a strong sense of deja-vu. If we allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking that an evil act is somehow the right thing to do, then we have lost a very important part of ourselves. They find each other and congregate around a machine that dispenses food upon correct behavioural patterns. 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.
There are some things that are too important to sacrifice for something as simple and petty as food and acceptance.
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At first it seems Abigail is more resilient character of those two, but as we soon find out she’s even more emotionally compromised than Peter was. Of course, it’s also about science, but the message here is less dire – we must not allow science to lose its humanity. I read this because it is the 1 answer to “What the hell was that crazy book I read 20 years ago? Suppose I have to make it different. Or if they will. You have a story that you want to tell, and you have to tell it in such a way that it is simple enough for your target audience to sstairs, yet engaging enough willixm keep them reading.