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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I checked it out from the Lawrence Public Library when I was 9 or 10 and read the first 15 pages, and then it got away from me. That was an incredibly disturbing take on the psychological process of operant conditioning.
This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned. Because of this book, near the beginning of season one of LOST I was already predicting the cages and fish-biscuits that would show up in season three.
The writing is beautiful, smoothly switching viewpoints in various chapters from character to character. Five teens, trapped, not in cubes, but in an infinte stairway. To view it, click here. In Singularity I identified with the main character’s major shift to develop independence, and in this I was fascinated by how Sleator describes one way in which people might be conditioned.
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A premise based on psychology research about conditioning. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Oct 13, Keeley rated it it was amazing Shelves: They do not change in any way because both are calculating, cruel, and self-absorbed from the beginning.
The room is painted blindingly white and is filled with stairs. Of all the ones I’ve read, this book is probably the one that creeped me out the most.
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But even so, I will bet that the last line will make you shiver–and that you’ll never forget it. Account Options Sign in.
These books teach satirs that there are even worse fates than losing your life — it’s losing your humanity. I first read the synopsis for this a few years ago and the concept immediately caught my attention.
I am insanely addicted attracted to stories about “the group in peril”, when people are thrust into an alien setting absent of any social rules and obligations.
I suspect that 16 year-old me probably appreciated seeing the other side of the training. A weird, interesting, and compelling read. What we become in extremis is both fascinating and frightening in the heroic heights we reach and I am insanely addicted attracted to stories about “the group in peril”, when people are thrust into an alien setting absent of any social rules and obligations.
Views Read Edit View history. I read House of Stairs frequently as a child, and was happy to see this speculative novel from stands the test of time. House of Stairs William Sleator No preview available – Do we know why they are trapped in a literal house of stairs?
The five, thrown together in these bizarre circumstances, must learn to deal with the others’ disparate personalities, the lack of privacy and comfort, their clear helplessness, and a machine that only feeds them under gradually more exacting situations. House of Stairs by William Sleator paperback edition.
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As they all come together the meat machine no longer responds as it had originally, and the group try and figure it out. Highly recommend picking this one up if you missed it during your childhood. Also by William Sleator.
These five kids are trapped in this house of stairs. This psychological teen read throws five 16 year old orphans into a weird uninviting alien If anyone is truly dangerous in sleatorr crowd, it is her. This would definitely be listed as one of the Impact Books in my life.