By William Sleator
One after the other, 5 sixteen-year-old orphans are dropped at an odd construction. it isn't a jail, no longer a medical institution; it has no partitions, no ceiling, no flooring. not anything yet unending flights of stairs best nowhere ?except again to an odd crimson computing device. The 5 needs to discover ways to love the desktop and allow it rule their lives. yet will they allow it kill their souls? This chilling, suspenseful indictment of brain keep watch over is a vintage of technology fiction and should hang-out readers lengthy after the final web page is turned.
?An intensely suspenseful page-turner.? ?School Library Journal
?A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . since it emerges in simple terms slowly from the chilling events.? ?Kirkus Reviews
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We're rushed as hell, but I like it. I've been coming to the office an hour earlier than usual, but she beats me to it. She's always there first. . What? . I don't know what she does at night. Nothing much, I guess. . No, she never goes out with anyone. She sits at home, mostly, and listens to music. She plays records. . What do you care, which records? Richard Halley. She loves the music of Richard Halley. " CHAPTER IV THE IMMOVABLE MOVERS Motive power—thought Dagny, looking up at the Taggart Building in the twilight—was its first need; motive power, to keep that building standing; movement, to keep it immovable.
He snapped. " "Eddie found them for me in somebody's abandoned roundhouse down in Louisiana. " "What in hell's the big idea? What's going on? " She spoke evenly, looking straight at him. "If you want to know, I have left nothing but junk on the San Sebastian Line, and as little of that as possible. " He leaped to his feet. "You won't get away with that! This is one time you won't get away with it! To have the nerve to pull such a low, unspeakable . . just because of some vicious rumors, when we have a contract for two hundred years and .
I wish they'd fire that bartender," he said. "For instance, consider Associated Steel. We've got the most modern plant in the country and the best organization. That seems to me to be an indisputable fact, because we got the Industrial Efficiency Award of Globe Magazine last year. So we can maintain that we've done our best and nobody can blame us. But we cannot help it if the iron ore situation is a national problem. " Taggart said nothing. He sat with his elbows spread wide on the table top.