Wednesday, February 9, 2011

House of Stairs

By William Sleator, 166 pages.

Five orphans are suddenly taken from their institutions and find themselves in a strange environment that is completely white space and stairs. The five teens have to figure out how to survive in this odd place with no instruction; how will they get food? Water? And more importantly, why are they here? As the characters try to make sense of their situation, they also learn more about each other which it turns out might be the most frightening of all. While the concept is intriguing, the characters are stereotypical and the ending leaves much to be desired. It's a quick read, so if you are a sci fi fan it might be worth your time.

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