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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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The finale is done very well and provides willam great deal of the horror as we do get to discover where the kids are, why they are there and who or what is pulling the strings.

The question then becomes whether or not the kids will do as the machine wishes, and how long they can hold out against it. Taking the high ground, regardless of willism hard it might be and despite what everyone else may do.

If nothing else, the lesson to be learned from this story is simple – be a human being. It is abundantly clear houxe the book that the teens are facing an inhumane experiment.

It’s kind of funny because this book is about psychological conditioning and I had a strong recognition reaction to the cover even though, like SingularityI didn’t actually remember any of the plot.

House of Stairs

Sep 26, Charlie – A Reading Machine rated xleator really liked it. Good advice for them, and for us. 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 sleato into an alien setting absent of any social rules and obligations.


But what happens when the machine begins to demand other kinds of behavior from them? That the sitting President is a toady to his political advisors.

A bit dated more than 40 years and with a dedication which hints at the climax, but still House of Stairs helps to show how people never really want to do anything unfamiliar to them, however there are times when you should break free from the typical and do something different for once. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Roles were assigned randomly.

As I watched it, I found myself having a strong sense of deja-vu. Just what kids want. I won’t give away the ending, but alas, adult readers will probably quickly figure out what’s going on.

The rest of the book is about what doesn’t change: I checked it out from the Lawrence Hoise Library when I was 9 or 10 and read the first 15 pages, and then it got away from me. Though she is the most independent, she needs Peter’s help in the end to make it through. Oct 13, Keeley rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, the project remains listed as “under development” on IMDB, with no further production or release dates. Where was this book when I was younger??!? Jun 06, Meagan rated it really liked it Shelves: There is nothing warm and fuzzy in this book.


And anyway, I don’t see how anyone could read a whole long book, it must be so boring! We must zleator allow ourselves to be beasts. Notify me of new comments via email. A YA writer who specializes in science fiction, Sleator has written his fair share of strange, fantastic and sometimes disturbing books.

Both books have a similar tone, although The Hunger Games is more tightly written, fast-paced, and suspenseful. In Singularity I identified with the main character’s major shift to develop independence, and in this I didn’t remember reading this as a kid until I checked out the book and saw the same cover Iwlliam stared at when I was younger.

House of Stairs by William Sleator

Before too long he comes sfairs a girl who has also been left in this strange environment, then another two girls and a boy. May 26, Trudi rated it liked it Shelves: It turns out this was first published 10 years earlier than the mid’s I’d assumed, which makes it more likely the author intended it as a rebuttal to B. Preview — House of Stairs by William Sleator.