Borderliners
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Borderliners

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by Peter Hoeg
     
 

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Strange things are happening at Biehl's Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform-school rejects, kids at the end of the system's tether. But the school is run by a peculiar set of rules by which every minute is regimented and controlled. The children soon suspect that they are guinea pigs in a

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National Bestseller

Strange things are happening at Biehl's Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform-school rejects, kids at the end of the system's tether. But the school is run by a peculiar set of rules by which every minute is regimented and controlled. The children soon suspect that they are guinea pigs in a bizarre social experiment, and that their only hope of escape is to break through a dangerous threshold of time and space. Peter Høeg's "brilliant" and dystopian Borderliners is a "uniquely philosophical thriller" (Boston Sunday Globe) and a haunting story of childhood travail and hope.

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“Brilliant . . . [a] uniquely philosophical thriller.” —The Boston Sunday Globe

“A brilliant novel of shattering force.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Gripping and disturbing . . . Høeg's evocation of the way a child perceives the world is alarmingly vivid.” —USA Today

The Catcher in the Rye meets A Brief History of Time. . . . Brilliantly tormenting and philosophically haunting.” —Glamour

“An honest novel that once again demonstrates Høeg's talent and integrity.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“A beautiful and satisfying book, reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange or Lord of the Flies.” —Orlando Sentinel

“Powerful . . . well-crafted suspense . . . Just as with Smilla's Sense of Snow, one question hangs in the air when the last page is turned: When do we get his next book?” —Newsweek

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second of Danish writer Heg's novels to be translated into English (following Smilla's Sense of Snow) concerns a trio of misfits at an elite boarding school who discover they are guinea pigs in a sinister experiment. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In this extraordinary novel, Hoeg portrays the closed world of Biehl's, a Danish private school where a bizarre social experiment is underway. The narrator, Peter, is now a student at Biehl's after spending all of his life in children's homes and reform schools. He is a borderline case, along with Katarina, whose parents both died in the past year, and August, severely disturbed after killing his abusive parents. Although allowed no social interaction, the children conspire to conduct their own experiment to discover what plan is being carried out at Biehl's. Hoeg touches on some of the same themes as in his acclaimed Smilla's Sense of Snow (LJ 8/93)-neglected children, scientific experiments, and technology-but this is not a thriller and may not appeal to the same audience. It is instead a fascinating intellectual puzzle that explores the themes of social control, child assessment, family, and the concept of time. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/94.]-Patrica Ross, Westerville, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312427115
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
718,181
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Høeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, followed various callings--dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer--before turning seriously to writing. He is the bestselling author of five novels and one short story collection. His work has been published in thirty-three countries.

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Borderliners 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to pick up Borderliners at the library without knowing anything about it. once i read the description i thought it sounded ok and i checked it out. little did i know that it sould be so... great i guess. now im going to have to get my own copy and read it again and again until i can be sure i grasp every last concept. not only was it a good book but the concept was good as well... making it a must read. seriously... go get it... either buy it or check it out... borrow it from someone... SOMETHING! you need to read this... take a day off from life, get ready to think and go for it. just sit down and read. believe me... you wont regret it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
A phenomenal look at life from 'the other side of education' as well as perceptions of time and memory. One thing that I think 'commercial reviewers' missed: The 'experiment' at Biehl's was not bizarre or unusually cruel as is often stated, but typical of the way that educators constantly play and experiment with the children most at risk, doing it all the time with the best of intentions. The main character recognizes this. That is the central tragedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read, i won't say anymore. If you see this review and don't read the book you must be out of your mind. Are you able to read, read this book. It made me see different on things. A lot of books have a good plot but what makes this book so speciellt it because of its message. Read it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm positively in love with this book. I read it last year and it's still the most incredible book I've ever read. Hoeg's exploration of the perception of time is a poignant and thorough discussion that reached me very personally. He delves into time and loss, time and childhood, time and control, the pain of separation...I've never read a better book. Read it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago