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Overview

The world is in chaos: war, plague, global ecological collapse. Parents everywhere seek sanctuary for their precious children, the future of mankind. For those who are rich and powerful enough, safety can be found—for a price—at the Clothos Academy. Run by a mysterious man known only as Sarge, set in a former monastery atop a sheer cliff on a tiny island somewhere in the Mediterranean, Clothos will admit only one hundred students before it is sealed off—perhaps permanently—from the terrors outside.

But all is not as it seems. The pupils are so-called starlets best known for their empty heads and eating disorders; troublemakers one step away from incarceration; and junior royals too embarrassing to be let out in public. And the staff isn’t much better, from the alcoholic doctor to an ancient monk with secrets of his own.

And the dangers from which these castaways are being protected? Prerecorded, ready to be trotted out whenever Sarge needs to terrify his little flock. And yet…

Some dangers are real, as two boys discover when they hack the Academy’s self-contained computer network and connect, for a brief but disastrous moment, to the outside world. Worse, a stranger has entered the Academy. And he has brought Death.

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Starred Review. In this gripping dystopian satire, ex-marine Sargent Whitmore has a plan to make millions while protecting children from the self-destructing modern world. He turns an old Mediterranean monastery into a combined impenetrable fortress and school, and enrolls 100 filthy-rich children, most of them already well-known for legal troubles, drug problems and paparazzi run-ins. Once there, everyone is cut off from the outside world, fed only canned news stories about wars and natural disasters. When things inevitably go horribly wrong, young hacker "Killer" Stade, physician assistant Cassie, drug and sex-crazed Sylvie and monastery-raised orphan Benny all attempt heroics, but remain deeply flawed. Reed (The Baby Merchant) displays unflinching willingness to explore all the facets of all of the characters, and her refusal to paint anyone as a simple villain makes this far more than a typical disaster novel. (Feb.)

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"Her prose is seasoned with zesty turns of phrase. A feast of entertaining food for thought. It's nourishing, tasty - and leaves you wanting more.” —The Associated Press on Thinner Than Thou

“Reed’s visionary tale is brilliant, though at times painful to read. The main characters all come to realize their strengths, who they are, and what is really important.” —Booklist on Thinner Than Thou

“[Kit Reed is] always incendiary.” —Vanity Fair

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In this gripping dystopian satire, ex-marine Sargent Whitmore has a plan to make millions while protecting children from the self-destructing modern world. He turns an old Mediterranean monastery into a combined impenetrable fortress and school, and enrolls 100 filthy-rich children, most of them already well-known for legal troubles, drug problems and paparazzi run-ins. Once there, everyone is cut off from the outside world, fed only canned news stories about wars and natural disasters. When things inevitably go horribly wrong, young hacker "Killer" Stade, physician assistant Cassie, drug and sex-crazed Sylvie and monastery-raised orphan Benny all attempt heroics, but remain deeply flawed. Reed (The Baby Merchant) displays unflinching willingness to explore all the facets of all of the characters, and her refusal to paint anyone as a simple villain makes this far more than a typical disaster novel. (Feb.)

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As the world winds down into an abyss of chaos, plague, and violence, some parents find protection for their children in the expensive Clothos Academy, a haven for the wealthy's next generation. When two boys hack into the school's computer, however, they discover a hidden agenda at the heart of the school. The author of Thinner Than Thou and The Night Children brews a heady batch of unusual characters and an out-of-the-box experience. For most sf collections.


—Jackie Cassada
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Speculative near-future redemption puzzler from Reed (The Baby Merchant, 2006, etc.). In a chaotic new world-there's violence, pandemics, climate and ecological upheaval-a few super-rich parents may buy safety for 100 fortunate children. High atop a crag called Clothos (Greek mythology buffs take note) stands a former monastery, now part sanctuary, part fortress, part jail; the selected children, you see, are drug-and-sex-addled starlets like Sylvie D'Estart, juvenile criminals such as Killer Stade or, like Teddy Regan, minor royalty embarrassingly afflicted with hereditary epilepsy. Run like a boot camp by Sarge, aka Lt. Col. Sargent Whitemore, USMC (Ret.), and assisted by a staff whose pasts are as checkered as those of the inmates, Mount Clothos is totally insulated from the outside and its presumed horrors. Odd, then, that these horrors come pre-recorded on CDs which Sarge broadcasts daily to the inmates. Deprived of technology, tattoos, bling and designer clothes, the kids rebel at first, but soon become compliant. Mostly. Then Benny, the old monastery's last survivor, discovers an intruder, injured and (maybe) infected with the same disease that long ago exterminated the monks. Roomies Killer and Teddy, meanwhile, desperate to update their status in the online role-playing video game World of Warcraft, hack into Sarge's precious server, only to admit a massive viral attack. As the server crashes, Sarge's computer expert goes AWOL, kids fall sick and Dr. Dratch is falling-down drunk. Starts off by making you think that nothing is what it seems, and ends up by being...well, exactly what it does seem, with little of the edgy, satirical resonance normally characteristic of Reed's work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765321619
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kit Reed is the author of the Alex Award-winning Thinner Than Thou and many other novels, including The Night Children, her first young adult work. Reed has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and has been a James W. Tiptree Award finalist. Kit Reed lives in Middletown, CT, where she is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    Fans who appreciate something off beat will enjoy this satirical allegorical thriller

    Former marine "Sarge" Whitemore renovates Clothos, an isolated island that once was a Benedictine monk monastery. The only survivor from the religious order is elderly lay brother Benny. After the reconstruction is completed, Sarge offers a deal to affluent parents with troubled youngsters. In exchange for an exorbitant amount of money, he informs them that he can save their dissolute off spring from themselves and the ugly world. Give him their kids so his ¿hermetically sealed private school¿ can ¿keep them safe¿.<BR/><BR/>The response from bone weary emotionally shot adults is incredible as bidding wars over obtaining one of the hundred seats begin. Sarge collects the chosen hundred; tosses away their gizmos and on Destination Day takes them to the remote isle that the unhappy kids scornfully call Mount Clothos. Nothing works in accordance with the plan as the physician is a drunk, kids hack into the computer room, Benny hid an ailing friend whose illness has pandemically spread amongst the residents, and then there is the rest of the staff and the ghost. <BR/><BR/>Ironically in spite of his martinet throwback drill instructor persona, Sarge is not the champion of this intriguing story line. Instead the teens led by peer Killer Stade are the heroes as they fight to stop the virus spread and the mob mentality of the staff and faculty. Quite frankly adults are condemned (worse than in Wild in the Streets) as miscreants who fail at the ecology, at raising their kids, and at saving those stuck at the isolated island. Fans who appreciate something off beat will enjoy this satirical allegorical thriller that claims the boomers and Gen X as pathetic losers with the present teen generation the only hope to save the planet from its elders.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 10, 2014

    Light... helloooo

    I forgot why I wa here...

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    Posted January 3, 2014

    Poison

    Gtg. Post a similar bio to mine at next res

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    Posted January 17, 2014

    Snow

    Think i got locked out. Not the first time.

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    Posted January 9, 2014

    Light

    Sorry, had to go to bed last night. So, you here now?

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    Posted January 1, 2014

    Peppermint

    My bio is up

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    Sad and ridiculous.

    Sad and ridiculous.

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