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The United States in the year 2010 is a country ravaged by V-CIDS, a deadly mutation of the AIDS virus. With proportions reaching epidemic stages, the government has set up isolated intern camps--with shocking intentions! Ultimately a story of hope and human courage, this is a gripping and powerful novel from a master storyteller. Ads in Locus. HC: Roc.
A praiseworthy attempt at consciousness-raising, but with same gross flaws—in plotting, characterization, backdrop, and development—as Hickman's previous offerings.
Posted December 3, 2003
I read this book six years ago, and the ideas that Mr.Hickman adresses still haunt me today! He very skillfully addresses issues of racism, disease, war, the news and propaganda. Are we as humans so lacking thought that we cannot come up with ideas ourselves? Do we need our lives programmed by the media? This book would say, 'yes!' Today, with reality television and the dumbing down of Hollywood films and books, I would agree with Mr. Hickman. This is not a very happy book, but I still think about the ideas that are addressed. There is a section in the middle of the book where the main character speaks about how mankind must not forget the past; how he and his follwers must carry on their predecessor's legacies, as well as their own. As a humanitarian and a historian, this section gave me goosebumps. I am truly sorry that I am the only person that seems to have read this book, and got something out of it. Personally, this is one of the most important books that I have ever read in my entire life. More of you need to get off the couch and read this book. You will never think about life around you in the same way!!!
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