Sea of Glass

Sea of Glass

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by Barry B. Longyear
     
 

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A boy, who has known nothing in his brief life but love and darkness, forces open a window and sees for the first time the outside world, which also sees him: an illegal immigrant by birth. Arrested, his parents tortured to death, we see through Thomas Windom's eyes a race preparing to deal with overpopulation in the only manner left.

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A boy, who has known nothing in his brief life but love and darkness, forces open a window and sees for the first time the outside world, which also sees him: an illegal immigrant by birth. Arrested, his parents tortured to death, we see through Thomas Windom's eyes a race preparing to deal with overpopulation in the only manner left.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
For those interested in science fiction, Barry Longyear is required reading.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The weight of overpopulation forces massive changes in the near future of Longyear's Malthusian nightmare. Childbearing becomes a strictly regimented privilege, and those who violate the law are subject to drastic punishment. As one of these illegal children, seven-year-old Thomas Windom is placed in a heavily guarded labor camp. There he learns to accept brutality and murder as a direct expression of his society long before legal reforms offer him a conventional education. Fascinated by the thing he hates, Windom's escape and his life as a nonperson lead inevitably to the Department of Predictions that rules his world. Violent and pumped up with the adrenalin of fear, the novel all too often seems a glib if flashy reworking of familiar dystopian themes. (October 6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595189656
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

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Sea of Glass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Mr. Longyear's, but found this book my least favorite. The story is heart-rending and depressive. Yet, it is still compelling because of Longyear's interjection of hope through characters who rise above the world they are in, by showing us that man can find the best within himself. I was bitterly disappointed in the fatalistic ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book for the first time in fifth grade, and simply loved it. It's full of action and philosophical questions about where we're headed as the number of people in the world increases. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Barry Longyear that I ever read. It's a fairly easy read for people willing to sit through it (at times that was hard for me). The subject matter can be a bit harsh, but from what I've read by the author, that's just Mr. Longyear's style. Sea of Glass really did keep me on my toes, as I read about the life of a boy who grows up in a world where he isn't welcome. I think most people's first reaction to this book would be one of repulsion, as it hints to a very neo-nazi point of view and seems to go against the grain of a very basic animal instinct to reproduce as much as possible. Once your done reading it, however, you really have to think about how you feel and what kind of message this book says about the future of mankind. Are we destined for a world like this, or a world of Soylent Green? I recommend this book to people 12 and older, for reading level, and subject matter.