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Stupid Perfect World

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by Scott Westerfeld
 

In this future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Kieran Black lives in a "perfect" world. Disease and starvation have been eradicated, sleep is unnecessary, and it takes no time at all to go from the Bahamas to the moon. But now Kieran has to take Scarcity, a class about how people lived in the bad old days. And as if sitting through an hour of

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In this future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Kieran Black lives in a "perfect" world. Disease and starvation have been eradicated, sleep is unnecessary, and it takes no time at all to go from the Bahamas to the moon. But now Kieran has to take Scarcity, a class about how people lived in the bad old days. And as if sitting through an hour of Scarcity every day wasn't depressing enough, it's final projects time. Each student must choose some form of ancient hardship to experience for two whole weeks. Kieran chooses having to sleep eight hours a night, which doesn't seem too annoying.

Maria Borsotti has never thought much of Kieran, but she decides to take pity on him and help him out with his project. Soon, Kieran is sleeping and having vivid dreams, while Maria, whose Scarcity project is to give up all teenage hormone regulation, is experiencing emotions she never knew she had. As their assignments draw them closer together, they begin to wonder if the olden days weren't so bad. Maybe something has been missing from their perfect lives after all?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062244079
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
HarperTeen Impulse
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
55
Sales rank:
282,733
File size:
378 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.

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Stupid Perfect World 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
lunabam More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty short e-book, but it is classic Scott Westerfeld. He writes like no other can. Thought short, it is still filled with the Westerfeld's original and creative ideas for the future world. It was a very enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it had said somewhere that it was only 46 pages. Its a good idea, but it needed to be a lot longer. I feel like the author could have expanded on this and made an amazing novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was ok good point but needed more detail. It would have brrb better if it was a novel in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice and quick read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved The Uglies books so I wanted to try this. Good story but wouldn't have bought if I realized it was only 46 pages. Definitely could've done more with this book, possibly built a series from it. Mostly disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really need to read the comments before i buy another book! Nowhere did it say novella, 45 pages? Dude get over yourself so not worth $1.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story, so don't expect the depth of a novel. Even so, it shows some real imagination & interesting ideas. Even a middle-aged guy like me can relate to this YA story (I remember being that young once). Well worth your time. It's the first Westerfeld story that I have read. It won't be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the writing. Loved the concept. Loved the brevity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 41 pages! I bought it for 3.99 and it was super short and it was also very confusing. It was a good idea but needs more build up and more details. Very very dissapointing
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He stomps in and sets up targets with dominos face on it and chops each one down with ease, and they were full concrete. Oh how I love my sword, and hate domino
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Even though it was really short, the read was not so bad. It made me think of the Uglies series which was awesome. I wish that it was longer because it would have made a great series. Who knows maybe it will or not. I think it was and interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short, but still great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything he writes is awesome!! Just saying!
SerendipityReviews More than 1 year ago
Imagine a world without sickness or disease; a utopia that we all dream of. Now take it a step further and imagine sleep is no longer needed, hormones are regulated, transporting to another country is just seconds away. This is the paradise-like world set up in Stupid Perfect World. The novella alternates POVs between Kieran and Maria. Maria has a crush on Kieran, but he’s not the girl his eyes are set on. During Scarcity class, a class that focuses on life before perfection, the students are asked to opt for a certain ‘problem’ from back in the day. Maria opts to stop her hormones from being regulated; she wants to feel things full force. Kieran, not having prepared for this project, opts to add sleep to his schedule. When the two projects merge, dreams and strong emotions, a connectionis formed. This is a beautiful short story, and my only complaint is that it wasn’t nearly long enough. Scott has such a way with creating this unique worlds and this novella is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am a big fan of the Uglies series, and this book satisfied my dystopian craving. The length, in my opinion, just helped the book on its way to be one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a little story on how teens react to the opposite sex in a futuristic setting. Even though it is sometimes suggestive it is an overall good story for teens and adults alike.