EUTOPIA TERRIBLE OPTIMISM

by David Nickle

October 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

EUTOPIA TERRIBLE OPTIMISM is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother''s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope. At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman''s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke. And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up. Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada - industrialist Garrison Harper''s attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection - the cruelty of the surgeon''s knife - the folly of the cull - and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 16, 2012

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0999723111

ISBN - 13: 9780999723111

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking In the brutal winter of 1911, teenage Jason Thistledown loses his mother--his only parent--to an epidemic that wipes out the entire population of Cracked Wheel, Montana, the closest town to their isolated cabin. It seems, however, that Jason's no-good father has left him with something valuable after all: he alone is immune to the disease. A hitherto unheard of aunt shows up just as Jason is despairing. She insists that he accompany her to the eutopian town of Eliada, Idaho. Something strange is going on in Eliada, however, and Jason's aunt is not who she seems to be. Working for the Eugenics Record Office, she has reasons of her own for wanting Jason to come to Eliada, a town in which eugenicists attempt to build a utopia of the strongest and the best. What if, however, a being that is not human is found to be genetically superior to Eliada's human population? Adventure-filled and thought provoking, this novel would make a good read for those who enjoyed The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) or Red Rising (by Pierce Brown).
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eutopia isn't a Utopian Read This book is super strange. It is a dark ficition, but I believe it could even be classified as sci-fi. Either way, the reason I wasn't thrilled about this book is because I find it hard to even express to you what the novel was actually about, what the plotline was. It's not that the book was confusing, it's just that it is so strange, it is hard to put into words. For those of you who like to be disturbed and see the darker side of humanity, this is a book I would recommend, BUT, buy the bargain book for 5.99, I wouldn't say it's worth $18. By the way, the title "Eutopia" is in reference to EUgenics and a Utopian society.
Date published: 2013-06-10

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EUTOPIA TERRIBLE OPTIMISM

by David Nickle

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 16, 2012

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0999723111

ISBN - 13: 9780999723111

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The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother''s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope. At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman''s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke. And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up. Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada - industrialist Garrison Harper''s attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection - the cruelty of the surgeon''s knife - the folly of the cull - and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.
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