House Of Stairs by William Sleator

House Of Stairs

byWilliam Sleator

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1991

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This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere--except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls?  

"An intensely suspenseful page-turner." --School Library Journal

"A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events." --Kirkus Reviews

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William Sleator (1945-2011) is the author of numerous science fiction books for children and young adults, including Interstellar Pig, House of Stairs, and Blackbriar.
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Title:House Of StairsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.13 × 4.38 × 0.43 inPublished:April 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140345809

ISBN - 13:9780140345803

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Five sixteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response

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"When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The GiverCity of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator." --io9.com