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In the near future, a cure for autism has been found. But what about the people who already have it? Their special skills have been harnessed by a business, which works around their needs and eccentricities. However, now that business thinks that it has found a cure for adults with autism. Should they take it? How can they make the choice? Is the company exterting undue pressure on them? This takes a very hard look at the concept of autism from an inside perspective and asks the hard questions about ethics when dealing with the mentally abnormal. An impressive work, nothing like Mrs. Moon's usual paths.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting a personal illness/handicap Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Age:    -   40's-50's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius    -   Mentally ill or deluded


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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