The Speed of Dark Book Summary and Study Guide

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It is science fiction that happens in a near future, but beyond that many of the tropes of science fiction are not in this book. It is narrated by Lou Arrendale a 30-ish autistic man who has an important job with a very large company recognizing complex patterns. He works in a unit made up of other autistic people and they have their gym at work with trampolines and special music. Lou and his co-workers get a new boss who insists on changes. Babies, in this near future, who are born autistic can be "fixed" soon after birth, but some researchers have come up with a treatment that may work for adults. Lou's boss tells them either they get the treatment or they get fired.
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Lawyers stop this, but first we see how very rich Lou's life is. He has good friends from work. He has friends with whom he fences. He has friends at his apartment complex. He doesn't see this, but we do.   He and his peers want very much to be normal (mostly); we see that they *are* normal.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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