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In this 1970's book, the author explores a society in the near future which totally controls and represses all members. Difference between members is negated to the point that all members of the society are considered alike - actually genetic manipulation has taken place to make everyone of equal height, skin color, etc.
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Even worse is the mind control which extends to every portion of life - and is augmented by chemical infusions. There are only four names for girls and four names forboys. A frequent theme for the youth is winning and losing are t he same- it is the game. The only heroes of this world are Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
Gradually, the protaginist, Li (or Chip - his forbidden name given by his grandfat her) - begins to seek a way out of this stifling atmosphere.
His trials and tribulations - backsliding to the safe norm - and eventual fate make for one of the most exhilirating but depressing books I have ever read - given that it was written in1970, it is amazing how much of the total control can be seen to be something that could actually happen.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   drugs you    -   controls your mind    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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