on 3 March 1998
I think this book, with Fahrenheit 451, really brought me into a deep awareness of the importance of personal integrity - regardless of societal pressures; that those pressures are not always healthy for society, and that they can end in tragedy. I joined the school council and started volunteering. A real beginning!
on 14 April 1997
House of Stairs chilled me to the very core. Sleator really made the reader feel as if they were trapped in the house of stairs with the characters, left to their natural instincts for survival. It was scary to discover how far our instincts will go, even to the point of harming others. The book could be a definite prequel for 1984, testing just how much the human spirit can plummet before death. The ending seemed a tad unrealistic, but it was a young adult novel, and happy endings are better anyways.
on 8 February 2010
In the future 5 orphaned 16-year-olds find themselves stranded in a nightmarish building. It consists of nothing but stairs and more stairs. There's no way out. Then they come across a machine. The machine gives them food when they dance for it. Not all the time, but since it's their only source of food they dance whenever it flashes. Then the dance stops working. Now the machine turns them against one another. How far are they willing to go?
This is a very exciting idea and a book I very appreciated. The ending was chilling.
The only thing I missed was a bit more depth to the characters. We didn't get to know anything really about three of them (Oliver, Lola and Abigail). And Peter's relationship with Jasper could have been explored in greater depth as well. It seemed odd how he was mentioned yet so little was told about him. The reason for Blossom's hostility and antisocial behavior could also be explained more. Did she have APD?
Other than feeling there was still more I wanted to know about them, I really enjoyed this one.