Sea of Glass

Barry B. Longyear, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-94402-5
The weight of overpopulation forces massive changes in the near future of Longyear's Malthusian nightmare. Childbearing becomes a strictly regimented privilege, and those who violate the law are subject to drastic punishment. As one of these illegal children, seven-year-old Thomas Windom is placed in a heavily guarded labor camp. There he learns to accept brutality and murder as a direct expression of his society long before legal reforms offer him a conventional education. Fascinated by the thing he hates, Windom's escape and his life as a nonperson lead inevitably to the Department of Predictions that rules his world. Violent and pumped up with the adrenalin of fear, the novel all too often seems a glib if flashy reworking of familiar dystopian themes. (October 6)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1986
Release date: 08/01/1986
Paperback - 375 pages - 978-0-595-18965-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-380-70055-4
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