Perfect People

Robert Lieberman, Author Dell Publishing Company $3.95 (294p) ISBN 978-0-440-16866-9
The background of this novel is standard Brave New World: a genetically engineered, deracinated future without sex, art or music. The protagonist is a cop, though, and he sees through the myths of Creatoria, the huge underground city whereso they are toldthe last remnants of mankind are hiding in the aftermath of a nuclear war. The same elements of curiosity and empathy that make Creally Leemling a good Peace Monitor separate him from his cool, placid society and prepare him for his meeting with unreconstructed humans and subsequent revelations about Creatoria. Lieberman departs from his hand-me-down premise in the telling. The suspenseful narrative and the unusually sharp, evocative visual sense speed from stainless Creatoria to gritty outlying farms to a lush rain forest (a museum of the old days) and finally to the sewage pipes and ventilation shafts that offer escape. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1986
Release date: 04/01/1986
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