Vow of Silence

Robert Laughlin, Author . Trytium $11.95 (212p) ISBN 978-0-9798413-4-7

Information overload sends a man over the edge in Laughlin's chilling debut. Karal Evender is only 15 when he arrives in Dreiden to be trained as a Datist. Karal's memory is so good that he's assigned to become a Cartist who helps preserve the world's knowledge for a manipulative organization called the Knowlodge. Although disappointed to learn his specialty will be toxicology, Karal nonetheless attains Cartist status and a job working for Superintendent Blixon, Dreiden's chief law enforcement officer. When he tries and fails to sustain a romantic relationship with Alenna, his landlady's daughter, the strain of knowing too much about poison and death leads Karal to a shocking decision. Laughlin uses a somber, dispassionate first-person narration that effectively suggests the gulf between knowledge and wisdom. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/06/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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