A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love by first time novelist Peyton Marshall."--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374165628
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAR
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Good house


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In late twenty-first century America, the offspring of convicted felons are tested for certain genetic markers and those who test positive are shipped off to "Goodhouses" where the children are trained to reform dark thoughts and impulses. Far from idyllic, the Goodhouses are part pris... Read More »

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Mar 15, 2015

Enjoyable dystopian read. Nothing earth shattering, but somewhat thought-provoking. Reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood's dystopian stuff.

Jan 17, 2015

An enjoyable read

path111 Dec 21, 2014

A page turner. Well written.

Social science has progressed in the late 21st Century but lacking a moral foundation. Boys with genetic markers are taken from the families of offenders, stripped of their identity, and sent to isolated prison-like reform schools where a new way of thinking is to be absorbed.

This takes setting aside some reality checks, but the story is worth it. Told in the first person, the behavior of James declines and falls from honor status. He discovers how his thinking has been imprisoned. He faces up to the evil in the system and the natural drive for health within.

Nov 03, 2014

Great book!

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