Sea of Glass

Barry B. Longyear

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Sea of Glass

Sea of Glass A boy who has known nothing in his brief life but love and darkness forces open a window and sees for the first time the outside world which also sees him an illegal immigrant by birth Arrested hi

  • Title: Sea of Glass
  • Author: Barry B. Longyear
  • ISBN: 9780595189656
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • A boy, who has known nothing in his brief life but love and darkness, forces open a window and sees for the first time the outside world, which also sees him an illegal immigrant by birth Arrested, his parents tortured to death, we see through Thomas Windom s eyes a race preparing to deal with overpopulation in the only manner left.

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    1. Stephen on said:

      5.0 stars. One of those rare books that has you thinking about it LONG after you are finished with it. Beautifully written but deeply disturbing. One of the best dystopian SF novels I have read. Highly recommended.

    2. Dave Sunhammer on said:

      It is amazing how many people read the words in this book, but missed the meanings."Sea of Glass" merges Orwell's "1984" and Azimov's "Foundation" in a very well written work. Extremely dark, vicious, and generally more applicable to today's world, Longyear exposes the truth that a 'Big Brother' and thought crime are not needed to oppress a people. Indeed, they can be oppressed without even knowing it.People denounce the violence as gratuitous only because they cannot see its blatantly transpare [...]

    3. read_gooder_more_fastly on said:

      A book that makes you think, and one of the darkest books I have ever read. Strong characterization for a science fiction novel, and without skimping on the interplay between humanity and technology. The book poses some very difficult questions.

    4. Stephen Futterer on said:

      This future-dystopian novel has held up well since it was written in 1987. The doomsday clock device of an unavoidable war reflects the cold war geopolitical back drop (and cleverly referencing various films like "Dr. Strangelove" from the perspective of a film buff) of that time exacerbated by a projected explosive population growth; but it could easily pertain to other modern problems like global warming or terrorism or water scarcity. It felt current and didn't get hung up on gadgets and desc [...]

    5. Robert on said:

      From the SF sub-genres of "the Big Computer runs everything" and "childhood horror" and "over-reaction to over population."A mesmerizing beginning and the amazing ability Longyear has with words and characterization kept me going once the story delves into the lawless concentration camp for illegal kids. That segment of the story works best as extended metaphor for abused and neglected kids, those children who society would rather pretend don't exist. Longyear certainly doesn't shy from detail, [...]

    6. Jennifer on said:

      I'm not sure what I think of this book. The first three-quarters are quite different from the rest. Most of the story tells of Thomas Windom, a boy who became an orphan, called an Outcaster, when his parents were executed for unauthorized procreation, and the cruelty he and the other Outcaster faced at the forced labor camp. Then the story becomes a twist of his thoughts and counter thoughts as he tries to understand the world and his role in it. I found it difficult to parse out all the element [...]

    7. Allison on said:

      This book starts out as a rather disturbing story about how a society has responded to the problem of overpopulation. The book follows the life of Tommy Windom. Through each stage of the character's life different he becomes imprisoned in different ways: either within his home or a concentration camp or simply from his own fear. The story is not just a dystopia but also takes on the role of a modern existentialist novel that questions whether our future is predetermined (in this case, by a compu [...]

    8. Fil on said:

      Needlessly graphic violence and a underdeveloped ending ruined a very good, if unoriginal, idea: "super-computer, seen and unseen, controls everything on Earth, what next?" storyline with a protagonist, Thomas Windom, struggling to determine if he is an independent (a?)moral agent or mere puppet. I could live with the violence not the denouement.

    9. Peter Johnston on said:

      Excellent coming of age novel, uses classic YA dystopian tropes, but the horrors of a labour camp for illegally born children is a bit too harrowing for younger readers. Much of the novel is about free will and determinism, but the author's overly optimistic opinions of computer predictions jarred slightly with me. Overall, a good thought provoking page turner.

    10. Tyler Jones on said:

      This is unusually dark and serious for a Longyear book, so if you are seeking more of that wacky sense of humour you might find this quite dour. I found it very powerful when I read it shortly after it was published; an interesting look at how our values are engineered in our childhood. It made me think long and hard about myself and just why I believed the things I did.

    11. Brian McDevitt on said:

      First read this novel about 25 years ago. Can't believe how much of it had stayed with me.Another novel which has disappeared due to the cold war being a part of the plot. Not that it changes the main themes in the book which are still relevant.Excellent, thought provokng novel but one for the strong heart and strong stomach.

    12. Mel on said:

      Viciously violent, graphic and packed full of moral and psychological questions. The ending feels a bit rushed and anticlimactic in comparison to the lead up. Had it an ending that matched the first part of the book, it would have scored higher.

    13. John on said:

      Such a great and disturbing book. Survival of the species, civilization, population, politics, phychohistory. Awesome. This figuratively had me on the edge of my seat guessing where it was going and to think about the nature of morality. And it didn't end how I thought it would.

    14. Edmund on said:

      I despise it when authors (or artists of any creative medium) feel it necessary to censor their words in order to cater to the social norms of popular culture. But the violence depicted in this book, I believe, was overly vicious and graphic, most of it completely unnecessary.

    15. Theja Putta on said:

      Read it a long time back. I remember it only vaguely now. But I seem to recall that I liked it then

    16. Kelsey on said:

      This is truly a great book. Dark and horribly disturbing, it does well what 1984 and This Perfect Day only attempted.

    17. Eileen Reeger on said:

      This book was shorted one star only b/c the ending was a bit of a let-down. Still, it was worth every second. I am planning on reading this author's other works.

    18. David Agranoff on said:

      I read this many years ago but it is a quite good Science Fiction novel.

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