FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Unemployed after high school in the highly robotic society of 2154, Lisse and seven friends resign themselves to a boring existence in their ""Designated Area"" until the government invites them to play The Game.
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MONICA HUGHES was the author of over thirty-five books. She received numerous literary awards, including, in 1982 and 1983, the Governor General’s Award (then known as the Canada Council Prize) for Children’s Literature. In 2002 Monica was made a member of the Order of Canada. She passed away in March 2003.From Kirkus Reviews:
The choice for high-school graduates in 2154: to live on the dole or become colonists. Lisse and her friends are bright, caring young people, but there are no jobs. Thrown together by a computer, they forge a fortress from an abandoned warehouse and learn to live with one another, avoiding the streets' drugs and hedonism. Suddenly, there comes an invitation to the Game: shared computer-induced experiences in a wild, virgin wilderness. Always, when injury threatens, the computer pulls them back--until the last time, when they discover that they have actually emigrated to another part of the galaxy. Using their individual and group skills, they start to conquer the new planet, ultimately meeting and intermarrying with other groups of colonists. Hughes, a facile, experienced writer, knows how to keep a story moving. She conveys a real sense of social threat; the reader cares about the group's small victories over the mean streets. Unfortunately, she telegraphs her punches: the new planet may astonish the characters, but it won't surprise the reader. The details of environment and skills to cope with it are adroitly done; but the hard technology--e.g., computer-induced reality and painless, undetected transport across light-years-- are less convincing, while the tidy conclusion has a perfunctory feel. A mixed effort, but entertaining. (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Turtleback Books. School & Library Binding. Estado de conservación: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 2755804158
Descripción Turtleback, 1993. School & Library Binding. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0785711910