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The Cure

  Levitin, Sonia

Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Number of Pages: 181
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Historical fiction
Science fiction

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:



Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

It is 2407, only approximately 400 years in the future, but oh, how the world has changed. The people, who are genetically engineered and each have a twin of the opposite gender, wear colored silk masks and drink serotonin drinks to eliminate the risk of emotions. Gemm 16884 is deemed a troublemaker because his inclinations toward music and diversity clash with his society’s tranquility (and unchallenged conformity). The Elders have one last radical solution to rid Gemm of his feelings -– The Cure -– and it involves sending him back to Strasbourg as a Jew during the Black Plague. This book has been compared to Lois Lowry's The Giver and does an excellent job of blending drama, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

Reviewed by: Amanda "Mandy" O'Brien on 3/2/2004

Similar Authors:

Lois Lowry

Similar Titles:

The Giver by Lois Lowry see our review
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
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