In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.
Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.
But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her "gift," a world marked for destruction by a deadly conspiracy of freedom and revenge.
©1993 Nancy Kress; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Superb....An exquisite saga of biological advantages." (Denver Post)
"A depth of imagination unusual even among science fiction writers." (Analog)
"[T]hrilling drama, compelling dialectic." (Kirkus Reviews)
If you can recall what your world looked like in 1993, and then listened to this book, I would say the author did her homework, or was channelling a slanted futuristic version of 1984. Well worth the listen.
To have great enjoyment you need great writing. Nancy uses words like a master, she drags you into places you might fear to tread and then rubs a salve on the wounds afterwards. I loved this.
For me the memorable moment is actually hearing words that have been put together properly and expertly. The dialogue ios crisp and accurate and the scenes are lavish and yet sparse at the same time - she reaches a balance so few writers today even try to reach. If you want to be a writer of note, then Nancy is one to learn from.
Not as yet, but she is now on my list.
I fell in love with this book. Yes it has taken me some time to get to it, but the thrill was wonderful.
You want only to read or listen to the best in the over-crowded book world - so why not get this now.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN MOVES ON.
This is divided into four books and after reading the first book, I thought I had found another go to author. Nancy won a Hugo for the novella by the same name and that must have been book one here. It was all about this new genetic engineering that could make your baby never need to sleep. Their were also other genetic enhancements to go with this, such as increased intelligence and looks, athleticism, etc... It was still in it's experimental stage. Only a few babies were getting it. The story is mostly about a girl that has this done to her and her growing up. Nancy covered all angles of the child growing up. How it affected her, her family and society. I loved the whole story and was really enjoying it. Then book 2 starts and probably what she added to the original novella.
I AM NOT ARGUING, MERELY CORRECTING YOUR FALSE STATEMENT
Now the book is preachy, telling not showing, lots of talking, no depth to characters who come in and out willy nilly. It basically sucks. I stuck with it for a long time hoping it would go back to the great book it was in the beginning. With 7 hours left I gave up. If you can find the novella, read that, but skip the book.
THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HATERS
Beggars in Spain is 'what if' a science fiction novel that assumes a modification in the world economy coupled with a modification in some members of the human race. The overly-simplistic modifications are not scientifically or sociologically very satisfying. The characters all wear either white or black hats and are melodramatic without complexity. It is a yawner, from start to finish.
The book is not helped by Cassandra Campbell's marshmallow interpretation, which I find a bit irritating.
Like a lot of sci fi, the writing does not betray any particular skill or knowledge of human nature.
I would rather not, but if the book is good enough, I would.
The story delved into the differences we all present to the world. No single group of disabused individuals can join and blame another group for their distress, everyone must take on that responsibility upon themselves.
I'd been hearing about this book for so long. I finally gave in, and gorged myself on it. It was fantastic. I'll say that you can tell that first "book" was the original novella (it was amazing), but it did have growing pains when the author introduced the other viewpoints. Overall it was still great. 5 Stars.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
This is a very good book that considers some interesting questions about biological advancement and distinction in society.
Interesting story. Liked the character and plot development for both characters and changes in the behavior of the United States population.The sleepless do seem to have all of the advantages until later in the book, when you realize they have needs and limitations, same as all human beings. I hated the leader of the sleepless Sanctuary, a testament to Ms. Kress' writing because I usually don't care enough about the characters to actively hate them after I put the book down.
The fact that the main sleepless character softened into a member of the human race.
Ms. Campbell has a gift for voice inflection. She does not rely on over-dramatization or drastic changes in pitch or tone (men v. women for instance); minor changes to inflection set mood, character and frame of mind.
I found myself hating Jennifer Sharifi, the champion for the Sanctuary more than usual for any good book I read.
I liked the
Others have commented on the Ayn Rand similarities - that didn't bother me, though. I found it to be entertaining science fiction.
The one irritation for me is that the narrator had a similar voice change when switching characters as she did when switching emotions. Some characters had voices very similar to one another's (and I guess the author under-did it on the "he said / she said"), so that sometimes it was hard to follow who was speaking when. The narrator had a wonderful odd breathy "Yes", but too many different characters used it. This is a minor quibble, though. I'm glad I bought it.
The style that this book was written lets you see what life could be like from a completely different perspective. It does bog down at parts but for the most part this is a well written and character driven book. The audio performance is quite solid but could have been better.
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