Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 5.3
Lexile Measure®: 740L
Guided Reading: W
- Science Fiction
- Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
- Courage, Bravery, Heroism
About This BookThey call him Spaz, because his epilepsy prevents him from using mind probes that are rotting everyone else's minds. Which is why he still has a memory — something rare in the frightening world he lives in.
Civilization has been destroyed, except for the forbidden place called Eden, where a small group of people have discovered genetic improvement. Yet one old man, the one they call Ryter, has a lot of crazy and wonderful ideas. Nobody remembers books, but Ryter is writing one — even though he knows he may be punished by death.
Both chilling and inspiring, the story is ultimately about those who have the courage to become conscious in a world that invites us to choose illusion and denial. Here is a powerful tale of love, loss, and the challenges we all face to make thoughtful, moral choices.