The Unit

The Unit

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781590513132
1590513134
9781590513330
1590513339
Branch Call Number: FIC Holm
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine

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A peaceful government-run sanctuary for seniors...OR IS IT.


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bacoghlin
Sep 17, 2018

A very disturbing story.

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riverbedp
Aug 23, 2018

Kind of a grim story for a person who, like me, has any failing essential organ.

melwyk Aug 20, 2018

Powerful read about what is valued by society and the way we treat those we deem 'dispensable'. Terrifying bland and realistic, this dystopia is scarily plausible.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

In this world, the childless are "outsiders". When women reach fifty (sixty-five for men), they are sent to The Reserve Bank Unit for Biological Material. They have become expendable.

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wmtlady
Jan 22, 2018

I expected a dystopian theme but was given so much more. I regard this debut novel excellent because it not only gives much to think about the worth of people beyond their external "contributions" to society but delves into the worth of our beings, independence and dependence and what makes up the rich, woven tapestry of relationships. Even the ending was satisfying, not the expected "happily-ever-after" but GOOD in context.

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thelibrarylush
Dec 07, 2017

December book Goodreads book group let by The Skeptical Reader

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abcDena
Mar 15, 2016

Fantastic! This is a seemingly simple tale about a seemingly simplified future. So good I had to read it twice.

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luzeng
Dec 21, 2014

It's a pretty typical dystopia (similar model as Ishiguro's 'When We Were Orphans'), but with more heteronormativity and a problematic evaluation of current movements towards gender equality. Included: the most Swedish defense of female submission you've ever heard. You'll like it if you count 'dystopian' among your fifty shades of gray.

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StarGladiator
May 23, 2013

An intriguing and somber novel, about a not so improbable future. A good read.

HaroStrait Oct 20, 2011

The premise of this book - that those of us that don't 'contribute' to society are disposable - is truly horrifying. And it's not marginalized people that are at risk - it's normal middle class types who don't have kids or jobs that 'contribute'. That there is such acceptance of the premise by the characters in the book is chilling. This is a story that will stay with you.

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Mandy96 Aug 29, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Mandy96 Aug 29, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Mandy96 Aug 29, 2009

Loving and leaving don’t go together. They are two irreconcilable concepts, and when they are forced together by outside circumstances they require an explanation.

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