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A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

With soaring literary prose and the tense pacing of a thriller, the first-time novelist Peyton Marshall imagines a grim and startling future. At the end of the twenty-first century--in a transformed America--the sons of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state--removed from their homes and raised on "Goodhouse" campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses. Goodhouse is a savage place--part prison, part boarding school--and now a radical religious group, the Holy Redeemer's Church of Purity, is intent on destroying each campus and purifying every child with fire.
We see all this through the eyes of James, a transfer student who watched as the radicals set fire to his old Goodhouse and killed nearly everyone he'd ever known. In addition to adjusting to a new campus with new rules, James now has to contend with Bethany, a brilliant, medically fragile girl who wants to save him, and with her father, the school's sinister director of medical studies. Soon, however, James realizes that the biggest threat might already be there, inside the fortified wallsof Goodhouse itself.
Partly based on the true story of the nineteenth-century Preston School of Industry, Goodhouse explores questions of identity and free will--and what it means to test the limits of human endurance.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2014
ISBN: 9780374165628
Branch Call Number: FIC Mars
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Good house


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Mar 15, 2015

Enjoyable dystopian read. Nothing earth shattering, but somewhat thought-provoking. Reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood's dystopian stuff.

Jan 17, 2015

An enjoyable read

path111 Dec 21, 2014

A page turner. Well written.

Social science has progressed in the late 21st Century but lacking a moral foundation. Boys with genetic markers are taken from the families of offenders, stripped of their identity, and sent to isolated prison-like reform schools where a new way of thinking is to be absorbed.

This takes setting aside some reality checks, but the story is worth it. Told in the first person, the behavior of James declines and falls from honor status. He discovers how his thinking has been imprisoned. He faces up to the evil in the system and the natural drive for health within.

Nov 03, 2014

Great book!


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