This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.
One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere–except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls?
“When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The Giver. City of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator.” –io9.com