Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Unit


by Ninni Holmqvist.

Quickie Recap: On her 50th birthday, Dorrit is declared by her government to be disposable, so she, and others like her, are whisked away to the unit. They have no children, and no fame to redeem them, and so they are used as lab rats until such a time as they can ultimately be used for spare parts and make one big "final donation."

Quickie Review: Destined to be viewed as a great dystopian novel, I was immediately angry, fascinated, repulsed, and drawn the fuck in. Irresistible. Imaginative. Scary as hell.

Quickie Recommendation: Oh yeah, this one is very, very high on my list of loves.

6 comments:

Lit and Life said...

Yours is the highest praise I've read yet for this book. It's kind of teetered on whether or not to read it; sounds like it's worth a try.

Droog said...

Sounds like Obama-care.
Level with me, is this what you're going through in Canada... :)

Lolly said...

Cool - voting buttons. I dig interactive websites. :)

Lorna said...

this all sounds sort of familiar but I'm on vacation and can't think why

Mark J said...

I love your reviews Jay. This will be on my "to buy" list as soon as I've finished the last of those Jasper Fforde books I cant put down :)

anne... said...

i just finished this book (this morning in fact!), and it was pretty intense and good. but i was a bit disappointed in the end... maybe i need to think on it a bit? thanks for another great book suggestion, jay!