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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. Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological. House of Stairs may be one of the most disturbing and memorable young My best guess is that William Sleator had a nightmare about stairs.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Peter is in awe of Oliver, who resembles a close friend he once had, but he bonds with Lola, who takes a protective stance toward him from the beginning. Why are they there?

And House of Stairs tells eilliam story of five teenagers in this situation freaking out. There’s a reason people remember it. Of all the ones I’ve read, this book is probably the one that creeped me out the most. It was just sooo good, easy 5 stars for me.

House of Stairs

The last line in the book is one of the more frightening ones in literature, right up there with the last line in From there it gets only worse. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

See all books by William Sleator. I also think that it’s a good companion read for one of my favorites, The Hunger Games.


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Buy the Mass Market Paperback: Refresh and houe again. A fantastic book, but so disturbing I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone younger than about Escherwhich provided the novel’s title and setting, [1] sleaor a psychological exploitation of a social dynamics experiment. Follow McNeilAuthor my read shelf: Another, more obvious, theme to this story is that of human conditioning and the false security it provides.

This book was enthralling from the first scene, featuring Peter awakening on a landing intensely disoriented and frightened. So I figured it was high time I read something by this mysterious man.

House of Stairs by William Sleator. William Sleator’s suspenseful, almost sci-fi, novel is pretty old even older than me, but don’t tell anyonebut I think its lack of specific details means that it holds up pretty well. Peter, Lola, Blossom, Abigail and Oliver are our protagonists and they all clearly differ from one another with the five of them presenting a nice range of reactions and interactions to each other and the situation around them.

Lola comes across as being particularly determined to find away out and tries to take charge.

House of Stairs by William Sleator

While its age shines through at parts, it’s short, it’s quick, it’s weird, it spreads goosebumps, and it sticks. Lola, Peter, Oliver, Abigail, and Blossom could not be more diff What would you do if you woke up in a seemingly never-ending space full of stairs?


The toilet is precariously perched in the middle of a bridge, and they must drink from it as well. The room is painted blindingly white and is filled with stairs.

In only pages, William Sleator delivers an unforgettable tale. Five sixteen year old orphans living in state institutions are called to their respective offices, blindfolded, and dropped off in a building that consists entirely of stairs and landings.

I haven’t re-read it as an adult yet, but I will be. I first read the synopsis for this a few years ago and the concept immediately caught my attention. Sleator puts five teenagers in a giant house of stairs they can’t escape and watches them interact. Hous if I know.

This would definitely hkuse listed as one of the Impact Books in my life. The story of five teenagers locked in a place that consisted only of stairs and landings, the way they were trained like Pavlov’s dogs to respond to the demands of a machine for food, demands that became ever more horrible.