May 13, 2010

Good choice for book clubs

by Phyllis Gotlieb

A nuclear accident causes mutations in a town's children. Due to their violent and destructive powers, they are interned in a prison called the Dump. When they break free, Shandy Johnson and her friends must find them before they can do anymore damage.

The plot gets a little bogged down in psychological explanations for the teens' delinquent behaviour. Some readers may be offended at the generalities expressed - that poverty, immigration, disability, even body type - are responsible for deviant actions. First published in 1964, the novel also contains a few politically incorrect terms.

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