Dec 24, 2008

The Cure

The Cure was a very promising science fiction novel to begin with. It is set in a future Utopic world but when Gemm 16884 starts acting contrary to accepted behavior the book took a turn into very intense historical fiction. And while it was very well written and historically accurate, it just wasn’t what I wanted from the book. it went somewhere "new" and maybe that isn't always a good thing

The hybrid did not integrate the way that I would have hoped. The elements of the stories were almost completely separate; a historical novel book ended with pure science fiction. Though I could see how and why this book has been popular to read in school. If I had to read this in school I would have loved it.

I like to know as little as possible about a book before I read it, and sometimes that leads to disappointments. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I knew what to expect out of it. But critically I have to observe that on a creative level this book just didn’t work for me. There is a lot of potential there but the story would have had to been crafted in an entirely different way.


  1. I read this book awhile back, and I thought it was interesting, but not particularly memorable...In fact, I can't really remember what it was about, just that I read it. Which proves the "not memorable" thing.

  2. I read this book when I was teaching 8th graders, and I was both surprised and delighted by the turns the story took. If I were familiar with Brave New World, I might feel otherwise; people who've read Brave New World seem to agree that Levitin borrowed heavily from Huxley. But as I have yet to read Brave New World and knew next to nothing about the plague, I enjoyed the book from cover to cover.


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