E-book readers: haven’t had a chance to read Elizabeth Moon‘s Nebula award-winning novel, THE SPEED OF DARK? Now is the perfect time to pick it up, as it’s on sale for $2.99 until December 1 through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Here’s a peek at the plot:
In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Lou Arrendale, a high-functioning autistic adult, is a member of the lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the rewards of medical science. He lives a low-key, independent life. But then he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music—with its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world—shades and hues that others cannot see? Most important, would he still love Marjory, a woman who may never be able to reciprocate his feelings? Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world . . . and the very essence of who he is.
With Random House releasing a tenth anniversary edition of THE SPEED OF DARK earlier this year, and Rutgers University selecting it as their required summer reading, this novel has proven itself to be a true classic. You can check out all 50+ wonderful reviews, but this one from The Washington Post sums it up nicely: “A lot of novels promise to change the way a reader sees the world; THE SPEED OF DARK actually does.”