It is New Year in paranoid, computer-rich New Tork, and a group of Owners has jet-rotored out to party in O-Zone. In this novel New York is a sealed city and visits to the eerie, radioactive wasteland of O-Zone are now rarer than moon landings.
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"Remarkable... Powerful... Mesmerizing... Lyrical."
Welcome to the America of the 21st century. The O-Zone is a forbidding land of nuclear waste, mutants, and aliens. Except for one place that is a beautiful oasis amidst the destruction. When two aliens are shot that look suspiciously human, Hooper Allbright, disurbed by the memories of those he once loved, goes back down into the O-Zone to try to reach the people he lost, though they may be unreachable by now....
"Smart, witty, grotesque, and brutal."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Theroux's view of humanity is becoming increasingly bleak even as he stretches his reach with this novel that brilliantly depicts the world as it may become. In the not-too-distant future, America has turned into a police state and a rigidly class-obsessed, terrifyingly racist society. On the verge of anarchy, the country is fragmented into many chaotic parts. The Owners, the remnant elite who live in armed enclaves protected by fearsome security forces, feel menaced by aliensalso called Roaches, Trolls, Skells, Starkiesall those who lead desperate lives of poverty and despair. A group of eight Owners, including a near-genius adolescent, seek an adventurous thrill in a rocket trip to the forbidden area of the O-Zone, formerly the Ozarks, which has been sealed off following massive nuclear contamination. The experience changes all of them, and a second, secret voyage there has terrifying consequences. Theroux has vizualized every detail of his desolate, all-too-plausible world. His scathing social commentary is powerful and convincing; his characters, while too unappealing to win the readers' sympathy, etch themselves in the mind. This highly literate science fiction is not a pleasant book to read, but it is a significant contribution to the literature of what may be a preapocalyptic world.
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Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140099891
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140099891 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3021557
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140099891
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140099891
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140099891