Gifted housebreaker, Michael O'Connor, awakens inside an ultramodern criminal justice system where prison walls are replaced by surveillance equipment and a host of actors hired to determine if he is worthy of freedom. While he was sleeping, the Supreme Court declared long term incarceration to be cruel and unusual punishment and ordered two million felons released. The result was utter chaos and the backlash from law-abiding citizens and police departments reshaped the United States. Felons now enter reeducation programs where they live freely among the population.
At least that's what they think. In reality they are enslaved to an army of counselors and a black box that teaches them everything they failed to learn from kindergarten through adulthood. Michael believes he's being tested by the black box, but what he slowly begins to realize is that everything he does is evaluated to determine whether he lives or dies.
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The Narration completely kills this great book
Yes, CJ West has published sone other worthy books , and I'd be willing to hear Lee Strayer as a narrator, but quite honestly, he really seemed to have no grasp stall on the tone of the character of the book , the main character just came off like a complete helpless moron the entire time
It was a good and worthy book .
Yes, the book is worth reading .
- Mark L. Blei