Daniel is sixteen now, and he can count up to one hundred. He can go all by himself up and down the two levels of the Silo between his home and his job.
Daniel knows he's not as smart as some people. But his mother told him he was smart enough to help her, so it must be true. He always believes his mother. His mother is a doctor.
He likes going to work and helping his mom. Best of all, Daniel likes it when somebody wins the lottery and a new little baby is born.
One day a little baby is born that looks like Daniel. His mother says the baby might die.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Daniel is a special boy.
He can count to 100. He loves to clean. He's an excellent helper in his mom's office.
And he knows when something's very, very wrong.
With very few words, author Fitzgerald creates a beautifully layered and wonderfully rich main character, putting him in the middle of a dilemma that would torment any of us. What happens when you've been instructed "Do not touch" - but following those instructions could mean catastrophe? Do you do what you're told... or what your heart tells you is right?
"Daniel" is a very quick read, and worth every minute of it. But I'll warn you: don't try reading it without keeping tissues handy!
This is a short story, and man is it well written. When I picked it up, I thought to myself "wow this story is rated really high." After having read it, I can see why. The way that it's written is unique, things happened that I didn't expect, which is good, because predictability sucks, and lastly, when I was done I was left thinking about what I just read. Props to the author for being able to make me feel so emotionally connected to the characters. I'm going to check out her Karma books after this for sure. I will also say this, Daniel's story isn't for wimps, but it's one hell of a story.
Yet again, Patrice has come back with a great and original view of life in a silo. It's something I had thought about before, with finite resources including space, what happen when babies are born with defects. Does their society accept them even thought their contribution to the greater benefit of the silo isn't the same as a 'normal' person.
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