Dayworld Breakup

Dayworld Breakup

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In the year 3000 a remedy has been found for the world's overpopulation. For six days out of seven, everyone is kept in hibernation; on the 7th day they emerge - to live for a day. In this way the world can support a population whose one-day-a-week lives span hundreds of more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 146 x 230 x 38mm | 662.24g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Library edition
  • 0246137398
  • 9780246137395

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Concluding the trilogy begun with the excellent Dayworld (1984) and feebly continued with Dayworld Rebel (1987), here's an enterprise ludicrously overexpanded from a fine short story, "The Sliced-Crosswise. Only-On-Tuesday World." In the fourth millennium, people live only one day a week, spending the other six "stoned," in stasis capsules. But "Daybreaker" criminal William Duncan (he lived every day, using a different personality to suit) has discovered that the Earth is no longer overpopulated - which also means that there's no longer any justification for the Dayworld system's existence: it's merely a method of ensuring power and immortality for the ruling elite. So Duncan and his renegade-cop girlfriend, Panthea Snick, determine to destroy the entire Dayworld system. The pair enjoy a measure of success, and uncover some powerful allies - but the composite William Duncan persona is still unstable, so he surrenders in order to undergo prolonged therapy and stir up popular support for the revolution. Jolting, churning, pointless action-adventure shading off into soporific, numbing psychoanalysis, devoid of vitality and bereft of new ideas: altogether, a wretched wrap-up. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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