Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Reviewsday Tuesday: Speed of Dark

Today is "Reviewsday Tuesday" !

I decided to talk about a book very different from what I am kinda sorta used to reading.
I found this book by chance, and loved every page of it !
May I introduce you to "Speed of Dark", written by Elizabeth Moon and published in 2002;

Set in the near future, the story is told from the point of view of Lou, an autistic man who works as a bioinformatics specialist. (Well... Being French and having read this book in English, let me tell you that I'm not really sure what his job really was.)
Now, here is the thing, scientists have found a cure to autism ! Sounds great, right ? However, Lou and the other autistic people working at the firm are being pressured by their boss to take the treatment, or else they might lose their job. But do they really need the treatment ? Lou doesn't think so.
Here is the whole story of this book. From the point of view of the most adorable man on Earth (what?) you discover the life of an autistic person, the incredible way he sees things, his moving understanding of relationships between people.
You are going to laugh, cry and mostly think. Do you think Lou should take the treatment ? Would you take it if you were him ? Your answers to these questions might be slightly different after you've read this amazing book.
This story was inspired by Elizabeth Moon's autistic son, Michael.

Laura Xx

1 comment :

  1. This book looks so interesting! I've worked with children who have autism and I'm definitely going to read it and likely pass it on to their mothers! Thanks so much for sharing!