In the twenty-seventh century, accelerated technology dictates the memories and personalities of people. With most of his own memories deleted, Robin enters The Glasshouse-an experimental polity where he finds himself at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche. Goodreads
Below are a sampling of our comments:
- The idea of memory vs identity – how much of yourself can you trust? That feeling when you realize that you are the backup and the “real” you has died.
- The time measurements were annoying.
- It’s intriguing that a computer virus wipes everyone’s memory out along and people can be rebooted and running multiple backups.
- I read the book twice and really enjoyed it the second time.
- I liked the descriptions of fist-sized feathered dinosaurs and Reeve’s lament over the lack of pockets in women’s clothes.
- The author deals with the morality issues in recycling people, and that it’s very hard for people to actually die (unless they don’t have a backup), so there aren’t huge consequence (like permanent death) for actions.
- The Glasshouse environment brings back mortality. It was interesting when all the gender stereotypes of the 1950s were called out.
- Reeve was a literal tank in a prior iteration and now has to deal with a weak body.
- The 1950s seems like an alien culture, even now.
- Identity theft is considered a worse crime than murder.
- Too much technobabble in the beginning – A Gate, T Gate, etc. But when they went to the polity, it became much more interesting.
- It was surprising how quickly the characters reconciled with the idea of staying in the Glasshouse.
- The end seemed too quick, tidy, and patched on.
Please add any additional thoughts or comments you may have about Glasshouse. We gave this title the codes LIBN, HIT, UTP & FEM with an average rating of 3.75.