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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. T. Anderson Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Series Release Date:
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He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the best of classical educations. Raised by a mysterious group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother–a princess in exile from a faraway land–are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy’s regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians’ fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments–and his own chilling role in them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anderson’s imaginative and highly intelligent exploration of…the ambiguous history of America’s origins will leave readers impatient for the sequel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A historical novel of prodigious scope, power, and insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Anderson carefully distinguishes between historical facts that inspired the novel and his highly imaginative and gothic fiction. This is a novel with many moods, each captivating, if often dark and eerie.”

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  • A 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature
  • Winner of the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marion | 2/16/2014

    " this was written by a visiting professor when my daughter was in grad school "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lee | 2/8/2014

    " An impressive, admirable book, but not enjoyable for me. The language, supposedly historically accurate, drove me nuts, and I can put up with a lot of abstract poetic crap. Or at least I have in the past; it seems my patience is thinning. The heavy frame (four sections with roman numerals, fancy titles, epigraphs) and the different made-up manuscript sources weigh down the story. But I guess that's the point-- style is substance here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annie Brady | 1/29/2014

    " This book is historical fiction. But the only people who love it are fantasy-lovers. I love fantasy and I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawna | 1/27/2014

    " M.T. Anderson tells a compelling story of an boy, raised to be a classical thinker, who also happens to be black in revoltionary America.Freedom is not such an easy word. "

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