Favorite Parts of the Book:
One thing I really liked about the book was how the author went about telling the story. Each chapter focused on a major character telling his/her life in Urbmon 116. It could have been a short story on its own, while maintaining the book’s continuity by the interweaving of characters throughout the chapters. Silverberg took care in developing each of his characters, creating an instant connection with all of them, including the hippie like musician Dillon Chrimes (who plays instruments I have never heard of).
The concept of the book was phenomenal! That’s what drew me to the book in the first place. I wanted to know how a bizzillion people could live in one building, with each floor named after a present day city, where everything down to bodily waste is recycled, and sleeping with every and anyone is not only okay, but encouraged! Man’s sole purpose in this book to have plenty of babies, by any means necessary. Yeah, I really wanted to know how this works! (and if you want to know too, you’ll have to read it! )
One of my favorite characters was Michael Statler, the computer engineer who dreams of going outside. In the book he called himself a “throwback”, which refers to humans that live like I do, free to live wherever I want rather than confined to a building. So naturally I was able to relate to him the most. Through his thoughts of swimming in the sea, frolicking in the sand, and having the sun tan his skin made me want to leave the confines of my two story Urbmon and take a vacay! I’m not going to give away what happens to him in this chapter, but I will tell you that you do root for him the whole way and the ending was very surprising.
Speaking of surprise endings, my second favorite character, Siegmund Kluver, whose story doesn’t come into play until the last chapter. Throughout the book, Siegmund is seen as the Urbmon’s golden child. He’s young and his climb to the top of the career ladder (and the top of the building!) to be an Administrator was an ambitious one, and he is admired by all. Throughout the whole book he is seen as the perfect Urbmon dweller, however when you finally get to his story, you see it’s quite the opposite. Instead of a confident young man, you find a very insecure one, which was a nice, little surprise. After all, perfect characters can be a little boring! He finds that what he dream at the top wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be and he has a pretty hard time dealing with it.
This is an awesome read and I highly recommend it!
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