- Livro de bolso: 320 páginas
- Editora: Grafton; Edição: New edition (25 de setembro de 1986)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0586066314
- ISBN-13: 978-0586066317
- Dimensões da embalagem: 17,3 x 10,7 x 2,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 181 g
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Worth a read? Probably. I'd love to see it as a movie or even a TV series if well-executed. (Hello HBO?)
The concept is certainly interesting. Due to supposed overpopulation, the `government' puts into suspended hibernation (or `stones' as in called in the story (haha what a great 70's term man) everyone and unstones them one day out of the week. So only one-seventh of the population is active on any given day. This leads to seven different societies, each with it's own fads and fashions. Our protagonist becomes a `daybreaker' that is, he lives every day of the week. This leads him to the necessity of leading seven different lives. Why does he do so, well, this is kind of the point of the story, and is it's weakest aspect. Farmer has a great concept here, but your imagination of what this type of world is like, if you're a science fiction reader, will be more interesting than the story-line itself. This basically means that reading this book, let alone the series is unnecessary. This is no knock on Farmer, who is a great and interesting writer. However, if you loved the Riverworld series and just have to read more by Farmer, I guess this is the place. But consider only the first Dayworld novel; even a Farmer fan is going to find the other books in the series hard to digest.
Specifically, one of the topics of this novel is suspended animation, which is described from a different angle than the usual one for which this technology is assumed to be used in the future: to deal with overpopulation. Since there are too many people in the world, it is decided to let them live only one day a week, reducing to one-seventh the number of active individuals on the planet. This crazy idea is the basis of the story of Jeff Caird, a “daybreaker”, i.e. a person who, instead of living one day per week, lives them all, by taking seven different identities. And here immediately a second brilliant element comes up: Caird changes his name, life, but also personality every day. Each of its seven versions is a distinct character, which is also obvious to the reader, and it’s even hard to him to “connect” with his other versions.
As if that was not enough to have a main character who lives on the brink of madness because of the presence of seven personalities in his head, Caird (and the others) is a rebel of the Dayworld system and he ends up rebelling against those who want to overthrow the system, too. And for this reason he risks to be killed, revealing that neither side is really “good”.
The structure of the book, in which the many facets of the protagonist are shown to you one after another, is a perfect mechanism, which still manages to engage the reader, despite the constant changes in point of view.
In addition, although more than thirty years have passed after the original publication of this novel, it holds well the passage of time. Anachronisms are not excessive and sometimes could also be seen as a natural regression.
There are amazing and exciting action scenes, totally unpredictable developments including the ending, which it is impossible to predict.
Overall it’s a really good book, the first in a trilogy that promises to be very enjoyable.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return