House of Stairs
Why this book?
When they take off his blindfold, Peter is on the landing of a stairway. The stairway goes to another landing with more stairways coming off it, and on and on into infinity. What is this place? And what, God help him, is its purpose? When I first read the great William Sleator’s intense study of group dynamics under stress in a sinister, constructed world, it changed my brain and made me look at the world we live in differently for the rest of my life. The secret behind the place invites disturbing questions: how do we rely on other people and what do they want from us? How can our behavior be manipulated and controlled by forces we can’t see or know?