The Divers' Game

A Novel
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Author(s): Jesse Ball
Original Publish Date: Sep 10, 2019
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Product Number: Z100148189
Released: Sep 10, 2019
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ISBN: #9780062958099
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Description

From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equalityA??and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power. The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavor. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives. The DiversA?? Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth: we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? The DiversA?? Game explores the consequences of violence through two festivals, and through the dramatic and excruciating examination of a womanA??s final moments. Brilliantly constructed and achingly tender, The DiversA?? Game shatters the notion of common decency as the binding agent between individuals, forcing us to consider whether compassion is intrinsic to the human experience. With his signature empathy and ingenuity, Jesse BallA??s latest work solidifies his reputation as one of contemporary fictionA??s most mesmerizing talents.

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Author(s): Jesse Ball
Product Number DD45373
Released: Sep 10, 2019
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ISBN: #9781982687861
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Author(s): Jesse Ball
Product Number EB00745882
Released: Sep 10, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
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ISBN: #9780062676115

Professional reviews

"Jesse Ball's chilling dystopian tale is set in a bleak future in which citizens are "pats" who live in fear of the branded "quads," migrants, prisoners, and parolees who are separated from society and seen as something less than human. The story is told in three distinct sections. Sophie Amoss narrates "Ogias' Day" with a mix of curiosity and fear as two students become separated from their professor when they go on a trip to observe quads. In the "Row House" section, Devon Hales projects a boy's growing fear as she voices his replies to interrogation about a playmate's disappearance. Most chilling and effective is Cassandra Campbell, in "Letter," as she becomes the voice of Margaret as she faces the consequences of actions taken in a society built on fear, division, and inhumanity. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"