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The Status Civilization

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The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley is a captivating science fiction novel that follows the journey of Will Barrent as he navigates a bizarre and oppressive society on an alien planet. Sheckley masterfully constructs a world where obedience and conformity are prized above all else, showcasing the consequences of living in a rigidly controlled environment.

The pacing of the novel is fast-paced, keeping the reader engaged as Barrent uncovers the dark secrets of the society he finds himself in. The characterization is well-developed, particularly with Barrent, who undergoes a significant transformation throughout the story. The themes of identity, freedom, and societal control are thoughtfully explored, making the reader question their own beliefs and values.

Overall, The Status Civilization is a thought-provoking and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of dystopian fiction. Sheckley's writing is sharp and engaging, drawing the reader into a world that is both unique and unsettling. This novel is a must-read for anyone looking for a story that challenges the status quo and explores the complexities of human nature.

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Will Barrent awakes without memories just before being deposited on Omega, a planet for criminals where the average life expectancy is 3 years. He’s listed as a murderer and released into the illicit society as a “peon” the lowest class imaginable. A mysterious girl gives him a weapon that starts him on his path to status, a path that requires constant brutality. But it must be borne if our hero is to discover the reason for his imprisonment; A reason that pits him against himself, and involves the sardonically similar but devoutly different creeds of Omega and Earth. - The Status Civilization was first published as “Omega!” in the August and September 1960 issues of Amazing Science Fiction Stories Magazine.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 8, 2014
Subject: Status-Civilization
Great book and well read, worthy of an adaptation to a movie.

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