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Way of a Rebel   By: (1923-1996)

Way of a Rebel by Walter M. Miller

Way of a Rebel by Walter M. Miller is a captivating and thought-provoking book that delves deep into the complexities of individualism, rebellion, and the struggle for personal freedom in a society driven by conformity. Set in a dystopian future, the novel follows the life of Nedelec, a young man who rebels against the authoritative regime known as the State.

Miller's writing style is both engaging and descriptive, effortlessly painting vivid pictures of the bleak and oppressive world in which the story is set. The vivid descriptions not only bring the dystopian landscape to life, but also serve as a metaphorical representation of the human spirit being choked by conformity.

Nedelec, the protagonist, is a complex and well-developed character. His inner conflict and unwavering determination to break free from the shackles of the State make him a relatable and inspiring figure. As the story unfolds, Nedelec's rebellion against the State becomes a powerful symbol of individualism and the yearning for personal freedom.

One of the strengths of Way of a Rebel lies in its exploration of the moral dilemmas faced by the characters. Miller expertly navigates the gray areas of rebellion, highlighting the ethical considerations and consequences that accompany acts of defiance. This adds depth and complexity to the narrative, making the reader question their own beliefs and values.

Additionally, the book touches upon important themes such as the power of knowledge and the danger of a society rooted in blind obedience. The author offers profound insights into the nature of oppression, exposing the manipulative tactics employed by the State to maintain control. These themes resonate with readers, encouraging them to reflect on the state of their own societies and the role of individualism within them.

While the pacing of the story can be slow at times, the reward lies in the intricate world-building and the philosophical musings that accompany it. Miller's ability to interweave political commentary with deeply introspective moments creates a narrative that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally gripping.

Overall, Way of a Rebel is a remarkable and poignant novel that challenges societal norms and celebrates the indomitable spirit of the human soul. It is a thought-provoking exploration of individualism, rebellion, and the pursuit of personal freedom. Readers who enjoy dystopian literature that offers more than just surface-level action will find this book to be a truly rewarding read.

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Way of a Rebel

By Walter Miller, Jr.

Illustrated by Rudolph Palais

[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from If Worlds of Science Fiction April 1954. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: No one knows the heart of a rebel until his own search for the reason of right or wrong is made. Lieutenant Laskell found the answer to his own personal rebellion deep beneath a turbulent Atlantic, and somehow, when the time came, his decision wasn't too difficult.... ]

Lieutenant Laskell surfaced his one man submarine fifty miles off the Florida coast where he had been patrolling in search of enemy subs. Darkness had fallen. He tuned his short wave set to the Miami station just in time to hear the eight o'clock news. The grim announcement that he had expected was quick to come:

"In accordance with the provisions of the Twenty Sixth Amendment, Congress today approved the Manlin Bill, declaring a state of total emergency for the nation. President Williston signed it immediately and tendered his resignation to the Congress and the people. The executive, legislative, and judiciary are now in the hands of the Department of Defense. Secretary Garson has issued two decrees, one reminding all citizens that they are no longer free to shirk their duties to the nation, the other calling upon the leaders of the Eurasian Soviet to cease air attacks on the American continent or suffer the consequences... Continue reading book >>

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