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Men in the Walls

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Men in the Walls by William Tenn is a captivating science fiction novel that explores the concept of conformity and societal pressures. The story follows a young man named Eric who lives in a future society where everyone is expected to blend in and follow the rules. However, Eric begins to question this way of life when he discovers a group of rebels living within the walls of his apartment building.

Tenn does a fantastic job of creating a sense of unease and tension as Eric navigates the complex world around him. The characters are well-developed and the world-building is both intriguing and thought-provoking.

One of the standout features of the book is the way Tenn tackles themes of individuality, rebellion, and the dangers of conformity. The story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of losing one's sense of self in order to fit in with society.

Overall, Men in the Walls is a thought-provoking and engaging read that will appeal to fans of science fiction and dystopian literature. Tenn's writing is sharp and insightful, and the story will leave readers thinking long after they finish the final page.

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There are giant, technologically superior aliens who have conquered Earth. People live like vermin in holes in the insulation material of the walls of the homes the monsters have built, sneaking out to steal food and other items from the aliens. A complex social and religious order has evolved, with women preserving knowledge and working as healers, while men serve as warriors and thieves. For the aliens, men and women are just a nuisance, neither civilized nor intelligent, and are generally regarded as vermin to be exterminated. This story begins "Mankind consisted of 128 people. The sheer population pressure of so vast a horde had long ago filled over a dozen burrows." - Summary by the author and phil chenevert


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