Thursday, July 07, 2005

This Side of Paradise by Steven L. Layne

When Jack Barret's father starts working for the Eden Corporation, he forces his family to move to the village of Paradise. In this town, Jack uncovers a plan that could destroy his family, and he discovers that some people will go to any length to achieve perfection.

The theme of this story is that there's a bad side to perfection. Although perfection would eliminate poverty, crime, death, and illness, there wouldn't be any fun and no one would be truly happy. One person or group would rule everything, and no one else would have a say in the matter. This story makes you realize that there's a price for perfection, and it's not all that it seems. -Natalie M.

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