Borderliners by Peter Hoeg

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Strange things are happening at Biehl's Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform-school rejects, kids at the end of the system's tether. But the school is run by a peculiar set of rules by which every minute is regimented and controlled. The children soon suspect that they are guinea pigs in a bizarre social experiment, and that their only hope of escape is to break through a dangerous threshold of time and space. Peter Høeg's "brilliant" and dystopian Borderliners is a "uniquely philosophical thriller" (Boston Sunday Globe) and a haunting story of childhood travail and hope.


About Peter Hoeg

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Peter Høeg is an internationally renowned Danish author who entered the North American literary scene with Smilla's Sense of Snow. Since its publication, Høeg's new works, such as The Woman and the Ape - have appeared in English translations alongside older works such as Tales of the Night. Once a sailor, and currently an actor and dancer as well as a writer, Høeg lives in Copenhagen.
Published August 6, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 291 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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At 14, after years of unhappily drifting through the institutional system, Peter and several other borderliners are given one last chance when they are transferred to an exclusive private school where, unknown to them, they have been sent in order to be guinea pigs in a secret government experime...

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In Hoeg's previous book, the thriller Smilla's Sense of Snow, the psychological insights and background detail were more gripping than the action scenes. Here, he has largely eschewed action and produ

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Together these damaged children strive to understand the goals of what they intuit as the school's ``grand plan.'' They also have reason to inquire into the nature of time, for the traumas they have experienced have left them unsure of what constitutes reality.

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Like its much-praised predecessor, Smilla's Sense of Snow (EW's 1993 Book of the Year), Danish author Peter Hoeg's Borderliners deals with misfits-characters who cannot find their place within that country's tidy, determinedly progressive society.

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Peter is "an odd, backward pupil" who together with another orphan, Katarina, and August, a child who murdered his parents, sets out to learn why "borderliners" like himself—students who are neither well-adjusted nor altogether retarded—are enrolled here.

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