Can the second dimension be as fascinating as the third dimension? This novella (150 pages) seeks to answer that question. Our narrator—A. Square—guides us into his world. In the first twelve chapters he provides excellent answers to the many questions you will have about Flatland. He explains the social structure, where circles are at the top and triangles are at the bottom. He also explains the structure of their houses and how they identify other shapes. The novel also contains various diagrams to help clarify. As the story continues, A. Square learns about the first, third, and even fourth dimensions.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
The book may be short, but each page carries the depth and color needed to "get into" Flatland. The writing style provides the opportunity to immerse you in Flatland, but there are outdated themes. For example the concepts about women may be bothersome, but they do reflect the time period of the writer's life. A. Square’s constant engagement with the reader also makes it an interesting read for anyone who has ever thought about the universe and asked: what else? As you read, you feel the childish enjoyment of seeing another world for the first time, and you cannot help wondering if you will meet A. Square in real life.
Math, physics, and science fiction lovers will be over the moon for this book.
It can be a bit tedious at times, and the satire may be a bit too "dated" for some.
This is a reprint of a science fiction novel written in 1884 and still highly popular today.
That a book printed in 1884 is still in wide circulation begs the question: what is it about this book that readers today like? Start the conversation there and see where it takes you.
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Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16