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Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.

She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association B

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  • Devil on My Back
  • Monica Hughes
  • 24 September 2017
  • 9780416520101

10 thoughts on “Devil on My Back

  1. says:

    Read this as a kid. I think it was my first bit of post-apocalyptic sci-fi. I'd been looking for it for years on Google, but kept misremembering the title. I was starting to think I'd hallucinated the whole thing.

    Anyway, it was a great book for young adult fiction. It got me to think about a lot of issues I'd later see as an adult. The main premise of the book, which I appreciated years later is that of a Pluto Republic where your test scores determine your lot in life. Until reading the book, I would have thought that was a perfectly great way to organize society. I think I may even have suggested something similar to adults whenever I saw how ridiculous governments were acting.

    I never knew it was just the first book in a series, I'll have to track the others and see if it's too juvenile or if I can still get into it. I find that well-written YA fiction can appeal to adults just as well as kids.

  2. says:

    This was an unexpected find for me. I was in highschool, and wandering the library shelves for something to read. One of my habits at the library is to wander around and see what I can find. I have found plenty of good reads this way, and this book was no exception.

    I've always liked sci-fi, so reading the inside of the book jacket intrigued me. I checked it out, and i was glad to. This was a idea that is unique today, even more so back then because computers weren't as much a part of life back then, so the idea is neat. Personally, I can only imagine how it would feel having something equivalent to a hard-drive plugged into my neck, although today, I'm sure the size of these plugs would probably be no more than flash drives (if that!)

    It's nice to see that this utopia really is just a dystopia, because I was wondering how I could be happy like this. Likewise, the main character of this book seems happy at first, and is blissfully naive, but he notices little things that are wrong with this society. His adventures and what he learns along the way are realistic, and even a decade later, I remember this book fondly.

  3. says:

    It's weird to think this is the first dystopian story I probably ever read and that was nearly 2 decades ago now! The story was so powerful that I kept remembering it many years later and wondering what the book was and whether I'd dreamt it. I finally found the book again in storage at my parent's house. It's wonderful to think that good dystopian/sci fi novels can introduce new concepts to kids and challenge their views of world and be something that stays with them for many years to come. :-)

  4. says:

    In the far future, after the earth's petroleum ran out and the environment was toxic, humanity retreated into cities enclosed in plastic domes. Generations later, young Tomi is nervous. He's about to get another information pack slotted into the plug in his spine. If his body can handle it, he's progressed another level up the ladder in his society. But if his nervous system can't handle it, he'll become a menial laborer at best--at worst, death or brain damage awaits him. But to Tomi's joy, he takes in another pack worth of pre-programmed knowledge without a hitch. But this idyll can't last forever--the inequalities within the highly regimented, computerized and "fair" society are about to blow apart every thing he ever knew.

    Told in a no-frills, no-nonsense style, this is a gripping adventure of the uncomfortable necessity of examining--and if possible, abolishing--one's privilege.

  5. says:

    I think I've read this book twenty times. In the future, civilization is almost entirely confined to huge domes to ride out a new Dark Age. In Arc One, they live in a very stratified society of slaves, workers, and citizens. Slaves are those incompatible with the Powerpaks that plug directly into the brains of the workers and citizens, giving them information at the blink of an eye. Tomi Bentt has just achieved full citizen status and hopes to one day be as hunched with knowledge (the Paks sit on your shoulders, forcing you to stoop constantly) as his father. Then a slave rebellion alters everything. . .

    Exciting, chilling, and even romantic, this was one of my favorite books as a kid!

  6. says:

    The age of oil ended in 2005 when the oil ran out, leading to general anarchy, and some scientists deciding that they need to create an Arc to preserve human knowledge and build on it.

    This is Monica Hughes, who rarely found a tech scenario that wasn't a hidden dystopia that her teenage protagonists could deal with by connecting with friends and perhaps discovering an important ecological message.

    In other words, a huge influence on a young me. Very unfortunate cover. A very large amount of story covered with very few pages. There is a sequel.

  7. says:

    I was maybe 11 when I read it but it was a good one since as I saw it later on second hand bookstore I had to get it. Im deginetely planning to reread it and offer better review. From what I can tell Finnish localisation in character names that was kind of a trend back in 80's through 90's books.

    What I remember was collision of two different worlds and quite horrible dystopia on Arc One's side.

  8. says:

    Tomi is a young clueless lord living in a sheltered community of Arc One - he's distinguished from the common rabble by his ability to receive information packets from the computer that controls the Arc. On the day when he was supposed to become a full-fledged lord, a slave riot breaks out. In the confusion of escape, he suddenly finds himself outside of the Arc and has to figure out how to survive - and how and why to return...

    Well this was intriguing. I think I read this book ages ago when I was a kid, because my mother had run across some computer-related books in the library. Yep, this is "computer-related". I completely forgot what this book was called, and I think I remembered it foundly a while ago but couldn't quite find the title. Then I randomly ran into it in a thrift store, the title sounded vaguely familiar and recognised the cover immediately. Woo!

    I think this is a really great example of young-adult SF. Evil computers, nasty dystopic societies, folks facing the fact that they may not know everything to survive - or face the fact that they don't really think things through or *really* know what's going on or, for that matter, really know themselves either. This was written in 1980s so it might feel be a bit aged at this point, but I didn't think it was significantly less intriguing as a result.

  9. says:

    In the distant future, Tomi is one of the elite: he has access to unlimited knowledge (through "paks" that can be attached like software to implanted hardware humans in this society are installed with), and his future is bright. He pities the slaves--people on whom the installation did not work, making them unfit for anything but labor, unfit for education--but treasures his good fortune to be born the way he was. And though his generation is taught that the only real civilization is inside the domes where they live a dignified life, he soon finds out how fragile his existence is, how ill-prepared for life he is, and what freedom is all about.

    It's interesting what extent the author went to to dehumanize her privileged citizens--giving them alien-like characteristics and joining them physically with technology to the point that if you're lucky, you'll get so much software piled on you that you'll be warped physically by having to carry it. And when Tomi gets accidentally ejected from the home he's known all his life, he truly thinks living outside the dome is impossible or that everyone he meets is going to be savages. Instead, he realizes the importance of freedom and how shackled by expectations and programming he really was, and how much he was lied to by his own society. The idea is not at all new, but the execution was pretty unusual.

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed re-reading this book since I just picked up the sequel at the library.

    150 years after the Age of Confusion following the End of Oil (which the author predicted would happen in 2005 - she could not anticipate frakking) there exists ArcOne which was built to protect the knowledge of human beings, the way monasteries did during the Dark Ages. Unfortunately, the knowledge is now being controlled in specific classes by the Lords, and only the slave class is free of a connection from the computer that regulates life under the dome.

    Following a revolt of the slaves, the son of the Overlord accidentally falls down the garbage chute and is taken far down river. He must survive Outside, and his journey brings home the realization that although his life was comfortable, he was just as much a prisoner as the slaves.

    A lovely tale of growing up and finding freedom in the wilderness, and one of sacrifice and courage too. Compared to other similar stories (Across the Universe) the characters are so much more balanced, and the YA frustration of not having adults to help make decisions is not present in this book, which makes it a lot better.

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