House of Stairs Author:William Sleator Survival... at what cost? — Peter. Lola. Blossom. Abigail. Oliver. Five sixteen-year-old orphans living in state institutions. — And then they were brought one by one, blindfolded, to the place which was not a hospital and not a prison and not like anything they had ever seen. — No walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but an all-white maze of inter... more »locking staircases -- and the food machine with the flashing lights.
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