Race Against Time Author:Piers Anthony John Smith is just a typical teenager growing up in a typical American town in 1960... Or is he? — He has a dog - that can climb trees and understand very complex commands. — He has parents - who watch him constantly, taking notes when they think he's not looking. — He has a girlfriend - a girl he's never met, whom he has been told he must ... more »marry.
John knows that something is wrong, but until he crosses the boundary fence late one night, he doesn't realize just how much. For wherever, whenever he lives, it is definitely not America, circa 1960!« less
Small villages are created to hold pure white Americans, Chinese, Arabs and Africans on a second world. Are all the purebreds trapped or imprisoned part of a zoo or observation experiment? Read this novel and discover the answer for yourself.
The story is told by young John Smith, a white American boy becoming a man who is living in a small town supposedly located in Nebraska. Several inconsistencies have begun to trouble him. There is the peeling color of the skin of many of the inhabitants of Newton. Why cannot John go beyond certain environmental limits outside of Newton? Who is the young woman to whom he is supposedly to marry and is she real? As he questions his life in Newton he begins to explore to discover the answers for himself. The answers will surprise the reader as well as investigate environmental change and destruction which is interesting from the perspective of the time in which this novel was written - 1973.