The Glass Box

J. Michael Straczynski

Stacy Gonzalez (Narrator)

01-09-24

9hrs 7min

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01-09-24

9hrs 7min

Abridgement

Unabridged

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Fiction

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“J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.” Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of World War Z

A USA Today bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book of the Month
A Locus Magazine Pick of the Month's New Books
A BookRiot Pick of New Releases
A Gizmodo Pick of Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror to Start the New Year
A Library Journal Pick of Upcoming SFF Titles
See All +

A USA Today bestseller

“Echoes of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest reverberate through this cinematic tale…readers looking for an adrenaline-inducing resistance plot will find this worth their time.” —Publishers Weekly

From award-winning author J. Michael Straczynski, The Glass Box is a hard-hitting, fast-paced sci-fi novel about the choices we make and the ramifications we face.

Riley Diaz was born to fight back.

When she’s incarcerated under the authority of a shadowy new defense act, Riley is sent to one of a growing number of American Renewal Centers (ARCs)—institutions modeled after psychiatric facilities—for mandatory reeducation.

Forced therapy, involuntary medication, solitary confinement, restricted rations, and more are all in the ARC program’s bag of dirty tricks designed to break down dissidents. Give in, and you go free. Resist, and …

Riley declares a one-woman war against the gaslighting and manipulation in a struggle to take down the ARC program and its white-coated collaborators. Despite being isolated and resented by her fellow inmates, Riley eventually wins their trust, and forms a heartfelt, life-and-death bond with a mysterious patient known only as Frankenstein, who is as enigmatic as his namesake.

Sometimes breaking an unjust system starts with one person willing to stand up—when standing is the hardest thing in the world—and saying no. Riley Diaz is willing to stand behind that word, regardless of the cost, in order to put her fist through the Glass Box once and for all.

Acclaimed creator J. Michael Straczynski takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey inspired by pressing contemporary issues, including our right to protest and the threats designed to undermine that right. Told with drama and heart, The Glass Box is a moving story that features a colorful and often eccentric cast of characters readers will fall in love with.

Praise

“J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.” Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of World War Z

“Echoes of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest reverberate through this cinematic tale…Readers looking for an adrenaline-inducing resistance plot will find this worth their time.” Publishers Weekly

“A terrifically incisive tale…Readers…should seek out this outstanding novel.” Booklist

“[A] book that in its way seems inspired by the forthright, engagé, propulsive, take-no-prisoners writings of Ellison himself—and with a nod in the direction of such old-school firebrands as Norman and new-school turks like Cory Doctorow.” Locus

“Riley’s time in the renewal center is intriguing, especially when she befriends a silent but violent inmate known as Frankenstein. The narration and the endearing cast of characters are woven into an emotionally resonant journey.” AudioFile

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Language English
Release Day Jan 8, 2024
Release Date January 9, 2024
Release Date Machine 1704758400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Technothrillers, Spies & Politics, Dystopian, New Releases
Author Bio
J. Michael  Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author who has written hundreds of hours of television, major motion pictures, and graphic novels. He is the widely acclaimed creator of Babylon 5, cocreator of Netflix’s Sense8, and writer for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Screenplay. His other awards include two Hugo Awards, the SFWA Ray Bradbury Award, the Eisner Award, the American Cinema Foundation E Pluribus Unum Award, the Indie Book Award, the GLAAD Media Award, the Eagle Award, two Emmy Awards, and the SDCC Icon Award. The author of Together We Will Go, Becoming Superman, and Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer, Straczynski lives in California.

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Overview

A USA Today bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book of the Month
A Locus Magazine Pick of the Month's New Books
A BookRiot Pick of New Releases
A Gizmodo Pick of Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror to Start the New Year
A Library Journal Pick of Upcoming SFF Titles
See All +

A USA Today bestseller

“Echoes of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest reverberate through this cinematic tale…readers looking for an adrenaline-inducing resistance plot will find this worth their time.” —Publishers Weekly

From award-winning author J. Michael Straczynski, The Glass Box is a hard-hitting, fast-paced sci-fi novel about the choices we make and the ramifications we face.

Riley Diaz was born to fight back.

When she’s incarcerated under the authority of a shadowy new defense act, Riley is sent to one of a growing number of American Renewal Centers (ARCs)—institutions modeled after psychiatric facilities—for mandatory reeducation.

Forced therapy, involuntary medication, solitary confinement, restricted rations, and more are all in the ARC program’s bag of dirty tricks designed to break down dissidents. Give in, and you go free. Resist, and …

Riley declares a one-woman war against the gaslighting and manipulation in a struggle to take down the ARC program and its white-coated collaborators. Despite being isolated and resented by her fellow inmates, Riley eventually wins their trust, and forms a heartfelt, life-and-death bond with a mysterious patient known only as Frankenstein, who is as enigmatic as his namesake.

Sometimes breaking an unjust system starts with one person willing to stand up—when standing is the hardest thing in the world—and saying no. Riley Diaz is willing to stand behind that word, regardless of the cost, in order to put her fist through the Glass Box once and for all.

Acclaimed creator J. Michael Straczynski takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey inspired by pressing contemporary issues, including our right to protest and the threats designed to undermine that right. Told with drama and heart, The Glass Box is a moving story that features a colorful and often eccentric cast of characters readers will fall in love with.