by David Stahler


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Thirteen-year-old Jacob is uncertain of his future in a community that considers blindness a virtue. Everyone has been genetically engineered to be blind.

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ISBN-13: 9780756951245
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 923,299
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Stahler Jr. received his bachelor's degree in English from Middlebury College in 1994 and later earned a graduate degree from the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. His other provocative works for young adults include Doppelganger, Truesight, and The Seer. He teaches in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Truesight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
RosieFantasyWriterToBe More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was amazing. The characters were believeable, and even though I could guess whet would happen, it was still really good. (I can usually guess what happens next, so don't let that dissuade you from reading it!) It makes me wonder if that's really what it's like to be blind. Did the author ask a blind perso what it was like? Anyway, I would recommend this very highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a suspense book that kept me on my has a very intersting story line.I enjoyed it 110% of the time I spent reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was basically very similar to The Giver by Lois Lowery. The whole idea is the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this book is very interestin because it keeps you on the edge of your seet but also keeps you wondering about some of the characters
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings up a lot of questions about being blind and about seeing and individualism. It's got an advetnure-feel, even though it takes place in one city. I think the author thought Jacob's world out well, very interesting. Also, there is a twist ending that leaves you itching to read more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing book because you really find out what its like to be blind, and after reading it gives you the feeling of what it would be like to see for the first time! The book shows that the only way to get away from judgement of others is through blindness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truesight was a very good book as far as curiousity and intrest goes. I couldn't put it down! Though I think it lacks some detail and is a little fast paced, it certainly kept my undivided attention! The ending keeps you wondering and thinking about the book long after you've read it. I would recommed it to people who like science fiction and excitment.
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A colony planet where everyone is blind due to medical procedure, genetic whatever manipulation. The society is cultish. This is about a kid growing up in that community who rather suddenly gains the ability to see. He angsts about this and eventually it gets him into trouble.It's an interesting book and an okay read. It suffers a little for being part of a trilogy.One quibble I had with it is that once genetic modification became really popular and people were making super-awesome, designer kids, the supposedly _first_ group with a 'disability' who wanted to make kids that way were a blind couple? I just don't see that happening. I think the Deaf would be the first ones to take that route. They have a shared language which defines much more of a culture and community.The largest problem though is that somewhere around the middle, and definitely toward the end, I saw blindness and seeing as a big old metaphor. This kid can now see, so he starts to 'see' the corruption and lies and the not-so-pretty aspects of his community. Which you can take as a larger view that he becomes a teenager on his way to being an adult. And I just wonder, did he really need to be able to literally see to realize all these things?So the book and the idea started out cool, but then, to me, got undermined by the end of the book.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read "The Giver", by Lois Lowry, a much better book. Truesight has a very similar plot, but not as well executed. The author creates a society where blindness is thought to create a deeper spiritual life, and sight creates a shallow person. When a boy regrows his sight at 13, he sees the hypocrisy of his world and how it goes against what his community teaches. A few interesting themes appear: If you can't see the corruption around you, is it really happening? and is your society truly simple if you have to heavily depend on technology to keep you safe? I also find it interesting that this community was founded by people who have never seen, rather than people who have chosen to give up sight.
hpluver07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It something that i have never seen written before, It was interesting to see how the story developed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few books I don't like, and I am sad to say this is one of them. It was creepy and depressing. I read it for Battle of the Books and was completely disapointed. Thumbs Down.