This book club meets on the third Wednesday evening of the month for informal discussions on a wide range of science fiction titles voted on by participants.

This is a volunteer-led book club. Until further notice, this book club will meet virtually on Zoom.

This month's selection is "The Ferryman" by Justin Cronin.

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New members are always welcome. You don't have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged.A limited number of print copies of the selected book will be available at Central Library 2nd Floor Info Desk approximately one month before the book club meeting. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Patrons are also encouraged to place holds on available print or digital copies.

Register below or on Meetup: to receive an event reminder and to get the Zoom link to join.  A Zoom account is not required to join.

For more information: Contact LIB-CentralOperations@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-6319

Date:
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 Show more dates
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Audience:
Events for Adults Good for Adults Age 55+
Categories:
Book Club
Calendar:
Arlington Public Library

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About the Book:

Founded by the mysterious genius known as the Designer, the archipelago of Prospera lies hidden from the horrors of a deteriorating outside world. In this island paradise, Prospera's lucky citizens enjoy long, fulfilling lives until the monitors embedded in their forearms, meant to measure their physical health and psychological well-being, fall below 10 percent. Then they retire themselves, embarking on a ferry ride to the island known as the Nursery, where their failing bodies are renewed, their memories are wiped clean, and they are readied to restart life afresh. Proctor Bennett, of the Department of Social Contracts, has a satisfying career as a ferryman, gently shepherding people through the retirement process-and, when necessary, enforcing it. But all is not well with Proctor. For one thing, he's been dreaming-which is supposed to be impossible in Prospera. For another, his monitor percentage has begun to drop alarmingly fast. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own father, who gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry. Meanwhile, something is stirring. The Support Staff, ordinary men and women who provide the labor to keep Prospera running, have begun to question their place in the social order. Unrest is building, and there are rumors spreading of a resistance group-known as "Arrivalists"-who may be fomenting revolution. Soon Proctor finds himself questioning everything he once believed, entangled with a much bigger cause than realized-and on a desperate mission to uncover the truth.

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