Are YOU Awake?
“To call this a dystopian novel is accurate but insufficient.
It is dystopian … think Fahrenheit 451 … but seasoned with Piers the Plowman allegory and a pinch of Karl Marx. In this place of gene-manipulated placidity, we discover an angel of death worthy of Josef Mengele and watch the rebirth of a ‘worker’ trained and manipulated to have no feelings. The characters are intriguing and the story moves along through many twists and turns.” -Author John Rogers
Set in the harsh backdrop of a dystopian future, an unlikely friendship flowers among the weeds of oppression.
Ten Thousand Lines takes place during a time when human beings are sharply divided by class and discontentment brews under the placid surface of the city called Superbia. When a Hive 14 Worker snaps out of his drug-induced haze, the brew becomes a boil and a series of events sets into motion a witch hunt, a forbidden romance, and a revolution.
But the Hive 14 Worker doesn’t care about politics and social justice. He only wants to sit quietly and watch the dusty sunset.
“Easily my favorite book that I’ve read in awhile.” -Amazon Review
“As I read Ten Thousand Lines, I was repeatedly reminded of This Perfect Day by Ira Levin, another of my favorite books, and a similar dystopian theme. In both books, the stable, drugged society is threatened when one of the workers misses his dose and becomes fully aware.” -Author Karl Jorgenson
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Read about the inspiration for Ten Thousand Lines on The Bitter Blog.
“Ten Thousand Lines is written with a beautiful and intense style, shifting between first and third person for specific characters; and just like the lines of the book’s title, the characters and their unique point of views cross and come together around the mid-point of this fascinating story. This is not just another dystopian novel; this is the real deal. Plus, if you live in suburbia or have a repetitive, mind numbing job of any sort, then you’ll identify with Ten Thousand Lines.” -Amazon Review
Kate Bitters is a Minneapolis-based author and freelance writer. She is the author of Elmer Left, Ten Thousand Lines, and He Found Me. One of her proudest/nerdiest moments was when Neil Gaiman read one of her short stories on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater.