It later emerges that the orders given have been wholly automatic due to a launch on warning strategy, [2] the war has taken place as a series of automated electronic responses to an initial accident. X and his fellow shelter inhabitants belatedly learn the criteria that had determined admission to the shelters: civilians were granted only an illusion of protection, while government officials and military personnel were granted significantly more security. Those who were assigned to launch the nuclear missiles, and their support staff, were selected for their ability to behave like machines, [3] yet are counted upon to preserve the human spirit and rebuild the human race. X and his colleagues attempt to carry on human life, but discover that institutions such as marriage and preparations for child-rearing have been hollowed out by conditions and attitudes in the antiseptic underground.

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Uncredited cover for the edition 4. All references to government and politics are purposefully general in order to create a more universal message about the dehumanization of nuclear war. I disagree completely. As one might imagine, Level 7 plunges its occupants into periods of extreme depression. One of the most powerful scenes recounts the discovery of the length of the tape of music.

However, after twelve days the residents discover that the tape repeats itself. Yet another reminder of the repetitive passage of time. One of the more surreal moments happens when the loudspeaker informs the residents that they should consider getting married. Of course, such a marriage will be like none on the surface due to the restricted living arrangements. For Roshwald, the character of x exemplifies the dehumanizing aspects of nuclear war.

He has been trained to follow orders, orders as simple as pressing a button that will result in the annihilation of millions. He, and most others underground, rarely question their role. Over the course of the novel the purpose of the other six levels is described in an educational program by the loudspeaker. Level 6 is for other military personnel. The other five levels are for various important civilians and, the closer one gets to the surface, the less provisions are provided.

The situations often verge on comical. For example, a philosopher characters spouts endless rhetorical about the perfect state of existence underground. Be happy here. I recommend Level 7 for all fans of classic science fiction, especially works on Cold War themes.



Mogal There are no names. Holy cow, what a bummer! It is submitted for the benefit of the West and the East, as well as anybody caught in between. Luckily, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level becomes contaminated with radiation. Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Google. The incredible stupidity of the human race, in pages or less. Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide But then again they have been selected from the masses for such a mission so they must be of an unusual character makeup anyway.

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