Jacob lives hundreds of years in the future in utopian community called Harmony. Everyone who lives in Harmony is blind. Jacob has grown up all his life among other blind people, absorbed in the philosophy’s of this sightless society. For example, Stahler, tells about Jacob’s idea of sight:
“All Jacob knew of the world of sight were the lessons he had learned from his parents and teachers - and from the leaders of Harmony, a council composed of representatives from the Foundation. He knew that sight was deception, a distraction from the inner world that formed the center of one‘s being. He understood that vision offered little more that the temptation of appearances or, worse, images of suffering and horror, things that human beings should never have to see.”
Jacob is happy with being blind because he does not miss what he has never experienced. But then in a freak occurrence he starts to gain sight, to be able to see.
“Truesight” is about Jacob’s feelings as he starts to see. Jacob enjoys seeing, but he has been taught that seeing is selfish and wrong. It is only by gaining the power of sight, however, that Jacob notices the corruption and deceit in his supposedly perfect community.
“Truesight” revolves around the theme of what happens when we close our eyes to what is around us. Stahler has created a book that has both a deep message and a marvelous setting. This imaginative book will make a great read for anyone who enjoys a meaningful book.
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