Where people are born and when they grow older they don't choose their careers but are given one depending on what the
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society needs. Heard about it from my psychology teacher seems really interesting,I'm pretty sure it's an old book and I thought it was written by George Orwell but I can't find no matches to that description. Thanks in advance!
Ira Levin's This Perfect Day is an old-ish dystopia and also has the computer overlord assigning jobs to people.
I’m also looking for this, or similar. In the story I remember, each year youth have the knowledge they should know, directly downloaded into their brain. Then at a certain age they are tested for their “skill set”. Society then assigns them the job best suited to them and that matches the need sof the society. However the main character is told that he has skill set and is not good for anything. At first he is upset because he believes them, then doesn’t accept it.
In a way it is very much like The Giver. But in this book, he is told he has nothing to give or do for his society. Then he fights back, thinking he has much to give. Lastly it is revealed to him that his refusal to accept that he is worthless is what he needed to do to prove that he belonged with the “programmers” that wrote the knowledge to be downloaded and gain new info.
This Perfect Day, Ira Levin? (couldn't get the author touchstone to work, sorry)
The "programmers" being people who are frustrated and willing to rebel against the society part sounds right, as does the highly computerized setting. The wikipedia article is a good summary to check if it sounds familiar. Very good classic sf dystopia from the 70s.
Sorry Jarandel, just saw yours! Great Minds think alike! Or maybe are programmed alike? :)
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