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In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent ... and one of an ever-growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts -- victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society ... and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her "gift" -- a world marked for destruction in a devastating conspiracy of freedom ... and revenge.

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    Sci-fi exploration of human nature

    I can't review this book without drawing comparisons to the big famous Objectivist novel, Atlas Shrugged. The main characters either begin the story already firmly rooted in their convictions, or gradually adopt them over the course of the book without ever looking back, and they declare their beliefs to the world in monologue. Which is perfectly fine in a book where the main job was to introduce a philosophy. Beggars In Spain, on the other hand, examines it. Our main viewpoint characters are actually shown struggling with their values, re-examining and changing them, engaging in debate and giving serious thought to the points presented by their opponents. The main character, Leisha Camden, spends long stretches of the book doubting the validity of Yagaiism (the book's in-universe analogue to Objectivism) precisely because the rest of the world seems to have rejected it.

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