Farseed by Pamela Sargent
Pamela Sargent
Tom Doherty
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  RTho
Ship, the space ship that harbors and rears humans, executes her mission: plant humans on different and various planets. The humans are Ship's "children," and grow and create a community on whahever planet they are placed on. However, in this particular instance, the one band of humans separates into two, one moving south from the northerners. These two bands share a hatred, until Nuy, a human from the south, and Leila, a human from the north, unknowingly set out, to meet each other. Leila simply wants to see what happened to the first group that was sent out, of whom never returned, but Nuy is chased out, for bringing one of the northerners into camp.

The plot was very intriguing and suspenseful, as it switched from Nuy's view to Leila's. As an uncorrected copy, I found some typing errors, but other than that, the words were obviously carefully chosen, and the flow was excellent. At the beginning (since I personally have not read the first book), "Earthseed," it was a little confusing, but things straightened out later on. This is the only problem I found in the book itself, the rest was exceptional. Ship's view was fascinating, I enjoyed both the prologue and epilogue... Although if I were to choose, the epilogue was superior, and enticed me to read the next book. As a reader, I sincerely hope that Pamela Sargent will write a third!

Content:Adult guidance, as the book uses profound words for using the bathroom, and has some vague sexual content.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age: 12

Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle Creek, Oregon (OR) USA


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ROrn
The inhabitants of Ship are back. Now they are finally on Home and have settled down to have children. After Ho had left the group, he and his people are starting to starve. After five years of not coming to the Settlement, a group of three are sent on an expedition to find and help Hos group. Two of the group get lost, and one is killed by Ho, who casts out his own daughter upon seeing her with the man he killed. A second expedition is sent out from the Settlement, but what happens when things go wrong and a war starts again?

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. The whole idea about seeding planets was a new theory to me. Definitely imaginative. The book had down-to-Earth characters, even though they were light-years away. Some of the language used seemed unnatural for the character speaking, although it did have some good dialogue and conversations between characters. Her descriptions of plants, animals, and feelings were amazing; it seemed like the author was writing from experience. This is the second in a series, and the first book is just as good if not better than this one. Earthseed tells about how the inhabitants of Ship came to be on Home. This is a book for science-fiction lovers, who are looking for a new and interesting read.

There is some talk of sex and other people's bodies.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA


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