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RS is one of my favorite authors. He has written some really good stuff, such as Downward To Earth, The World Inside, At Winter's End and Sorcerers of Majipoor. He has edited some of the best collections of all time such as Legends and Far Horizons.
This book is about a Prince who is separate from his Kingdom by 10,000 miles on a planet colonized by Earth. The planet has a small indigenous population. Sound familiar? The book had some good parts, but there was really no plot. I kinda of think it important for a story to have one. I like the book, I just did not love it and there are two many great books out there to spend time on a travel log of a planet that does not exist.
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This novel is really a classic adventure story of a boy becoming a man through experiences that challenge him physically and mentally, that happens to be a classic hard science fiction story set on a planet around another star system. The sci-fi aspects function rather more as plot devices to enable the author to put the protagonist, a fifteen year old child of wealth and privilege in a feudal society at the start of the story. When the society is suddenly beset by a revolt of the peasant "volk," Joseph must find his way 10,000 miles from the estate of his cousin back to his own home. He is helped along the way he is rescued by the other sentient species native to the planet, as well as by sympathetic members of the "volk." Along the way while he comes to question the beliefs and values of the society in which he was raised. I would recommend the book highly for teenagers, with the caveat to parents that there is some fairly graphic sexual content, alhtough presented tastefully and lovingly. The reader has a good voice who adds just enough dramatization to add to the enjoyment. My only quibble, since I take the "science" in science fiction very seriously, is that the author assumes (as do most science fiction writers) that human beings will go to distant worlds populated by plants, animals, and sentient creatures that not only look outwardly very similar to earth species, but that have a biology sufficiently similar that we can live off them.
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