The hero of the book is the year-old healer of that small community, now only people where once it was ten thousand. The planet is not particularly friendly to 4. The planet is not particularly friendly to humans, but they've carved an existence out of it, a hard one, an agrarian life, with domestic animals and wild ones providing them sustenance, and with plants providing all their medicine.
The scientists in the spaceship are clueless about this way of life, and see the people as primitive and backwards, where the primitive folks are pretty happy and think the visitors are rude, judgmental, estranged from nature--and they are. Spoilers ahead: The reason this doesn't satisfy as much as her other books is twofold: 1 there is some lack of resolution and 2 the issues she brings up are disturbing. It's like Avatar the over-CGI'ed, "noble savages" movie that I'm no fan of but without any unlikely heroic uprising.
Things turn out okay enough with little violence, but Eden has been spoiled to some extent. The reader is left with some disturbing questions, like "what is it to live to the age of if you never see wilderness or eat real food? And as the planet has problems, as the devastation to the population numbers shows, the workers for the corporation that explores space for habitable planets start to suspect all the colonies that ever were are like this, and that they are working for an evil monster that only leads people to their deaths. Dark stuff, really.
Again, really solid writing, characters you believe, and great worldbuilding from Ms. Generally her other books have left me feeling that just enough was explained to understand while still leaving things to ponder. The main character was interesting and compelling. A marvelous YA piece of science fiction, the story is ostensibly about a clash of cultures as a space-age civilization meets a neolithic people who are descendants of a lost colony sent years ago. It is however a clever parable about the faults of our technological society that has lost touch with nature and human connection.
Despite the poorer health and physically harder lives of the natives it is telling that none of them were willing to trade it for the squeaky clean yet soul-less existe A marvelous YA piece of science fiction, the story is ostensibly about a clash of cultures as a space-age civilization meets a neolithic people who are descendants of a lost colony sent years ago. Despite the poorer health and physically harder lives of the natives it is telling that none of them were willing to trade it for the squeaky clean yet soul-less existence of their space faring friends.
The characters were well crafted and believable, the world of planet Xilan beautiful in its vast wilderness and broad vistas teeming with alien life.
This is classic sci-fi so typical of the s and 80s in its idealism and fanciful imagination of other worlds. Books like these made me yearn to be an astronaut once upon a time.. Jun 25, CJ Andrian rated it liked it. I got this book for Christmas a few years ago. It was an okay read from what I remember—a bit confusing and hard to follow, but then again I was probably eleven or twelve when I read it. May 04, Leslie rated it liked it.
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Different concept than what I've read. The cover on the shelf attracted me to it, glad i read it. Feb 23, Douglas Larson rated it liked it. While I liked this story, I didn't find it to be as profound as some reviewers portray it.
The story and its surprise twist of the plot are well done and believable but it didn't hit me as it was like nothing else. It may be that by the time I read this I had already read 5 or 6 of Hoover's other works, some of which I liked better and some not as much as this one. Kind of a compressed environmental-message story about an advanced society finding a lost colony that has gone native and the clash of cultures between a typical sterile, technology-driven future Earth and the nature-loving natives.
The concept is a bit cliche nowadays, and so risks feeling dated, but as an intermediary book, I think it sets up a nice moral conflict for kids to think about.
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Feb 20, Julie S. I own this book and read it a few times when I was quite young. Since my copy that I got at a garage sale has no cover, adding this to GoodReads is the first time that I have ever seen the cover. If I do reread it, I'm not in a huge rush since I have a lot of other books to read.
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Perspective-taking alternates between two main characters and their world views, not consistenly well-developed motivation or explanation. Ethical dilemma of corporate responsibility for colonists adds to suspense. Not a juvenile book, even though nominally written for kids. Very thoughtful, a bit scary, a lot sad, and very satisfying. Doreen rated it really liked it Jun 16, Luigi rated it liked it Nov 05, Dave Farley rated it really liked it Nov 04, Karen rated it it was ok Nov 30, It makes me sad that her books seem to have gone out of print.
Our local library used to have several of them in the children's and teen section and every one has now been purged. In fact there "when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.
In fact there are none in our entire county system. Hoover's books that I have read seem to have a strong nature i. This story is about two cultures meeting each other after a separation of hundred years. A small population had colonized a planet but the records did not show that - only an expedition, and we have a couple mysteries to puzzle out.
When a new expedition arrives both sides are surprised to discover each other. The interpersonal relationships and strong characters made this a very enjoyable read.
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I am purposely not giving away details of the story in my comments because I did not want to spoil things. However I thought I would add that the story made me a little sad and melancholy, and that this is a bit of a "message" story that is as true today as it was in when written and as the author imagined it might be a years or so in the future.
This strikes me as a very good story for 8th grade or so middle schoolers to read and think about. Paul Lemieux rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Tanya Hough rated it really liked it Nov 24, Dee rated it really liked it Feb 16, Christine rated it really liked it Sep 12, Tripontime rated it really liked it May 17, Elizabeth Creegan rated it it was amazing Feb 20, A corporate merger may soon threaten his job. But when he receives an on-air call from a woman claiming to be his grandmother, Sheridan feels compelled to uncover all he can about this previously unknown branch of his family, embarking on a quest that will change how he sees his future and his past.
Bird of Another Heaven is rich in historical scene and character, based in part on actual events. Even though this is historical fiction, I felt my eyes opening as I read it. Living in North Carolina, I haven't been as exposed to the culture and history of Hawaii beyond what you see in TV and California during the Gold Rush and Hawaii on the verge of annexation as a U. Its narrative is also a double story.
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