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Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes "remembers" things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav's greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.

This third book in the Annals of the Western Shore series is an epic story of survival and self-discovery that speaks to the power of new beginnings, and most importantly, of hope.

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"Le Guin uses her own prodigious power as a writer to craft lyrical, precise sentences, evoking a palpable sense of place and believable characters. This distinguished novel belongs with its predecessors in all young adult collections." School Library Journal

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"As in Gifts and Voices, Le Guin's storytelling talents and dry humor shine through in Powers, leavening the somberness of its theme: the nature of power, both individual and collective, liberating and oppressive. After a gifted young house slaves sister is killed, he is propelled into a quest for a better life and a freedom we could not imagine. Gav's homecoming, to a place not his home, is genuinely moving." The Washington Post Book World

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"Author Ursula Le Guin weaves an interesting fantasy as she spins many colorful threads into this powerful book that requires a reader's complete focus." Children's Literature

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"Billed as a 'companion' to Gifts and Voices, in its musing on this power of story, it complements them beautifully, though readers hoping to reacquaint themselves with characters met in the first two novels will find themselves disappointed until the very end." Kirkkus Reviews

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A haunting and complex coming-of-age tale from master storyteller Ursula K. Le Guin, this is the third book in the Annals of the Western Shore Sequence, which began with Gifts and continued with Voices.

Synopsis:

Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes remembers things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav's greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home. Includes maps.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than three dozen books. She was awarded a Newbery Honor for the second volume of the "Earthsea Cycle," The Tombs of Atuan, and among her other distinctions are the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Book Award, a PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and five Nebula Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Shoshana, September 16, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
The third in the Annals of the Western Shore series following Gifts and Voices. These are ostensibly young adult novels, though Le Guin's work seems to get this label whenever the protagonist is a child or adolescent, regardless of the themes or sophistication of the narrative.

I recently had the opportunity to hear Le Guin read from Powers at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. Before reading the first seven pages, she compared the book to "a jointless chicken" or "baby back ribs" because it lacks structural points that make it easy to start and stop an excerpt. This jointlessness is characteristic of Le Guin's more recent work, which has a deceptive simplicity and clarity of language and story. (She also remarked that she has stories but is not sure that she has plots.) Le Guin's writing often embodies or evokes the Tao (see her translation and commentary). It is subtly complex yet straightforward.

Like the protagonists of the previous books in the series, Gavir has a secret gift--in his case, he remembers events that have not yet happened. The action is somewhat picaresque, through also psychologically developmental. I was reminded through most of it of Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy, which it reflects/distorts/revises nicely. I strongly suggest that you read the Heinlein, then the Le Guin, in the same way that you'd pair Heinlein's Starship Troopers (the book, please, not the film) with Haldeman's The Forever War.
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margaretcable, July 13, 2007 (view all comments by margaretcable)
I'm really looking forward to Powers. The series so far has been beautiful. Le Guin always explores complex myriad themes in a subtle common sense manner, reminding us that "food for thought" can be bliss. The Annals are as relevant to adults as they are to "young adults," to parents as well to children. My son is one year old, and I am looking forward to sharing these books with him someday.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152057701
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Situations / Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Precognition.
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Annals of the Western Shore
Publication Date:
20070901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Jacket illustration by Larry Rostant
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 0.84 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 512 pages Harcourt Children's Books - English 9780152057701 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Le Guin uses her own prodigious power as a writer to craft lyrical, precise sentences, evoking a palpable sense of place and believable characters. This distinguished novel belongs with its predecessors in all young adult collections."
"Review" by , "As in Gifts and Voices, Le Guin's storytelling talents and dry humor shine through in Powers, leavening the somberness of its theme: the nature of power, both individual and collective, liberating and oppressive. After a gifted young house slaves sister is killed, he is propelled into a quest for a better life and a freedom we could not imagine. Gav's homecoming, to a place not his home, is genuinely moving."
"Review" by , "Author Ursula Le Guin weaves an interesting fantasy as she spins many colorful threads into this powerful book that requires a reader's complete focus."
"Review" by , "Billed as a 'companion' to Gifts and Voices, in its musing on this power of story, it complements them beautifully, though readers hoping to reacquaint themselves with characters met in the first two novels will find themselves disappointed until the very end."
"Synopsis" by , A haunting and complex coming-of-age tale from master storyteller Ursula K. Le Guin, this is the third book in the Annals of the Western Shore Sequence, which began with Gifts and continued with Voices.
"Synopsis" by , Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes remembers things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav's greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home. Includes maps.
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