Synopses & Reviews
The classic YA science fiction adventure by Nebula and Locus Award-winning author Pamela Sargent
The ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children—fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates—whom it has created from its genetic banks.
To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ships protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers—and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race—themselves?
PRAISE FOR PAMELA SARGENT:
“Sargent, without fanfare or hoopla, has become a strikingly able and unusual storyteller... Her real forte is characterization, an ability to dissect and lay open the fears, passions, and yearning of the intensely human people who invariably inhabit her books.”
—Michael Bishop, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Sargent is a sensitive writer of characterization rather than of cosmic gimmickry.”
“Sargents ability to combine characters, ideas, and action marks her as a promising new writer.”
—Susan Wood, Locus
“Pamela Sargent is one of the leaders in a new generation of SF novelists. She moves you through strange dimensions, she gives you people you can care about, she thinks deeply. I find her irresistible.” —Gregory Benford
* ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection
* Booklist Young Adult Reviewer's Choice selection
* NYPL Books for the Teen Age selection
“ A melding of the psychological and the high adventure story, this gripping, emotion-evoking narrative is the first young adult novel by the author of Watchstar and other adult science fiction.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“The story is thought-provoking and full of odd surprises.”—School Library Journal
“This fascinating novel is very reminiscent of the better Heinlein juveniles (particularly Tunnel in the Sky)... A very impressive novel...should not be overlooked.” —San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award. She lives with writer George Zebrowski in upstate New York.