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The Keeper of the Isis Light (Isis #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  729 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Olwen Pendennis is the Keeper of the Isis Light. She and her companion, Guardian, have lived alone on the planet Isis since the death of her parents. But then a group of colonists arrives on Isis from Earth, settling in the valleys – the only places where they can breathe and not be harmed by the planet’s harsh sun. Olwen fears these new inhabitants may ruin her world fore ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published March 15th 2000 by Tundra Books (first published 1980)
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Sarah Keliher
Aug 08, 2009 Sarah Keliher rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: misanthropes and monkey wrenchers
This was my favorite book as a kid. It held up well: the perfectly timed build-up of the plot, the vivid and beautiful descriptions of a high desert world, and the believability of the main character were all as riveting as they seemed when I was ten. Though the book deals with Serious Issues, as young adult books do, it doesn't offer any simple solutions, and the resolution, though quietly satisfying, isn't quite the happy ending you'd expect. It offers a moral lesson I enjoyed as much this tim ...more
Wealhtheow
After her parents died in a freak storm, Olwen has grown up alone on the alien world of Isis. She spends her days roaming the planet she considers her own. The only person she speaks to is the Guardian of Isis. But at last, colonists are coming to Isis.

This book feels very dated. The style of writing, the gender norms, the tech, all felt very golden-age scifi. Additionally, the OMG PLOT TWISTs are excrutiatingly obvious. Once they're out of the way, the story improves. Overall, I did quite like
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An Odd1
Olwen Pendennis p 41 16 has lived her whole life alone on the planet Isis with Guardian after a radiation storm killed her parents Gareth and Liz p 203. To her more than a robot "a thousand times friend .. much much wiser" p 150, he could not protect the baby human body from such a harsh climate. (view spoiler) When "eighty settlers" p 25 come from Earth, she no longer needs to operate the Lighthouse, "only the s ...more
Shaun
I first read this in 7th grade and was truly fascinated by the story of the girl Olwen living alone on a planet with her robot keeper. Everything is turned upside down when she is 16 and colonists arrive from Earth. The story covers themes of loneliness, prejudice and what makes someone human. I found myself fiercely loyal to Olwen while not truly knowing her at all (or did I?)

Rereading The Keeper of the Isis Light (20 years later) I was similarly intrigued by the story. This book has a few unf
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Julie Decker
Olwen lives alone with a computer companion on a planet called Isis. Her parents have passed away and she's the remaining guardian of "the Isis Light," which is like a beacon to draw possible settlers to the planet. She knows nothing of companionship or culture, but her whole life has built to the moment where human settlers would arrive. But what will she do upon encountering the humans and finding the companions she's been craving would no longer recognize her as one of them?

The way this story
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Beth
Olwen Pendennis and her companion, Guardian, are the only beings on the planet Isis. They tend the lighthouse, and send regular reports back to Earth about the living conditions on Isis.Everything changes when, at the beginning of the story, a group of 80 settlers from earth arrive to colonize the planet. Olwen's perfect paradise has been shattered. The rest of the plot revolves around her interaction with the settlers, her romantic interest in Mark (one of the settlers), and disconcerting revel ...more
The Airship Librarian
Actual Rating is 3.5

It feels good to go back to one of the older YA author's works. Monica Hughes was definitely a groundbreaker of YA Science Fiction and, boy, am I glad she explored the genre!

Hughes writing style is clear, simplistic (but not condescendingly so,) and descriptive. Her world-building and setting are easy to visualize. The planet of Isis and the details of the sun, radiation, valleys, and peaks were definitely a strong point in this novel.

Her characters are... good enough. Whil
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Susan Grant-suttie
This book is excellent for a 13 year old to experience the fantasy genre. It is not overly complicated with characters, but on the other hand, it explores the emotions that all people experience at this time. It allows the opportunity to explore the notion of exploration and the effects of people on the land and the people who inhabit it - and in this case there is one person and one android. It puts forth the question, how do we value each other, how do we connect with each other, what defines ...more
bookczuk
Not sure where this one came from. I periodically pick up YA books with the grandgirls in mind, always on the lookout for something that they might like. The keeper of the Isis Light has themes common to many books for this audience: defining beauty/goodness, being true to yourself and overcoming prejudice and obstacles. Olwen lives alone, after the death of her human parents, on the planet Isis, with her companion "The Guardian". Rather than have superpowers or some sort of mystical abilities, ...more
Dario
As readers, it is sometimes our rare and happy pleasure to discover a book that nestles in the soul long after the cover has closed. The Keeper Of The Isis Light is such a book. This science-fiction treasure’s simple plot is driven by writing that is clear and concise, and yet wholly descriptive at the same time. Hughes employs a type of authorial alchemy to paint a sumptuous vision of Olwen’s world and the troubles she faces when unexpected change arrives in the form of a colony ship from over ...more
Megan (Megan Likes Books)
I read this book when I was a preteen and remember enjoying it, but for some reason I never read the 3rd book of the trilogy and therefore decided to reread it. However, the second time around I liked it less. I still love Monica Hughes and her writing style, but this book's content didn't measure up to my remembrance/expectations. I was highly annoyed by the insta!love between Mark and Olwen. I can kind of understand it from Olwen, since she hadn't met a boy her age before, but it just seemed v ...more
Rachael
Olwen has lived alone on the planet of Isis with her Guardian for as long as she can remember. She is the Keeper of the Isis Light and reports back to Earth the status of the planet for future colonists. Olwen loves her life, she loves belonging to the planet and being with Guardian. Shortly after her 10th (earth's 16yrs) birthday a rocket ship lands. Her guardian insists she wear a protective suit whenever she meets the new arrivals who are making a home on her planet. Then she falls in love wi ...more
R.G.
like all her books it seems you only know half the tale because you only know what the main character knows… but I wouldn’t call it a mystery… it’s just a huge surprise coming your way… Olwen is an interesting character… she hasn’t actually been alone, she has her Guardian… so she’s very smart and likable… but you get that excitement from her to finally get to meet new people… finally have kids her own age to know… but she learns that people aren’t all that she expected and perhaps don’t appreci ...more
Juneau Public Library
This science fiction chapter book tells the story of Olwen Pendennis, who is tasked with monitoring the uninhabited planet of Isis, in case the planet someday becomes a colony. After years of living alone with only her android companion, Guardian, Olwen's life is changed completely by the arrival of colonists.

This is a book that seems to be going one way, and then suddenly goes in a completely different direction, and it really made me think.

Recommended by Kate
Swankivy
I liked Monica Hughes a lot when I was a kid, though these days I tend not to like my science fiction as hard as hers was. Anyway, this one is about a girl on another planet who's basically been raised by some kinda computer. She is in charge of the "Isis Light," a sorta lighthouse contraption that's supposed to bring humans in safely if they decide to land there and colonize. But when she finally gets her first chance to meet humans after a life alone, she finds out she's a lot different from t ...more
Alexis Allinson
A novel about the hardships of colonization outside of earth. It tells the story of a young girl raised on a planet only to find out she isn't what she always thought she was when the settlers arrive. A wonderful novel aimed at young readers but I feel anyone at any age will enjoy.
Lauren
Summary:
A girl who has lived on a planet all by herself must deal with settlers suddenly arriving and changing the home she ahs always known.

Positives:
Liked it more than I thought I would. But I'd heard a girl speak about the book... so I knew the big secret twist ahead of time. I might have liked it better if I hadn't. The setting was vivid. The characters were pretty well-developed.

Criticisms:
Multiple times I thought the author's word choice was awkward. The relationship between Orlen and Mark
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Nicole Luiken
In honour of Dreamline being named a finalist for the Monica Hughes Science Fiction and Fantasy Award (CCBC) I thought I'd review some of my favourite Monica Hughes books. I read the Isis books during my junior high years--and read them and reread them many times.

I loved Olwen, the orphaned child lightkeeper on a distant planet, who grew up in the care of a robot, and is bewildered and excited when a colony from Earth lands on her planet.

The revelations at the end about her pet and Olwen hersel
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Claire
A quick read that packs an astounding amount of action and and emotion into each page. The book is beautifully plotted and lyrically written, with a very simple story at its heart that unfolds into many smaller complexities. The setting and Olwen's alien upbringing within it are evocatively conveyed, and give the whole book a distinctive, dreamlike immediacy. The two main characters are simply portrayed but come to life with quite a depth of poignancy. If you're interested in sci-fi, particularl ...more
Ann
Olwen Pendannis has led a happy but solitary life on the planet Isis since her parents' death when she was a young child. Although she has her robot companion, Guardian, and her pet, Hobbit, she has never seen another human being. This all changes when a group of settlers from earth arrive to colonize Isis. As Olwen adjusts to their presence, new feelings surface...especially towards a boy named Mark. But as mark and the other colonists learn things about Olwen that make them shy away, it seems ...more
Caitlyn
Years ago. I need to reread this.
Cupof Tea
I'm reading the combined trilogy including this book, but I am finished the first novel and I really liked it. I almost like not knowing all of the story yet, and possibly not ever knowing what happened next, since the next novel takes place many many years later.

Mainly, I enjoyed being transported to a new mostly empty planet, seen through the eyes of someone for whom it is home. To be able to live with nature and be so untouched by human settlement is a fabulous fantasy for me :)
Glaiza
*Not a review. Just a bundle of thoughts.*


What would it be like to grow up and have a planet virtually to yourself?

Linking elsewhere: http://glaiza.booklikes.com/post/7633...
Jessica
Alone for most of her life on a planet with only her android servant for company, a young girl looks forward to the eventual arrival of colonists, the reason she has been placed there as a "lightkeeper." She will guide them to their new home, and help them get settled. But when they arrive, her android Guardian doesn't want her going anywhere near the colonists . . . what has he had to do, in order to keep her alive on Isis?
Jesse
One of the earliest books I can remember reading in school, this book is an easy read and it really mixes a great read with a moral. I liked the ship, how it protected her. She had to face discrimination from her own kind after living in a state of oblivion for all of her life. I think every tween should have to read this if they would just publish it again. I can't seem to get my hands on a copy.
Tata Surya
o tell the truth, I read this in elementary and the year have unfortunately tarnished my love for this book. It's one of the series that I have not forgotten, even if a decade and a bit has passed. I may need to read this again to compose a proper review for this. However, I have to say I will be bias to no end because this /is/ my childhood. :)
Pita-eater
I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I loved this book. It has great characters, setting, and imagery.

Warning: Don't read the inside dust jacket or back cover--any summaries I've seen ruin the plot completely. I read this book without seeing the back cover, and I think that's why I liked it so much.
Melissa
I thought this was a great book! Well written and thought provoking. I think it should be read in schools. We all need to learn to be more open to differences in each other. I enjoyed how she grew up and changed throughout the book and am looking forward to reading the next book.
Jackie "the Librarian"
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Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.

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