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Earthseed (Seed #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  530 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
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, prepa
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Tor Teen (first published March 1983)
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Feb 22, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author as I had not heard of her before despite the fact that she writes in one of my favourite genres and she has written a lot of books. Obviously my problem not hers! This one is Young Adult written in the days before that genre had been invented. It is pretty good too with no love triangles, no sex scenes and a fairly feisty heroine. I say fairly because it takes her most of the book to actually get out there and do something constructive although we always know she is ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Nafiza rated it really liked it
I found Earthseed to be fascinating for more than the obvious reasons. We've had a recent spate of many young adult novels set on spaceships and will continue to do so in the near future. What sets Earthseed apart from them is the fact that it was written when the young adult genre was barely defined and if I'm not incorrect, was hardly recognized as a genre in its own right. The reading experience, too, is markedly different from reading other novels that may be superficially attempting to do t ...more
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Earthseed begins with a familiar premise: after mankind has wiped out the majority of Earth's natural resources and damaged its ecosystem over the centuries, humans turn to the stars for a new home. These human survivors have thrown their hopes on a distant system in deep space, creating an artificial intelligence powered space ship, loaded with the history of human culture, knowledge, and the genetic material to create new humans, crops, and animals. As
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I’ll admit, I had never heard of this book before I was asked to review it and after looking into it, I found out that it had already been released way back in 1983. I know what you’re thinking 1983? For me I was shocked because I wasn’t even born until 1985 and this is probably one of the oldest books I’ve ever read, so I admit I was intrigued to find out why this book was being re-released, when it was released the first time around such a long time ago. And when I found out why, I was pleasan ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hunger Games trilogy
This book predates the Hunger Games trilogy by almost 30 years, but if you liked HG, I highly recommend this one. I can't believe I missed reading it in my own teen years, when it was freshly printed. Glad to have caught it now, though, and I'll be picking up the sequels in short order.
Note: Apparently it's been optioned for a film, hopefully HG will be a success and this will get made. Moviemakers running out of cartoon characters for inspiration would do well to look to a lot of the older SF
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
EARTHSEED was originally published in 1983 to great acclaim. Paramount Pictures recently optioned the novel, causing Tor to dust off the Seed trilogy and send it back into the world. I can see what made EARTHSEED a YA sci-fi classic, but it's kind of dated.

EARTHSEED is the story of a group of kids on a sentient Ship who have been raised to colonize a new planet. They've spent their entire lives relying on Ship, but now it is time for them to learn how to live on their own. Some aspects of EARTHS
Nov 30, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
I read this when I was eleven or twelve (I was an advanced reader and it was easily geared more for sixteen - eighteen year olds) and loved it. I've been trying to recall the name and author for years, and it was only when I stumbled on a description of the movie adaptation and the main character's name that it clicked and went, "YES!" I love it when I solve book mysteries - there are so many titles from way back when that have been lost to me.

The main female lead is complex, diverse and strong
Megan (Book Brats)
A long time ago, in a high school far away, I remember coming across EARTHSEED tucked among the broken paperbacks. I never picked it up because it looked like the cover would break if I even touched it. I skipped it over for other greats from the 1980s because my library was that backwards. When I got the chance to read and review this one, though, as well as interview author Pamela Sargent, I jumped at the chance.

EARTHSEED follows fifteen year old Zoheret as she lives and grows on a spaceship r
2.5 stars – Right in the middle. It’s not good enough for three, and certainly far from a two; more accurately I’d give it 2.75 stars, but I don’t subdivide that far.

For all the crap I’m going to give this book, I actually did enjoy it. It was good, good enough that I’ll probably read the sequel. Despite this, there are some things that I just can’t let go. For some indication of what I mean, it ranks about a 1.5 on the Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness.

Let’s start with the most obvious iss
May 31, 2011 Rosa rated it liked it
Entertainment Weekly included this book in their "the next Hunger Games?" list (popular YA fantasy/sci fi books that have been optioned into movies), so I was intrigued. I thought Earthseed was really good for maybe 3/4 of the way, to where I had a hard time putting it down and was already bossing the husband to get ready to include it on his assigned-by-me reading list. But towards the end of the book, the plot machinations and even the myriad interpersonal/intergroup dynamics (which I usually ...more
May 09, 2013 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
review of
Pamela Sargent's Earthseed
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - May 9, 2013

This is the 4th bk by Sargent that I've read. The others are The Sudden Star, Watchstar, & Venus of Dreams. The only one I've reviewed is Watchstar ( ). I can't really say that I know her work yet. It appears that her writing is somewhat known as being targeted at young adults. I'd say this bk was.

As w/ Watchstar (1980), Earthseed (1983) is a 'coming-of-age' story - in t
Erik Wennstrom
Aug 15, 2015 Erik Wennstrom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only made it about a quarter of the way through. There might be something good here, but the protagonist Zoheret just annoyed me so much that I couldn't put up with her anymore. It's one thing to have a character who is attracted to assholes, especially if they grow out of it (which I'm hoping this one does eventually). But it's much worse when they spend all their time completely unselfconsciously mooning over said assholes without any trace of awareness of their assholishness. I could maybe ...more
J.L. Dobias
Jun 07, 2014 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF Young Adult fans
Shelves: book-shelf-09
Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

I came across this book while looking at a request someone had for a book they had once read. Someone may have mentioned these novels or I might have just stumbled upon them at the time. Either way I decided since I have read Pamela Sargent's Venus series and enjoyed her style of writing I would give these a try. I have to admit that the first 100 pages almost discouraged me. The books are being marked now as Teen fiction and they certainly read like Young Adult at lea
Nov 19, 2015 Gregoire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ya
Même si Mme Sargent sait raconter son histoire ça n'a pas fonctionné avec moi La façon dont le vaisseau astéroïde parvient à élever des enfants sans intervention humaine reste flou ; les aspects techniques sont à peine évoqués De ce fait la trame m'a paru faible et finalement peu intéressante fondée juste sur le développement d'un groupe d'ados confrontés à la réalité en sortant d'un cocon Rien de nouveau sous le soleil
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
the first couple chapters seem a lot like Lord of the Flies set on a spaceship. this is not a compliment, either, as i HATED lord of the flies.
on top of that, the writing is choppy and the heroine unappealing.
30 pages and out.
Sep 12, 2014 Alisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was a DNF for me. I got over halfway though the book and I could have finished it but decided there were other books that I had that I would enjoy much more. There was nothing overtly bad with the book, I just didn't find it interesting. I didn't connect with the characters and I didn't even particularly like the main character that much. The writing and plot were okay but nothing special. I do have to say that since I didn't finish there could have been a plot twist or some character d ...more
This is an older YA sci-fi genre book. It's considered "older" YA because of the amount of smex (nothing graphic) mentioned and violence. However, it makes sense since it is a group of teens that have never had adults to learn from, only a "ship" who is really just a personable voice to them. They were born in a lab.

Within the ship they are sent to a part where it is "wild" with nature and wild animals. They are there to learn how to survive because the goal is to "seed" other areas of the unive
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, but Earthseed sounded like an interesting read so I decided to give the novel and the genre a chance.

When I was reading the novel there were quite a few things that bothered me but after I finished it and thought about it, it was an okay read overall. I am going to break down my review into three parts to explain my thoughts:

First, let's talk plot. It was interesting and different--obviously I kept reading and finished the novel. However, I had a like/dislike relati
I have mixed feelings about EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent. I enjoyed the story and main character Zoheret well enough, but there were parts that just did not mesh well with me as the reader. I do have to say that the story holds up well to the test of time and does not seem dated at all (despite being written in 1983, and the rollerblading in the beginning). This review is a little longer than my usual, as I’m going to try and articulate my thoughts as clearly as possible. I may run into a few spo ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Earth has been all but abandoned, so Zoheret and her peers have been raised by Ship, a spacecraft trying to find an uninhabited planet for them. Ship trains them the best it can for the future wilderness they face by making the youth go through a test. Wall-E meets Hunger Games, Earthseed shows what really could happen when/if humans are forced to find and settle a new home.

I have no idea how to pronounce Zoheret. Can anyone tell me? But regardless of how you pronounce her name, the heroine in t
Jul 23, 2011 Nikiverse rated it liked it
These kids are on a ship who, I guess, is symbolic for many things - God, parents, order, etc. They refer to it as Ship. It advises them. It is ultimately raising them and preparing them so they can be dropped off on a planet somewhat like earth and start a new civilization. Ship is artificial intelligence with feelings and consciousness (?). Ship has an area on it called The Hollow. And, as a test, the kids in the ship (Im guessing there are somewhere close to a hundred?) will enter the Hollow ...more
May 05, 2012 KWinks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this one off the shelf when I read it was being reissued with a new cover. That said, the version I read is the 1982 original and I am unaware if anything has been changed or updated. I hope it has not been because this book rocked. The technology was very futuristic and does not need to be modernized.
This is a very valuable story that is, at its core, about the human condition. What is our purpose, and why are we the way we are?
A ship full of human kids has been sent into space to f
Like a lot of the YA books published years before, Earthseed has been repackaged with a new cover by the publisher. When I first heard about Earthseed, it reminded me of Across the Universe since I saw some similarities between the two just from reading the summary.

Zoheret is one of those characters who will take action when she sees or knows that something isn’t right. She’s stubborn and not willing to stand by and give up even if it means getting into trouble or possible danger. So she become
Terri (Reading By Starlight)
Plot: Earthseed was written in 1983, before the dystopian crave of the last few years. The premise was very cool, with the spaceship as a sentient caregiver for the teenagers. The bulk of the plot was character driven, as kids who have grown up without adults and without any real agents for conflict learn how to live in the artificially engineered natural world, grow their own food, and negotiate their conflicts. There are some unexpected plot twists towards the end that I really enjoyed, and th ...more
May 11, 2012 Marcie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earthseed by Pamela Sergent was originally published in 1983. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now. Earthseed is an interesting story about a spaceship named Ship, that has been programmed to find an inhabitable planet to populate with humans. These humans have never lived anywhere but on Ship. Ship has raised them, taught them, and prepared them to start a new life on a new planet.
Zoheret is a strong willed girl. She doesn't just blindly go with the crowd. She questions Ship's j
May 12, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
(3.5 stars)

(originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)

It’s been quite a while since my last real review and I’m sorry for that – it’s just been so busy around here lately and I’ve been in a sort of reading slump. Maybe it’s just anticipation for Diablo II to come out and then the trip to Book Expo America having an odd effect.

I think maybe Earthseed suffered a bit from my reading slump or maybe it participated in it a little, at least in the beginning. The story starts out as something like
Penny Ramirez
Dec 02, 2010 Penny Ramirez rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, young-adult, series
Hmmm.... I almost gave this 2 stars. Maybe 2.5 is closer to the truth. I picked it up b/c a third book in the series recently got interesting reviews, and I thought I'd best start at the beginning. Unfortunately, this first book was written in the early 80s, and was as clunky as I remember most YA fiction to have been back then.

Still an interesting premise - kids are "born" upon Ship, no adults present, and Ship raises them to be future colonists. The main character, Zoheret, seemed pretty weak
Sep 27, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Zoheret and her fellow shipmates were born and raised on Ship, a massive spacecraft built into an asteroid, traveling through the universes in search of a system capable of supporting human life. The teens on board have been preparing for their mission all of their lives. They know that they will be leaving Ship's protection soon and this means they will have to relocate to the wilds of the Hollow -- an Earthlike portion of Ship that will be their final chance to learn to fend for themselves bef ...more
Things I Liked:
This felt like a pretty unique and interesting story. I was really intrigued when I first read what it was about - a sentient ship planting humankind on foreign planets. It had even more going on than I first expected. I loved the thought-provoking situations and that there weren't ever any easy answers to the dilemmas the people face. There were so many unexpected twists and turns the story took that I honestly had no idea where the characters would end up. It had a depth that wa
Alicia Dempsey
Mar 04, 2016 Alicia Dempsey rated it really liked it
This was a pretty interesting book. I don't remember how I heard about it, perhaps because I saw the movie rights have been acquired or even a list of books to read if you liked Hunger Games. Either way I found that I actually quite enjoyed this book.
First of all this is the story of a group of kids who have been raised by a space ship. Yes, raised by a ship. Anyway, they have grown up hearing why they were created and what their purpose is. They were created in order to "seed" a new planet wit
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Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship. She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Wa ...more
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