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Published March 1st 1977 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1975)
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A quick little look into a backwater planet like none I've ever read of before. It was fun to see how neatly she managed to package all the themes into those quick 200 pages. Feminism and gender roles, what it means to be human, even the dangers of blind devotion.

I always enjoy anything by this author, and I'm pleased to see that Starmother was no exception. Van Scyoc is wonderful at what she does, and leaves just the right amount of story untold to satisfy me.
In Starmother, space cadet Jahna is chosen to be the caregiver for "mutant" infants on a grey, unwelcoming world. However, the hostile welcome she receives conceals the extent of the genetic mutations that she later finds. The more she learns about the world and its split societies (order and silence vs. primal lust and chaos), the more she realizes that something is amiss. I can't say any more without revealing spoilers.

At just over 200 pages, this book is incredibly short. The world was fresh
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I wanted to like this more than I did. The idea seemed good. I didn't think the execution was as strong.
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