Volume 1 of the Children of the Star trilogy. Growing up on a planet with a Stone Age culture, Noren vows to battle against the Scholars, high priestsVolume 1 of the Children of the Star trilogy. Growing up on a planet with a Stone Age culture, Noren vows to battle against the Scholars, high priests who control all knowledge and machines and who are rumored to subdue heretics through torture. But Noren soon learns that the road to heresy has unexpected curves.
Though the literary style can be prosaic at times, this novel and the two novels that follow it have so much that I enjoy in a story: friendship, romance, mentoring, rebellion, imprisonment, religion, science, oodles of ethical dilemmas, and some of the best plot twists I've ever encountered.
Back in February 1979, when I was fifteen, I read the first two novels in this series, which were published and nicely typeset by Atheneum, with well-crafted, appropriate illustrations by Richard Cuffari. Then a major snowstorm hit, and I had a week off from school, so I read the novels again. In college, I got up the nerve to send a fan letter to Sylvia Engdahl; she kindly took the time to answer, informing me that there was a third volume in the series. I promptly bought it. Years later, I discovered her Website and found that the trilogy had been updated and released as a single volume, Children of the Star. And now the three novels are available as multi-format e-books (DRM-free if you buy them at the author's Website).
With the trilogy available in so many different formats, I hope it will reach a new generation of readers....more