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Earthseed by Pamela Sargent
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May 31, 11

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Read from May 28 to 31, 2011

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 love beyond all measure, the whole X-Men thing of how a disparate group meshes together) start dragging everything down, and I was more bored than anything and finishing-just-to-be-done. Too much action movie type stuff for my taste (boring fight/stealth sequences, etc.), and more importantly, for all the portrayals of interpersonal relationships, I feel like there's very little character development, even where the main character is concerned. I don't mean that no one changes or evolves, but that we still don't learn that much more from central characters aside from broad brushstrokes and immediate details. Also, I found all the Zoheret/Ship stuff more boring than I think I was meant to... I'm on the fence about whether to check out the sequel - the few pages included at the end of my copy of Earthseed piqued my interest, but I see some reviewers describing it as "boring", and since I was already bored by this book, which is supposed to be the good one, I guess I'll just wait until I'm truly desperate for books to read... (BTW I was rather surprised by the all the teens having sex in this book, like without even the pretense of love or procreation - I guess the '80s were a lot less conservative than we are led to believe!)
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