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Fledgling by Sharon Lee
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Oct 09, 09

Read in October, 2009

The Liaden story continues, from an angle. Young Theo Waitley is in her early teenage years. She is smart, friendly but slightly socially awkward (aren't we all at that age?), and at that adolescent stage where she is having trouble with a body and brain that know almost how to move together, but keep bouncing off of doorframes nonetheless. Her mother is an honorable scholar who has discovered severe meddling in academic resources: the basic texts upon which scholarly work is built have been altered. While Theo has to deal with her "antisocial" and "dangerous" physical "handicaps," her mother has to deal with a conspiracy to undermine the university system. While accompanying her mother on the academic investigation, Theo discovers something very important about herself along the way ... But is it important enough to take to Delm Korval?

Yeah, it sounds kinda silly. But what you get is a combination of academic intrigue and coming-of-age that lets us into the mental, emotional and physical development of the daughter of a Liaden pilot without any of the Liaden cultural restrictions. Certainly, there are cultural hedges all around her, but they are constructs of a very different world, where Terran-based academics are paramount, and "antisocial behavior" is the highest crime.
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