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Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jul 29, 12

bookshelves: speculative-fiction, young-adult, 2012
Read from May 18 to 24, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 2

This whole series is stellar and the language is exquisite. Themes of love, education, reading/books, power, and freedom unify the series.

A slave boy grows up loyal to the family that owns him, educated and loved by many, until a terrible turn of events sets him on the road. Le Guin depicts multiple, intricate, complex cultures and societies, all very differently from each other, and is a master at capturing the main character's emotional life through all the changes he faces. Stirring, compelling, heart-breaking, heart-warming.

A warning: while nothing is directly depicted, the slave culture in which he grows up does contain sexual violence towards women which may be difficult for some readers. I strongly recommend the book regardless.
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