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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children--fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates--whom it has created from its genetic banks.

To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Tor Teen (first published March 1983)
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author as I had not heard of her before despite the fact that she writes in one of my favourite genres and she has written a lot of books. Obviously my problem not hers! This one is Young Adult written in the days before that genre had been invented. It is pretty good too with no love triangles, no sex scenes and a fairly feisty heroine. I say fairly because it takes her most of the book to actually get out there and do something constructive although we always know she is ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found Earthseed to be fascinating for more than the obvious reasons. We've had a recent spate of many young adult novels set on spaceships and will continue to do so in the near future. What sets Earthseed apart from them is the fact that it was written when the young adult genre was barely defined and if I'm not incorrect, was hardly recognized as a genre in its own right. The reading experience, too, is markedly different from reading other novels that may be superficially attempting to do ...more
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Earthseed begins with a familiar premise: after mankind has wiped out the majority of Earth's natural resources and damaged its ecosystem over the centuries, humans turn to the stars for a new home. These human survivors have thrown their hopes on a distant system in deep space, creating an artificial intelligence powered space ship, loaded with the history of human culture, knowledge, and the genetic material to create new humans, crops, and animals. As
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
I’ll admit, I had never heard of this book before I was asked to review it and after looking into it, I found out that it had already been released way back in 1983. I know what you’re thinking 1983? For me I was shocked because I wasn’t even born until 1985 and this is probably one of the oldest books I’ve ever read, so I admit I was intrigued to find out why this book was being re-released, when it was released the first time around such a long time ago. And when I found out why, I was ...more
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hunger Games trilogy
This book predates the Hunger Games trilogy by almost 30 years, but if you liked HG, I highly recommend this one. I can't believe I missed reading it in my own teen years, when it was freshly printed. Glad to have caught it now, though, and I'll be picking up the sequels in short order.
Note: Apparently it's been optioned for a film, hopefully HG will be a success and this will get made. Moviemakers running out of cartoon characters for inspiration would do well to look to a lot of the older SF
2.5 stars – Right in the middle. It’s not good enough for three, and certainly far from a two; more accurately I’d give it 2.75 stars, but I don’t subdivide that far.

For all the crap I’m going to give this book, I actually did enjoy it. It was good, good enough that I’ll probably read the sequel. Despite this, there are some things that I just can’t let go. For some indication of what I mean, it ranks about a 1.5 on the Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness.

Let’s start with the most obvious
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this when I was eleven or twelve (I was an advanced reader and it was easily geared more for sixteen - eighteen year olds) and loved it. I've been trying to recall the name and author for years, and it was only when I stumbled on a description of the movie adaptation and the main character's name that it clicked and went, "YES!" I love it when I solve book mysteries - there are so many titles from way back when that have been lost to me.

The main female lead is complex, diverse and
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
EARTHSEED was originally published in 1983 to great acclaim. Paramount Pictures recently optioned the novel, causing Tor to dust off the Seed trilogy and send it back into the world. I can see what made EARTHSEED a YA sci-fi classic, but it's kind of dated.

EARTHSEED is the story of a group of kids on a sentient Ship who have been raised to colonize a new planet. They've spent their entire lives relying on Ship, but now it is time for them to learn how to live on their own. Some aspects of
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early forerunner of the Hunger Games (book was written in 1983.) Recommend to anyone else who likes reading outdated sci-fi.
Chapter by Chapter
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Earthseed was…amazing! Seriously, it was so good. It’s no wonder that Paramount Pictures has teamed up with Melissa Rosenberg (the adaptor of the Twilight films) to release Earthseed through Tall Girl Productions as a major motion picture. I am so curious to see what they will come up with!

When I first read the synopsis, I thought that Earthseed was going to be a read similar to that of Beth Revis’ Across The Universe. Although there are a few similarities, Earthseed stands up on its own. Think
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long time ago, in a high school far away, I remember coming across EARTHSEED tucked among the broken paperbacks. I never picked it up because it looked like the cover would break if I even touched it. I skipped it over for other greats from the 1980s because my library was that backwards. When I got the chance to read and review this one, though, as well as interview author Pamela Sargent, I jumped at the chance.

EARTHSEED follows fifteen year old Zoheret as she lives and grows on a spaceship
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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Pamela Sargent's Earthseed
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - May 9, 2013

This is the 4th bk by Sargent that I've read. The others are The Sudden Star, Watchstar, & Venus of Dreams. The only one I've reviewed is Watchstar ( ). I can't really say that I know her work yet. It appears that her writing is somewhat known as being targeted at young adults. I'd say this bk was.

As w/ Watchstar (1980), Earthseed (1983) is a 'coming-of-age' story - in
Kristen N.
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earthseed book 1 of the Seed Series by Pamela Sargent is a timeless masterpiece originally written in 1983 that raises important questions and will leave readers with intriguing issues to ponder. Earthseed is an old-school science fiction book that offer far more psychological drama and adventure than your typical flashy space operas. Earthseed is suspenseful, thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have discovered this series! Ship is an A.I. built ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
the first couple chapters seem a lot like Lord of the Flies set on a spaceship. this is not a compliment, either, as i HATED lord of the flies.
on top of that, the writing is choppy and the heroine unappealing.
30 pages and out.
Lani Bohmont
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5 stars

Human nature is complicated and contradictory. It’s predictable yet unpredictable; it’s cruel yet kind; it’s violent yet peaceful. It’s a topic that plenty of literature touches upon, yet Pamela Sargent’s Earthseed is the first book that has truly made me think about it. The thought-provoking and relatable content is one of many positive reasons why I gave this book the rating of 4/5 stars. Another positive reason is the amazing amount of diversity present in this book in all

J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-002
Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

I came across this book while looking at a request someone had for a book they had once read. Someone may have mentioned these novels or I might have just stumbled upon them at the time. Either way I decided since I have read Pamela Sargent's Venus series and enjoyed her style of writing I would give these a try. I have to admit that the first 100 pages almost discouraged me. The books are being marked now as Teen fiction and they certainly read like Young Adult at
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 2.5
I want to start this off by saying, I was very surprised that this book was published in the '80s. I honestly thought that it was more modern (like mid 2000s). This isn't very significant, just a fun fact that I found out.
But now, it's time to get real. This book was very...meh. I really enjoy the concept and world building of the story, but a lot of stuff was just very confusing.
The concept starts off as humans sending "seed" (or children) to an uninhabited planet to begin
Even though this is often marketed as an adult SF novel, by modern standards I would have to call it YA. The main characters are teens, sort of, even though they are in a weird cultural setting, on a huge starship.
The reason I couldn't give it a fourth star was that none of the characters really engaged my interest. The central one spent too much of the book being detached and distant. She's usually as emotionless as Ship's computer.
Also, as the story progressed, I had problems with the
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-ya-sf
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Bill Dauster
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord of the Flies in space. 15-year-olds raised on a ship headed to a new world experience division and violence, but learn from their experiences. Sargent does a nice job of reflecting problems with human society in this world in microcosm. The story of an ark to settle a new world was more novel in 1983, but little about the story seems novel now.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Quick read while I was down with a cold. Certainly not the best of Pamela Sargent but entertaining nonetheless.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. The Beginning is kind of boring and brutal to read, but things pick up as it goes on and you get invested in characters. They stop complaining so much about nonsense.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a kid and for the longest time couldn’t remember the name of it, but always wanted to re-read it. Thanks to Google I was finally able to find it.
Chapter by Chapter
Earthseed was…amazing! Seriously, it was so good. It’s no wonder that Paramount Pictures has teamed up with Melissa Rosenberg (the adaptor of the Twilight films) to release Earthseed through Tall Girl Productions as a major motion picture. I am so curious to see what they will come up with!

When I first read the synopsis, I thought that Earthseed was going to be a read similar to that of Beth Revis’ Across The Universe. Although there are a few similarities, Earthseed stands up on its own. Think
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Narrated by Amy Rubinate
Length: just under 8 hours

I'm reasonably certain that I read this book when I was a lot younger. When I saw that the entire Seed trilogy was coming to audio, I looked into them and thought I'd read Earthseed. I know I didn't read the other two books in the series, Farseed and Seed Seeker (the last two were written much later). Regardless, it's understandable why this book is getting attention again, almost 30 years since it was
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
(3.5 stars)

(originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)

It’s been quite a while since my last real review and I’m sorry for that – it’s just been so busy around here lately and I’ve been in a sort of reading slump. Maybe it’s just anticipation for Diablo II to come out and then the trip to Book Expo America having an odd effect.

I think maybe Earthseed suffered a bit from my reading slump or maybe it participated in it a little, at least in the beginning. The story starts out as something like
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, but Earthseed sounded like an interesting read so I decided to give the novel and the genre a chance.

When I was reading the novel there were quite a few things that bothered me but after I finished it and thought about it, it was an okay read overall. I am going to break down my review into three parts to explain my thoughts:

First, let's talk plot. It was interesting and different--obviously I kept reading and finished the novel. However, I had a like/dislike
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book first came out way back in the 80s (1983 I think, but I'm not exactly sure of the date), and sure, at the time, I wasn't reading YA because I was more stuck in that infinite Nancy Drew/Trixie Beldon loop. So I never heard of it and totally missed it. But now it's been re-released (and optioned for film by Paramount), and I was thrilled to get a copy after hearing it pitched at ALA Midwinter.

EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent (Tor Teen, February 28, 2012)

What did I love about EARTHSEED?

Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
These kids are on a ship who, I guess, is symbolic for many things - God, parents, order, etc. They refer to it as Ship. It advises them. It is ultimately raising them and preparing them so they can be dropped off on a planet somewhat like earth and start a new civilization. Ship is artificial intelligence with feelings and consciousness (?). Ship has an area on it called The Hollow. And, as a test, the kids in the ship (Im guessing there are somewhere close to a hundred?) will enter the Hollow ...more
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Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship. She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, ...more

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