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Alone in the desert, Daiya is faced with dilemma that will determine her fate. If she can successfully resolve it she will join the Net of her village, but if she fails, her life will be spent will the feared Merged Ones. Confused and torn between worlds near and far, Daiya harbors a secret of her people, and must find a way to move beyond her discoveries to a safe place w ...more
Hardcover, book club, 183 pages
Published 1980 by Pocket Books (NY)
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Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's startling to come back to a book you read when you were 9 and discover that it has some eerily prescient science-fiction concepts. I don't know if this book could be published today, but if you can find a copy it's well worth a read.

I read this book repeatedly when I was 9 or 10 - it was the only science fiction book my grandmother had in the house, and whenever I stayed with her I would read it. I know I read it sometime around when I read Clan of the Cave Bear, because when I finally figu
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This bk was.. fascinating.. I read it slowly.. so I didn't necessarily 'enjoy' it in the way I enjoy other fiction. I think of my childhood, when I started reading SF. I sometimes tell people that I learned my ethics from reading superhero comics - not from church. I have a similar relationship to SF.

Let's say I have the closest literary relationships to concrete poetry, language centered writing, OuLiPo, & SF. Of these 4, SF is the only one deeply rooted in my childhood. It's like a parent
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Baadsgaard
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started, didn't finish. Didn't like the storyline.
Austin Dixon
The second book in this series (Eye of the Comet) was the first book I remember reading as a child. It contributed a lot to my lifelong obsession with reading, and my love for science fiction.

I recently went back and re-read the trilogy. I was afraid they wouldn't hold up to my memories, but as it turns out, they were much better than I remember.

The stories are told simply, on a level that young people could enjoy, but as an adult I can now read between the lines and see the deeper social comm
Pat Olver
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a YA-type series and describes first contact between a less developed 'hive-mind' civilisation and one where individuals are controlled through technology. Told from the POV of a young girl transitioning to the hive-mind, it is full of interesting philosophical points about the nature of society and personal freedom. I found it quite depressing, as there is no 'right' or 'wrong' side, quite a lot of physical and mental cruelty, and no happy ending. An interesting read, thoug ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't remember this book beyond a vague impression. I read someone else's review and remembered a very little more; I didn't recognize the title but found it on a list I had made years ago of books I had read. Obviously it wasn't impressive enough then.
I probably would have *loved* this book as a nine year old. As an adult I found the constant telepathy a little dull and the story unsurprising.
Erik Graff
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sargent fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
While I remember the cover and probably bought this book through the Science Fiction Book Club, I don't recall the story.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storytelling, keeps you turning those pages. For such an old book it didn't come across as dated.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't speak for how it would hold up now, but read this as a child: blew my little mind.
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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, Wa ...more

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