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Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
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Oct 11, 2011

really liked it

I thought that this book was brilliant for the amount of themes and subjects it touched upon in such a short number of pages. I'm surprised that I have not heard of this book before reading it, as I can see it being very popular as recommended reading for young adults. It is an intelligent coming of age story that explores the oldest ethical issues with which humanity continues to grapple, such as the proper way to distribute power and the dilemma of stable passivity versus dynamic action. It draws striking parallels between the coming of age of a single girl (Mia Havero) and the evolution of the entirety of human society. I thought that the author didn't go into enough description when dealing with some of the technologies being used but it did not degrade the overall story, as it is mostly an exploration of ethics, but I am a Science Fiction neophyte for the most part. It was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.
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Julia Actually I think the lack of detail regarding the Ship's technology kept the novel from seeming dated when I just read it for the first time 48 years after it was written.

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