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Colsec Rebellion Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1989


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Grade 7 Up In this final novel in the ColSec trilogy ( Exiles of ColSec 1984, The Caves of Klydor 1985, both Atheneum), a band of teenagers exiled to space by Earth's despotic government returns to their home planet to help start a rebellion against that organization's stranglehold on the space colonies. Five quirky and fairly distinct characters land secretly to recruit a rebel army from the teenage gangs on Earth, whose members have become skilled guerilla fighters. Smooth exposition and brief flashbacks put the mission in the context of the complete trilogy and allow the story to stand entirely on its own. The shift in focus from the savage planet Klydor back to Earth provides a less interesting locale, without the hideous monsters that gave such a punch to the first two books. However, short chapters and simple, clear prose combine with lots of action and uncomplicated characterizations to keep the story moving rapidly and vividly. This is not cerebral or high-concept science fiction, just good entertainment. It should move off the shelves, particularly in libraries where readers have enjoyed the first two installments. Fans of Ben Bova and Andre Norton should like it. The ending suggests that other adventures may follow for the same characters. Lyle Blake Smythers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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Douglas Hill (1935-2007) Douglas Arthur Hill was a Canadian science fiction author, editor and reviewer. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, and the son of a railroad engineer, he was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned an Honours BA in 1957, and at the University of Toronto. Hill moved to Britain with his wife, Gail Robinson, in 1959, where he worked as a freelance writer and editor for Aldus Books. From 1967 to 1968 he served as Assistant Editor of the controversial New Worlds science fiction magazine under Michael Moorcock. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Spectra / Starfire (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553261452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553261455
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Qit el-Remel on July 26, 2000
Format: Library Binding
The conclusion to this series lived up to the promise of the first book and far surpassed the second.

The "scards" of "Exiles of ColSec" and "The Caves of Klydor" are back--but this time, they've got a spaceship and a mission! "ColSec Rebellion" chronicles their trials and tribulations on their return to Earth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when I was 11 and it was a great introduction to science fiction. I still own a copy, although it's ratty from being dropped in the bathtub and carried around for the past 14 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Christenson on March 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the final book in the ColSec triology, a middle-school level sci-fi series. The first two books are Exiles of ColSec and The Caves of Klydor. In the future, Earth is controlled by a repressive government that sends criminals and dissidents into exile on other planets. These exiles are assigned to different planets to form colonies by ColSec (short for Colonization Section). The government then reaps the benefits of whatever resources the colonists find or produce. However, the colonists have been plotting to take their destinies into their own hands.

Cord MaKiy and his friends hijack a ColSec ship and return to Earth to gather allies for the rebellion against Earth's government, called The Organization. They turn to the societies that they came from, little groups of outcasts on the fringes of Earth's society. Cord's people, the Highlanders who live in the wild areas of Scotland without modern technology, welcome them, and many of the young people are interested in joining the colonies, seeing other worlds, and living in freedom. Similarly, the rebels find more friends among the Vampires, the youth gang that lives in the Bunkers (what's left of the old subway system under London). However, the Streeters (a youth gang in the Chicago area) are a different story. Although many of them want to escape their little hideouts in the urban jungle called Limbo, their leader, Tuller, is unwilling to give up his relatively comfortable position of power. When he betrays the rebels to the government, the others have to decide where they stand and if they're willing to take the risks necessary to gain their freedom.

This is a fun series, and readers will cheer on Cord and his friends as they struggle to gain independence for themselves and others considered rejects by society.
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