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Daughter of Elysium Paperback – December, 1994

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Elysium Cycle Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Like its predecessor, A Door into Ocean , this thoughtful, well-crafted novel is set on the ocean world of Shora. Shora's original settlers, the Sharers, are peace-loving women who live in close harmony with nature. They now share their world with the 12 floating cities of Elysium, a society of nearly ageless humans who live surrounded by wealth and advanced technology. The Windclans, a family hailing from a pastoral, underpopulated world where children are highly prized and women revered, come to work in one Elysian city. But as they try to adapt to the Elysians' unfamiliar ways, family members find themselves caught up in the political intrigues among the Elysians, the Sharers and their friends and enemies on neighboring planets--culminating in a confrontation with a potentially lethal adversary from within Elysium itself. Slonczewski's settings and alien cultures are rich and detailed, her characters memorable and often extremely endearing. Even against such an intricate plot and exotic backgrounds, her depictions of relationships, especially family life, are touchingly real.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A fistful of cultural conflicts centered on the ocean-covered planet Shora, where a thousand years have passed since the actions described in Slonczewski's hardcover debut novel, A Door Into Ocean (1986). Sharing Shora with the raft-dwelling, all-female, genetic-whiz Sharers are the floating cities of Elysium; the Elysians, immortal but sterile, are the leading bankers of the scattered human colonies of the Fold. Hearing disquieting reports of nuclear missiles on Urulan, a planet of warlike barbarians, the Elysians have invited translator Raincloud of the volcanic planet Bronze Sky to visit the Elysian city Helicon, to research Urulan goings-on; Raincloud's doctor husband, Blackbear, will help with Elysian research into reproduction and longevity. Numerous long-standing problems eventually threaten the status quo: a new supreme ruler emerges on Urulan, whence Raincloud must journey to defuse a threatening situation; various Heliconian secret banking projects become public knowledge, and the Sharers show their disapproval in traditional, nonviolent protests; the ubiquitous machines of Helicon, having become sentient and self-willed, make a bid for independence; meanwhile, a volcanic eruption on Bronze Sky wipes out most of Blackbear's family. A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth: an enormously impressive achievement, despite Slonczewski's inability to dramatize events rather than simply report them. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038077027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380770274
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Slonczewski does a fantastic job of creating different cultures in this novel. Many SF novels suffer from poorly thought out cultures; a particular problem is that of monoculture, when the various cultures presented in the book have only superficial differences. Ms. Slonczewski avoids that completely. There are, by my count, four main cultures in this book: the ageless Elysians, the Clickers from Bronze Sky, the Urulites, and the Sharers. There are also several other cultures which play a less important part in the book.
Each of these cultures is completely distinct from the others, with regard not only to manners, customs, and dress, but also some of their fundamental assumptions about how human society should be organized. The interplay between members of these cultures -- their conversations, arguments, and differing opinions -- bring to life a novel which might otherwise have been tedious. Excellent reading!
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For anyone who has read Joan Slonczewski's "A Door Into Ocean", finding another book by the same author is extremely exciting. The reader, however, is in for a few minor shocks if he/she actually reads this next book. First of all, don't expect a sequel to the sci-fi classic "A Door Into Ocean". Daughter of Elysium takes place long, long, LONG after "A Door Into Ocean". There is a whole new dimension added to the already complex Shora, as a civilization of beings which never grow old has settled on the ocean moon and is coexisting peacefully with the Shorans. If you're wanting more of the Shorans themselves, this book is only sometimes for you -- the text is interwoven with some "ancient" Shoran history, namely what happens after the end of "A Door Into Ocean". On the whole, both the history and the new plots are intriguing and well-written. It's the kind of book that you can't put down -- as much as for its own greatness as for that of the one which came before it. It's a must-read, but don't expect it to be QUITE as dazzling as "A Door Into Ocean"
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Shora, the water covered world from "A Door Into Ocean," has continued to be the home to the Sharers and now the Elysiums, descendents of the forces that tried to conquer the water world for over a thousand years. We get to see this world fresh through the eyes of the Windclan family headed by Raincloud, brought because of her skills as a translator, her husband Blackbear who is a doctor, and their two children. These foreigners are very important in allowing Slonczewski to detail the culture and technologies of her complex universe without boring us with pages of hard science fiction descriptions. Both combining hard and social science fiction elements this novel may please readers of both.

There are four major problems facing Shora -- an issue with the longevity of the Elysiums (Blackbear's focus), the patience of the Sharers for the stupidity and short-sightedness of other other humans, a threat from one barbarian world that could destroy the peace of the galaxy (Raincloud's job), and an internal robotic problem that drove humans across the galaxy in the first place. Frankly these are too many major stories to be tackling and I felt that most of them were given shorter treatment than I would have liked; focus on the first three would have been great with a set-up for another novel to tackle the robot problem.

The Windclans were engaging enough that I'd love to read more about them. The Sharers are unique and intriguing and I fell in love with them in "A Door Into Ocean" so I'm curious as to their beginnings. The Elysiums seem frighteningly like us today as do the barbarians off-world in their blind pursuit of what each person or family wants regardless of the greater good. I plan to see if I can find more of these stories and start reading them.
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Format: Hardcover
Following a couple centuries after "A Door into Ocean", "Daughter of Elysium" revisits the planet Shora, home of the ocean-dwelling Sharers and the city-dwelling Elysians. Raincloud Windclan came to Elysium accompanied by her family to help avert a war. Her scientist husband was invited to assist in delving into the secrets of Elysians' longevity and in solving the Elysians' inability to bear children. The technologically superior Elysians live a pleasurable existence surrounded by their robot servants, who are slowly gaining sentience despite various precautions. In this epic sci fi tale, various threads entwine and produce a glorious and compelling exploration into compassion and humanity that fascinates as it entertains. Slonczewski deftly portrays the complex nuances of the bevy of characters, leading readers to explore their own human natures and giving us much to ponder.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book in its print version, so much so that I needed to get a Kindle version. The story itself is gripping -- a struggle of foreigners on a world full of nearly immortal people. A tale of cultures, feminism, grown technology and growing sentience, as well as the differences between the poor and the rich, the ageless and the short-lived.

I'm actually writing this because the Kindle version has a serious formatting issue about a third of the way through -- everything starts underlining. It's detracting from my otherwise happy enjoyment of the story of Raincloud, Blackbear, their children and the world of Shora.

(This would be 5 stars except for formatting. The book itself should be 5 stars, and perhaps the formatting should be a 2)

UPDATE: The formatting is supposed to be fixed. I haven't had a chance to go back and re-read, but this puts the book back up into a 5 star for me.
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