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Jem Paperback – September 1, 1994
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But JEM is more than just the detailing of a planet, it is the creation of a civilization, where Earth can no longer support people and so they have to move on and try to start again, only our petty human disagreements get in the way and we almost risk utopia for the sake of being superior to someone else.
There is so much going on in this novel that it's almost impossible to discuss, but Pohl handles everything perfectly, from the charactization of the humans, to the imaginative aliens that inhabit the world of Jem. Yes, there are setbacks, there are fights, and the people almost fail, the black night bearing down on them, but the novel ends with a ray of light, the final few lines certain to resonate long after the novel has been closed (that's a cliche thrown around a lot, but here it is completely applicable.) It's a must for anyone and everyone.
Humans bring their warlike, country fighting and spying ways along, and teach the natives. People ain't nice.
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Absolutely fantastic book, if you like Frederik Pohl. I did like Gateway better, but I'd say this is my 2nd favorite of his books.Published 14 months ago by Scott Mitting
Frederik Pohl's "Gateway" is among the best novels I've ever read, so I always pick up a Pohl book with high expectations. Read morePublished 18 months ago by jrmspnc
I read this novel years ago and found numerous elements of it interesting. In particular the separation of the nations of the world into three blocs (Fuel, Food, & People) with... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Dayton Lavon Kitchens
In a not so distant future, Earth is geopolitically divided in 3 ridiculous "blocks" engaged in Cold War 2.0. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Adman
Pohl is a much acclaimed writer...but I think much this acclamation is due to his incredible amount of creativity. Read morePublished on October 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer