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Seed Seeker (Seed Trilogy) Hardcover – November 9, 2010

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Book 3 of 3 in the Seed Series

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Returning to the world of Home, which humans colonized in 1983's Earthseed and where they split into two cultures in 2007's Farseed, Sargent continues exploring the nature of violence and rivalry. The farmers along the great lake and river lead low-tech lives, while the dome dwellers try to maintain the remaining bits of imported technology. Then the sentient Ship that planted the colony returns, triggering fear and suspicion. As the few mature dome dwellers try to repair their radio and keep their uncaring youngsters from rebelling, teens Bian and Arnagh make the journey north from the river to find out whether the dome dwellers have betrayed their agrarian brethren. With prose as spare as the unadorned clothes and tools of her characters, Sargent digs down to the raw emotional roots below the contentment of a materially satisfied life. (Nov.) (c)
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Sargent’s young adult novel Earthseed (1983), featuring a group of teens raised inside a massive sentient starship called Ship, received widespread critical acclaim, but not until 2007 did Sargent produce a sequel, Farseed, about a society of primitive-leaning explorers who detach themselves from the original, more technology-dependent settlers populating the planet, Home, that Ship civilized. Now the story continues with two teenage girls, Bian, from the primitive settlements, and Safrah, from the decaying domed villages. When a light appears in the sky one evening, everyone on Home suspects that Ship has returned. For Safrah this arouses fear, since the radio Ship once used to send news is broken, and other settlements will think her village is concealing information. For Bian, it arouses curiosity and entangles her in a looming showdown between the villages. Sargent makes a valiant effort tying together some loose ends in Ship’s saga, but overall the storytelling here is dull and will only appeal to readers nostalgic for the series’ far superior first installment. --Carl Hays

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Product Details

  • Series: Seed Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765314282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314284
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,048,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away the inhabitants of a planet called Earth built a sentient starship to carry their progeny to the stars. Ship's purpose was to find inhabitable planets and seed them with humans in order to ensure the survival of the species. Ship did indeed find a suitable planet. It deposited a colony of humans on a planet they named Home and carried on with its mission, promising to return one day to check on the colony's progress. And so several hundred years, and many generations, passed.

On the planet Home, the humans soon split into two groups. The first group stayed inside the habitat dome, remaining cut off from all outside influences, so that humanity would remain in its original "pure" condition. The second group moved out of the dome, breathing the native air, eating the native food, drinking the native water, becoming one with their new home. Over the years, the two groups butted heads on more than one occasion and even came to the brink of all out war at least once. It seems that people just can't get along, no matter what planet they live on.

Now a new star has suddenly appeared in the sky; a bright, unmoving star. Both groups have seen the star and both know that it could signify the long-awaited return of Ship. But this presents several problems. The radio in the habitat dome was recently destroyed by an unknown person for unknown reasons so it is impossible to send or receive any potential messages from Ship. Those who live outside the dome assume that the "inside" group are already in contact with Ship and may be plotting against them. Both groups fear that Ship will see how they have failed to live in harmony and will destroy them all and try again with a new group of humans.
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By A Customer on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The sentient space traveling vessel Ship plants the human seeds on many worlds. Before disembarking, Ship always promises to return to judge humanity. On the planet Home, Ship left behind humanity (see Earthseed), but after he left the species divided into two branches (see Farseed). Inside of the dome left behind by Ship lives the Dome Dwellers who believe they only abide to the creator's admonition of being "true humanity" while waiting for the second coming. Those who left the dome to live off the land near the great river as farmers and hunters are technologically low. These River People believe Ship's vision for mankind is to live in harmony on Home. Each side believes strongly the other side is "contaminated".

The River People see the strange light in the sky they assume means Ship has returned for Judgment Day. Inside the dome, excitement and fear is high that Ship has come back to see how humanity has fared. However, the dome radio operators find their communication devices fail to make contact with Ship. The River Dwellers are concerned that the Dome Dwellers have sold them out as impure. Teenagers Bian and Arnagh begin a journey to the dome to learn what is going on.

With obvious religious implications of a second coming judgment day in which each side of humanity expects Ship to choose their way of life over the other as Pamela Sargent provides a deep science fiction story in which she lucidly makes the case that materialism (Dwellers) without purpose is futile. The reactions to the anticipated return is fascinating since the Dome Dwellers insist they are "true" yet fear Judgment while the River People fear the Dome Dwellers have left them to be condemned. Although the characters are somewhat interchangeable except for the teens, readers will enjoy this philosophical look at two cultures in which regardless of what Ship rules life will never be the same as the creator has returned.

Harriet Klausner
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We are back at Home, the planet Ship seeded. A moving light in the sky remind everyone about Ship's promise to return. The River People lives simple agrarian lives close to the alien nature that changed them forever. The Dome Dwellers, the `true humans' are dwindling and only a few mature kids and an unruly group of kids remains. They all share the legends about Ship.

But they also share mistrust for the other. The light sets off a series of events that fuels their mistrust and violence threatens.

The Seventeen-year-old Bian provides the POV of the River People while Safrah provides the same for the Dome Dwellers. The story is more about the travel than the objective though.

It is interesting to learn the world as the characters do. None of the main characters have ever been outside their home town. The characters they meet are in general interesting and there is a progress of love affairs, quarrels, misunderstandings and new experiences.

The characters are easy to relate to but I would have liked to see a bit more character development and background. Especially the unruly kids of the Dome Dwellers are a bit sketchy. This lowered my enjoyment some.

Seed Seeker is a good conclusion to the Seed Trilogy and can be read alone and Pamela Sargent leaves the door open for another book in the end.
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