Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town. Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to.
Once settled back inside the Wall, Kamele becomes embroiled in faculty politics, and is appointed sub-chair of her department. Meanwhile, Theo who has a notation in her file indicating that she is "physically challenged," has a series of misadventures, including pulling her best friend down on the belt-ride to class, and hurting a teammate during a savage game. With notes piling up in her file, Theo only wants to go "home", to the house in the suburbs, and have everything just like it used to be.
Then, Kamele uncovers evidence of possible dishonest scholarship inside of her department. In order to clear the department, she and a team of senior professors must go off-world to perform a forensic document search. Theo hopes this will mean that she'll be left in the care of the man she calls "Father", Professor Kiladi, and is horrified to learn that Kamele means to bring Theo with her!
©2009 Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Theo Waitley, the child of two scholars on the matriarchal world of Safe Delgado, finds her life falling apart as her mother decides to leave the genetic scholar Jen Sar's house and move into an apartment in the Wall. Theo does not want to leave Jen Sar's comfortable house and garden. She also does not want to leave her father with who she has an attachment unusual on Delgardo.
However Theo has problems of her own including a notation in her file that she was physically challenged. As a result of this she is frequently in danger of losing status and companionship. It is when her mother's duties as a scholar result in the two of them having to leave Delgardo to allow her mother to investigate a serious breach of scholarship, that Theo starts to understand that there are dangers beyond a bit of clumsiness on a moving sidewalk.
Meanwhile Jen Sar is also pursuing his own path.
And Theo's all important fifteenth birthday is approaching.
I ended up thinking that this first volume in Theo's story is one that reminded me of the best of Robert Heinlein or Andre Norton's juveniles.
The narration is truly excellent. I think I enjoyed listening to Eileen Stevens read the book more than I enjoyed reading it myself. One of my tests for excellence of narration is to try to read a chapter without hearing the voice of the narrator in my head. If I cannot put aside the voice of the narrator then I know I have had a great listening experience.
This book is the start of the answer to a Character's comment at the end of I Dare.
The Narrator caught the sweep of Theo and her complex interactions and the start of her flowering. I'm so delighted to finally have acess to one of my favorite books in the Liaden Universe in audio. I watched this story take shape in the weekly chapter postings.
This book can stand alone but the rest of the series is enhanced by knowledge of the Agent of Change books.
Necessity requires that I obtain all the books in this series.
Only one wish left and that is that the Chap books be produced in audio.
yes, it's a decent intro to a very good body of work. A bit slow to start, lots of things not adequately explained, but if you can bear with that, the series is terrific. I gave it to my wife after she has put up with me buying/talking about everything from L&M, but she really had trouble in the audio version w/ POV changes and cultural quirks that were not clearly explained. Next book is better, I think, but get this as the series is, overall, outstanding.
Theo rocks, although it takes her a while (as in "several books") to find her way.
no, but great voice, very clear, easy to listen to, and generally very well read.
There are many changes in POV, and a few alien society features, that are not adequately identified for an intro book. A chapter heading will say a place and person, and then immediately (and w/o warning) be some other person/place. In print it is a bit clearer. This is the result of a manuscript that is not ideally structured for audio, I think, not of the (very good) reader or of the writing or story. For comparison check out the Solar Clipper series, which are good in print but perfect in audio form. And L&M don't over explain things (good generally), but in the audio form I think there is an extra barrier in trying to stay with the story with a lot of unfamiliar/unexplained concepts.Audio book text needs to be a bit simpler, I think, to be picked up as easily...especially if you're unfamiliar and/or driving! :)
This is a sly futuristic tale without being dystopian. The style morphs from bare-bones homey, to comedy-of-manners, to thriller, somehow making the story of a teen daughter of professors and sabotage in the reference library interesting. Nice dry satire of academic and feminist lifestyle, as our girl finds her true self.
I'm an adult who occasionally enjoys a good young adult novel. The futuristic school theme intrigued me, but I was totally bored from the start. I can see why this might appeal to a young teenage girl, but it did not work for me.
A great coming of age story with tons of adventure, intrigue, and wit. Great writing as usual from Lee and Miller, and the narrator is perfect for the story.
No. It may be snobbish of me but on average, an audio book has about 10 minutes to get me interested. This book took almost an hour to communicate ideas that could have been articulated in just a few minutes. I quickly found myself not paying attention and after a little over an hour, I just couldn't keep listening. It is possible that this is a good book, but the author took up too much of my time in introductory drivel.
Don't know yet.
Once my interest is lost in a book, no amount of good narration will redeem it
40 minutes of the first hour
As I indicated, it is possible that this is a good book, however, it seems that the story got lost in the writing.
To be fair, this was recommended to me by someone who said that I did not have to read previous books in this series before I listened to this one.
I would have to disagree. I think by not reading previous books, in many ways this book made no sense. I had no understanding of the world the main character (Theo) was from and why it was so "rule" oriented and people were so cold towards their children. The other head scratcher for me was how being adept at dancing and certain dance moves made you a pilot. This idea just seemed odd and out of place. I kept thinking that a pilot must mean something else in this universe than what we know them to be.
The other problem with this book for me is that the character of Theo did not captivate my interest. When I was done with this book, I did not feel compelled to read any other books about her character. For me, the only interesting storyline in this was the developing relationship between Theo and her parents. Knowing that other books about her do not explore this relationship, I did not see any reason for me to continue with her story.
Lastly, the narrator was not the best in my opinion. Her voicing of some characters was pretty good, but others were very annoying. Also, she never really paused when the story went from one storyline to the next. I found myself confused because one minute you were on one planet with certain characters and without warning we would be on another planet with other characters. I would often have to rewind just to figure out what had just happened.
If you are really interested in reading books in this series I would not start with this book. Maybe had I not done so, I would not have felt so lost and disinterested.
Good story great characters. A tiny bit hard to follow with sudden sub story changes. I highly recommend it to anyone and especially if you have read any Liaden universe stories.
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