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.
IT'S ALL CLEAR AS MUD
Excellent and enjoyable read.The main character is young yet the writing is descriptive and mature which allows the character and the story to grow up. It is more of an intelligent read, rather than something happening all the time. "Fledgling" starts with the adventures of Theo who was born into a scholars family, however has the mind and precise reflexes of a Korval pilot. She struggles to both discover and hone her skills as well as find her purpose in the planet.
I've read all of the Lee and Miller stories and wanted to give the audio book a try. I will stick with the paperbacks. Some stories just seem to be better read to yourself.
Yes, but would a like a better story next time.
Yes, for time pass.
Performance was better than average.
I tried to like this because I am a fan of series fiction. I can really enjoy settling in and engaging in a multi-book relationship with characters. However, based on this excerpt I am baffled as to why anyone would wish to spend any time at all with these flat, average people. All these elements--futuristic co-operative living and family structure, little girls with a special relationship to cats, academia--have been better explored by Asimov, McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, David Weber, Willis and many others. During this 58 minutes, nothing much happened while I accompanied a banal child through her morning. If there is more to this series than a meander through reheated ideas, this excerpt didn't show it.
You know, I'm torn between whether they should read more quality science fiction or less. I can't tell whether they suffer from emulation or ignorance.
No, this is my first listen with her. I thought she was rather good. She did have one mispronunciation (as opposed to regionalism or secondary pronunciation) of a rather common word but it's a rare narrator who doesn't. I'd listen to her again.
It made me want to go re-read about 25 books I already own.
Prolific does not equal good.
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