In 2198, 150 years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, Man lives precariously on 100 hastily-established colony worlds and in the 7 giant Ships that once ferried men to the stars. Mia Havero's Ship is a small closed society. It tests its children by casting them out to live or die in a month of Trial in the hostile wilds of a colony world. Mia Havero's Trial is fast approaching, and in the meantime she must learn not only the skills that will keep her alive, but the deeper courage to face herself and her world.
Published originally in 1968, Alexei Panshin's Nebula Award-winning classic has lost none of its relevance, with its keen exploration of societal stagnation and the resilience of youth.
©1968 Alexei Panshin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Very impressive work from Alexei Panshin, especially considering he wrote this book as a teenager while at summer camp. If the book reads a little "campy", I can forgive.
He seems to channel the emotions of a 14 year old girl shockingly well. I really became attached to Mia's character and cared about her plight. And while the premises were not incredibly original, they were well thought out.
This book was nominated for the Hugo award in 1969 and in my opinion is Panshins' best effort. Unfortunately, none of his later books (that I have read) approached the potential that was shown in Rite of Passage.
The narrator did a nice job, perfect for Mia, but a little weak on the male characters - kind of cartoonish.
Overall an excellent addition, highly recommend, especially for young adults.
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