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Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children - 15-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates - whom it has created from its genetic banks.

To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship’s protection. Now that day is almost upon them, but are they ready? Ship devises a test, and suddenly instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers - and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race - themselves?

Pamela Sargent is the author of many highly praised novels for young adults and adults, including Earthseed, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has won the Nebula and Locus awards and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

©1983 Pamela Sargent (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“This fascinating novel is very reminiscent of the better Heinlein juveniles…A very impressive novel…Should not be overlooked.” (SF Chronicle)

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Sort of Like the Hunger Games

Parts of this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, like when they have a contest to see which team can make it through the Hollow which is a wilderness earth like part of the ship they are on.
I liked the part best when they go out and live in the Hollow on there own in preparation for them to live on the planet they are headed for.
What I didn't like it that they could have sex without consequences, although their aren't any sex scenes.

All in all it was a good book and I felt the Narrator was a perfect pick for the main charter's voice.