Start reading Rite of Passage on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage [Kindle Edition]

Alexei Panshin , Catska Ench , Cory Ench
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £10.02
Kindle Price: £3.84 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £6.18 (62%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.84  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £9.34  
Audio Download, Unabridged £13.40 or Free with 30-day free trial
Promotional Offer:
Purchase this book and qualify to buy selected Kindle books for only £1.39 each. See offer details

Product Description

Product Description

In 2198, one hundred and fifty years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, humanity lives precariously on a hundred hastily-established colony worlds and in the seven giant Ships that once ferried people 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 planet. Mia’s fourteenth birthday and accompanying Trial are fast approaching; 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.

Originally published 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.

“Teens who love The Hunger Games would probably really like Alexei Panshin’s Rite of Passage.”–Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series

“Intensely believable, movingly personalized story . . . so perfectly done that one feels a real shock as one realizes that Panshin after all has never been a girl growing up aboard a hollowed-out planetoid.”—Algis Budrys in Galaxy Magazine

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher:, Inc.; 2.1 edition (22 Sep 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6EIIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A second reading really surprised me 5 Oct 2005
By Alianor
I first read this book more than 20 years ago. I remembered some of the basics of the plot but not too much more. It's the story of Mia Havero, aged 12 when the story begins and 14 when it ends. She's one of a number of priviledged survivors of a catastrophe, caused by unlimited population growth, which destroyed Planet Earth. She lives on a spaceship created in an asteroid, with access to education and technology, while less fortunate descendants of Earth's survivors live on colonies on planets scattered throughout the galaxy. In order to control population growth, the citizens of the Ships are sent down to planets for 30 days after they turn 14, to survive as best they can with some pretty extensive training and a limited amount of supplies and tools. This is the Rite of Passage.
The story is told in 1st person and at times I felt it went into a bit too much detail, but Mia's voice is very convincing and I was impressed that the author -- who I think was in his 20s at the time he wrote this -- could write from the point of view of an adolescent girl so well. The future society he's created is very interesting and the book is a fast, easy read. But it's not simple. It raises a lot of moral questions which, when I read the book for the first time in my teens, mostly passed me by. After rereading it recently, I was left feeling actually quite shocked by the ending. The book is very thought-provoking, and like the best science fiction, it raises more questions than it answers. Highly recommended -- I gave it 4 stars only because I think it could have been a bit more tightly written and/or edited.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 1 July 2008
Other reviewers have told you about the story.
This book is one of the unforgettables, with a permanent place in my library. I re-read it every few years, often finding something new in it.
An outstanding piece of work.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 24 July 2013
By Manda
Format:Kindle Edition
like others I read this book about thirty years ago and its memory has stayed with me ever since. I have recently ~ on my teenage daughter`s insistence ~ read the Hunger Games trilogy and was immediately reminded of Rite of Passage. I am delighted to be able to get hold of this book again and am looking forward to re reading it ~ and insisting that my daughter does too!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Communities living in spaceships 6 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having deposited colonists on over a hundred planets in a dash to preserve humanity when the Earth has been destroyed by over-population, the spaceships have continued to travel between these primitive colonies, trading their superior knowledge for things they need from the colonists. To avoid over-population on the ships, it is the custom to drop 14yr olds, separately, on whichever planet is nearest, with camping gear and weapons, and pick up survivors after a month. Dangers include wild animals, resentful colonists, and loss of the call-button which indicates each child's location to the pick-up ship.
Rite of Passage describes the life of one girl on the ship, culminating in this life-changing test.
I enjoyed the story but occasionally got the feeling I was being preached at, hence only 4 stars.On the other hand, it's a good book, perhaps after another reading I might give it 5 stars.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
You see, you have to have time for science, and working every minute through the day just to stay alive in order to be able to do the same thing tomorrow leaves no free time &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category