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The Silver Ship and the Sea [Hardcover]

Brenda Cooper

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fight, flight, or peace? 8 April 2007
By Eleanor Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
I tried this book on a slightly expensive whim, and was not disappointed. It's a little like Pamela Sargent's Earthseed, only better. The setting is the colony world Fremont, which was settled by a group of humans who believe genetically altered humans are abominations. Then another ship full of colonists, altered colonists, lands, and war breaks out. The altered humans are killed or leave, and 6 altered children remain as adopted kids whose official status is 'prisoner of war.' Chelo, the protagonist is one of those 6 kids. It's years after the war, and the altered children are surrounded by suspicion, fear, and occasional love. They are coming to adulthood and discovering their talents in this atmosphere, and things start coming to a head after Chelo's adoptive parents, the colony's leaders, die in an accident. It was very hard to put down. The ending was somewhat unexpected, and not cookie-cutter. A very good book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 8 Oct 2008
By Open-Minded Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book was neither bad nor good - it just "was." The pace was far too slow and the storyline was a bit juvenile at times. I did not find it very interesting, I simply read it because I like to finish what I start. The storytelling was often flat in places which made it very hard for me to get into the world Cooper created. I found the snippets about the world the colonists came from much more interesting than the story being told. Again, it was neither bad nor good. I cannot recommend it to other readers, but at the same time I will not discourage other readers, either.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endeavour Award winner is a good story for YA and Adults 7 Feb 2009
By M. Holt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brenda Cooper has written a strong and engaging book. I found her characterizations credible because she used no blatant archetypes: I probably know someone like almost everyone in the book, including the "altered" teens. There is no arch-villain, instead the teens face prejudice from influential adults. She deftly handles the questions of "who do you trust," "who do you love," and "who do you tolerate." I found the pacing of the story kept me reading. There is very little physical violence, as in real life the question of how one survives is much more complicated than that. It is no wonder the book won the 2008 Endeavour Award for science fiction literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read... 6 Sep 2012
By Poppy Robison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Well defined characters, descriptive flora and fauna, and refreshing story. The author captured my attention and I could hardly put the book down. I truly enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surpise 6 July 2012
By Bezweifeln - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I grabbed this book off the shelf of my local library right before going on vacation. I was engrossed with the book once I determined what was happening and if it plodded, I didn't notice it. The story is mainly about Chelo, who was genetically engineered to be a leader and has her work cut out for her as she negotiates the environment she grew up in and her own background which has her painted as an enemy even though she is 17.

I enjoyed the tension with the "normal" colonists and the physically and intellectually superior "altereds" and how they dealt with various issues. They are sworn enemies in a sense, but both need the other. We see all that is good with humanity and all that is wrong in a thoroughly enjoyable story.
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