December 31st, 2010

Steph book

Review: "Keeper of the Isis Light" by Monica Hughes.

I was looking on Amazon for "Invitation To The Game" by Monica Hughes (because it is my favorite book from when I was younger) when I thought to look at her other titles. So it was that I stumbled on "Keeper of the Isis Light."

Synopsis: Olwen Pendennis is 16 by Earth years, 10 by Isis years. Her parents were the Keepers of the Isis Light, a communications tower on a mesa to help ships in case they needed somewhere to land. They died, leaving Olwen to be cared for by Guardian, and for her to become the Keeper when she was old enough. She has spent the last 7 Earth years with only Guardian, and a dog-like creature called Hobbit, for company, when a ship full of settlers lands on Isis, spoiling everything. She never questions why they are confined to the valleys by the environment when she herself has the run of the whole planet. Nor does she question Guardian's insistence that she go among them masked and in an environmental suit, nor why the house she shares with Guardian has never had any mirrors.

Will she be able to cope with the new settlers, to adjust to them? Will they be able to adjust to her? When the secret Guardian is keeping from her is revealed, will they be too alien for one another? And why, oh why, did she have to fall in love with one?

Review: Awesome book. Just awesome. Very realistic tale, even if the rocket ships and types of robots date it a little (I was surprised to find its copyright is 1980, it feels older than that). I was very lucky to be able to find this at the library, and now I definitely want to own a copy and read the sequel, "The Guardian of Isis." I read this book straight through in one sitting, I could not get enough of it. Sadly, this book does not seem to sell much anymore. It's a shame, really. Monica Hughes writes such awesome books.

There are a few things in the story that I want to comment on. Collapse )

But, despite my biases and my issues with the book, excellent book. I am going to go buy a copy! And I already have the sequel on hold at the library.

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