Review: Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

Title: Earthseed (The Seed Trilogy)
Author: Pamela Sargent
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: February 28, 2012
paperback, 283 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-3215-8
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From Good Reads):
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 to leave Ship? 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?

My Thoughts:
Earthseed by Pamela Sergent was originally published in 1983. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now. Earthseed is an interesting story about a spaceship named Ship, that has been programmed to find an inhabitable planet to populate with humans. These humans have never lived anywhere but on Ship.  Ship has raised them, taught them, and prepared them to start a new life on a new planet.
Zoheret is a strong willed girl. She doesn't just blindly go with the crowd. She questions Ship's judgment when it releases them into a part of the ship that resembles a wilderness. Zoheret and her shipmates must learn survival skills and how to live independently of Ship. Situations arise that turn shipmates against each other, but soon they have to learn to work together to overcome a barrier that threatens their survival.
This story blew me away. It's like Survivor meets Battlestar Galactica.  I started reading and didn't put this book down until I was finished. Even then I wanted more. Thankfully Earthseed is the first book in a trilogy so I'll get my wish. This book was exciting and full of adventure. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in some time. You're going to want to read it. It's also going to become a major motion picture. No details yet on when it's coming out or who will be in it. This story is great and I can definitely picture it on the big screen.
My rating:
Other books in the Seed Trilogy:
Seed Seeker

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  1. Oooh...sounds good! Haven't really delved too much into the space frontier side of things yet, but I just might have to add this to my list of future reads. Funny about the original release date on it....just goes to show that good books never die. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

    1. I know. I can't believe I missed out until now. Definitely add it to your list. I think you'll enjoy it :D

  2. I've never been big on Sci-Fi type books, but recently I'm finally opening my mind to them, and thanks to your review? I think I'm going to hunt down Earthseed! (Besides, all things that came from 1983 must be awesome, since that's when I was born ;) )

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

    1. I'm not a huge sci-fi junkie either. Every now and then certain books catch me eye. I think you'll like Earthseed. It's a great book that I think even non sci-fi readers would like. You're right, a lot of awesome things came out of 1983 :D


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