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Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin

Rite of Passage (1968)

by Alexei Panshin

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How old SF can be as crappy as new SF: "Rite of Passage" by Alexei Panshin

Book published in 1968.

After finishing “After the Apocalypse” by Maureen F. McHugh, I wanted something from the good old days. With some serendipity involved, I read “Rite of Passage” by Alexei Panshin, which I read in my teens. My memory of it was at best very hazy. The only thing I remembered was that I didn’t like it at all at the time.

So much junk published is called SF (“Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman, etc) and it’s very difficult to find decent reading stuff. I wanted to know whether my memory was playing tricks on me after 30 years (it wasn’t).
To start at the end, I still don’t like it.

The rest of this review can be found on my blog.. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
This brings me up to 89% done with Reading The Nebula Award Winners.

I'm really sorry I somehow missed reading this book when I was a kid. I would have loved it when I was a pre-teen. As it was, I liked it, but it's very definitely a coming of age story with an Introduction to Ethics woven in. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I remember being a fan of the book many years ago when I read it as a youngster. Now rereading it in my 50s I find it is still powerful and enjoyable to me.

Certainly the story reads as rather immature in tone and characterization. These aspects are appropriate since the main character/narrator is 13 years old in the story.

Some people might find the plot development rather slow. We spend most of the book following Mia as she lives a year of her life in the massive spaceship that is her home. It is only in the last 1/4 of the book that she lands on planets and begins her rite of passage.

Another aspect that some readers will not like is the fact that Mia does not get her way. Many events around her cause Mia unhappiness. There is a major plot development in the final pages that shock Mia and leave her dissatisfied and unhappy. I think these plot points are useful because life for young people is not a series of wish fulfillments that give the young people everything they want. Adults in the world have the power to make decisions that young people disagree with and leave many young people angry and wanting change. This is the way the world is and should be in YA fiction also.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers who can handle a slow pace aimed at young teens. ( )
  superant | Sep 22, 2014 |
If memory serves I first read this as it was in my Eng lit class at high school. Not a half bad story. Not this edition, cannot in fact recall the edition I read. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a wonderfully presented story of a young girl coming of age -- but out in space, not here and now, so there are unique situations of character growth, of joy and tragedy that the author handles well. ( )
  jennorthcoast | Nov 21, 2012 |
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Panshin, AlexeiAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggleton, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, TerryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jamoul, Jean-FrançoisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krásný, Jan PatrikCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruiter, PonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none,

That do not do the thing they most do show,

Who moving others are themselves as stone,

Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,

They rightly do inherit heaven's graces

And husband nature's riches from expense;

They are the lords and owners of their faces,

Others but stewards of their excellence.

The summer's flow'r is to the summer sweet

Though to itself it only live and die,

But if that flow'r with base infection meet,

The basest weed outbraves his dignity:

For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;

Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

This book is for Charles and Marsha Brown
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To be honest, I haven't been able to remember clearly everything that happened to me before and during Trial, so where necessary I've filled in with possibilities--lies, if you want.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0978907825, Paperback)

In 2198, one hundred and fifty years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, Man lives precariously on a hundred hastily-established colony worlds and in the seven giant Ships that once ferried men 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 world. Mia Havero's Trial is fast approaching and 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. Published originally 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.

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