Author: Pamela Sargent
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 2012
The ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children—fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates—whom it has created from its genetic banks.
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?
Like a lot of the YA books published years before, Earthseed has been repackaged with a new cover by the publisher. When I first heard about Earthseed, it reminded me of Across the Universe since I saw some similarities between the two just from reading the summary.
Zoheret is one of those characters who will take action when she sees or knows that something isn’t right. She’s stubborn and not willing to stand by and give up even if it means getting into trouble or possible danger. So she becomes the reluctant heroine and ends up playing a big part in saving Ship’s inhabitants.
The Hollow, which is an earthlike environment onboard Ship is where the teens are supposed to set up their settlement to prepare for when Ship does find a suitable planet for them. Soon after, human nature starts to take over leading to problems and arguments within the group.
I was surprised by how much happened. I’m so used to plot points being dragged out over several books but that wasn’t the case with Earthseed. There were questions about Earth and it became obvious that there was more to the Project and that Ship might be hiding things from the teens. But throughout the course of the book, everything (and more) was revealed--even things Ship had no idea about.
When I got to the end I did find myself wondering what will become of these characters and luckily I will get to find out since there are two other books in the series that take place years in the future.
Rating 4 Stars
* Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review