Seed Seeker (Seed Trilogy 3) by Pamela Sargent (Tor) [Book Review]

We are back at Home, the planet Ship seeded. A moving light in the sky remind everyone about Ship’s promise to return. The River People lives simple agrarian lives close to the alien nature that changed them forever. The Dome Dwellers, the ‘true humans’ are dwindling and only a few mature kids and an unruly group of kids remains. They all share the legends about Ship.

But they also share mistrust for the other. The light sets off a series of events that fuels their mistrust and violence threatens.

The Seventeen-year-old Bian provides the POV of the River People while Safrah provides the same for the Dome Dwellers. The story is more about the travel than the objective though.

It is interesting to learn the world as the characters do. None of the main characters have ever been outside their home town. The characters they meet are in general interesting and there is a progress of love affairs, quarrels, misunderstandings and new experiences.

The characters are easy to relate to but I would have liked to see a bit more character development and background. Especially the unruly kids of the Dome Dwellers are a bit sketchy. This lowered my enjoyment some.

Seed Seeker is a good conclusion to the Seed Trilogy and can be read alone and Pamela Sargent leaves the door open for another book in the end.

Information

Title: Seed Seeker
Series: Seed Trilogy book 3
Author: Pamela Sargent
Hardcover: 287 pages
Publisher: Tor (2010)

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An adventure in colonization and conflict from acclaimed SF writer Pamela Sargent

Several hundred years ago, Ship, a sentient starship, settled humans on the planet Home before leaving to colonize other worlds, promising to return one day. Over time, the colony on Home divided into those who live in the original domed buildings of the colony, who maintain the library and technology of Ship, and those who live by the river, farming and hunting to survive. The Dome Dwellers consider themselves the protectors of “true humanity” and the River People “contaminated,” and the two sides interact solely through ritualized trade: food and goods from the River People in exchange for repairs and recharges by the Dome Dwellers.

Then a new light appears in the night sky. The River People believe it might be Ship, keeping its promise to return, but the Dome Dwellers, who have a radio to communicate with Ship, are silent. So Bian, a seventeen-year-old girl from a small village, travels upriver to learn what they know. As she travels through the colony of Home, gaining companions and gathering news, Bian ponders why the Dome Dwellers have said nothing. Has Ship commanded them to be silent, in preparation for some judgment on the River People? Or are the Dome Dwellers lying to Ship, turning Ship against their rivals?

Whatever the answer, life is about to change radically on both sides of the divide.