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Alien Child ➹ [Reading] ➻ Alien Child By Pamela Sargent ➮ – Polishdarling.co.uk A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth.

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  • 246 pages
  • Alien Child
  • Pamela Sargent
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 0060252030

About the Author: Pamela Sargent

Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history In , she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Watchstar, The Golden Space, The Alien Upstairs, Eye of the Comet, Homesmind, Alien Child, The Shore of Women, Venus of Dreams, Venus of Shadows, Child of Venus, Climb the Wind, and Ruler of the Sky Her most recent short story collection is Thumbprints, published by Golden Gryphon Press, with an introduction by James Morrow The Washington Post Book World has called her one of the genre s best writers In the s, she edited the Women of Wonder series, the first collections of science fiction by women her other anthologies include Bio Futures and, with British writer Ian Watson as co editor, Afterlives Two anthologies, Women of Wonder, The Classic Years Science Fiction by Women from the s to the s and Women of Wonder, The Contemporary Years Science Fiction by Women from the s to the s, were published by Harcourt Brace in Publishers Weekly called these two books essential reading for any serious sf fan Her most recent anthology is Conqueror Fantastic, out from DAW Books in Tor Books reissued her young adult novel Earthseed, selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and a sequel, Farseed, in early A third volume, Seed Seeker, was published in November of by Tor Earthseed has been optioned by Paramount Pictures, with Melissa Rosenberg, scriptwriter for all of the Twilight films, writing the script and producing through her Tall Girls ProductionsA collection, Puss in DC and Other Stories, is out her novel Season of the Cats is out in hardcover and will be available in paperback from Wildside Press The Shore of Women has been optioned for development as a TV series by Super Deluxe Films, part of Turner Broadcasting Pamela Sargent lives in Albany, New York.



10 thoughts on “Alien Child

  1. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    If I had read this as a teenager, I would ve liked it very much I felt like it occupies a science fictional space somewhere between Andre Norton s Star Ka at stories and C.J Cherryh s Chanur saga.A young human girl, Nita, has been raised by a catlike alien known as Llipel Her home, the bounds of which she has never gone beyond, is The Institute an abandoned facility maintained solely by an artificial intelligence, which has been Nita s source of education, socialization and knowledge abou If I had read this as a teenager, I would ve liked it very much I felt like it occupies a science fictional space somewhere between Andre Norton s Star Ka at stories and C.J Cherryh s Chanur saga.A young human girl, Nita, has been raised by a catlike alien known as Llipel Her home, the bounds of which she has never gone beyond, is The Institute an abandoned facility maintained solely by an artificial intelligence, which has been Nita s source of education, socialization and knowledge about her species.However, as Nita grows, so does her natural curiosity Her nature puzzles her guardian, whose species seems to lack some qualities innate to humanity But Nita is driven to know what has happened to humanity What was the purpose of the Institute What lies outside And what is Llipel s companion, Llare, occupied by, in the parts of the complex that have been forbidden to Nita It s an enjoyable and interesting story with a lot of potential However, I don t feel that it fully lived up to that potential The scenario raises questions about what characteristics are innate to humanity the nature vs nurture debate What would a human child be like who had only ever had contact with only one other individual, and that one an alien I don t feel that the book used enough imagination in proposing answers to these questions Nita seems remarkably normal and similar to a girl of our society Even inarguably socially conditioned ideas such as modesty and the attractiveness of some fashions over others are shown as immediately adopted by Nita, even though she has NOT been brought up with those ideas The story gets evenawkward in the way it handles things when it starts dealing with the awakening of sexuality and relationships presenting events and characters behaviors in a way that is very much bound to our present society s ideas about gender norms, to the extent that it feels stereotypical I expectedfrom Sargent who s known for editing the groundbreaking Women of Wonder anthology series, and her many female centric sci fi books Many thanks to Open Road Media and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book for review As always, my opinions are my own

  2. Tiara Tiara says:

    More reviews The BiblioSanctum.Originally published in 1988, Alien Child is a young adult book that follows a human girl named Nita who is being raised by a catlike creature, Llipel, in the remains of a medical institute Llipel s companion, Llare, stays holed away from them in another part of the institute that she s not allowed to access Nita begins to believe that she s the last surviving human on Earth as she learnsabout what happened to the rest of humanity and how she, a human gir More reviews The BiblioSanctum.Originally published in 1988, Alien Child is a young adult book that follows a human girl named Nita who is being raised by a catlike creature, Llipel, in the remains of a medical institute Llipel s companion, Llare, stays holed away from them in another part of the institute that she s not allowed to access Nita begins to believe that she s the last surviving human on Earth as she learnsabout what happened to the rest of humanity and how she, a human girl, came to exist in a world where humans no longer roam Then, she discovers that Llare is actually raising a human boy of the same age named Sven.This book seems typical fare for young adult books published during the 80s and 90s I think if I d read this as a kid, I probably would ve liked itReading it as an adult, it was a conceptually interesting read, but not the most compelling read It felt a bit too juvenile, even for my tastes This skews toward the younger side of young adult We meet Nita when she s young and follow her to her fifteenth year, and this book focuses on the issues that she goes through as she ages from precocious child to puberty These issues are handled in ways that a child would relate to them and not in a way that could be seen as gross or inappropriate, except for maybe one scene between Nita and Sven.The science fiction aspect of the story is where things get a little atypical This book explores themes such as nature vs nuture It questions how would a human child behave if raised by a being that didn t have an innate curiosity about things, who believed that all answers come in due time As a mom of two, I could definitely see a human child being overly curious as Nita was, despite having a guardian who was cautious and patient Honestly, I didn t think Sargent addressed this as well as she could have Nita didn t really seem that much different from a child who hasn t been raised in isolation, and she took to many things much better than you d expect.Sargent did a better job trying to explain the horrors of humanity to the children and what led to their destruction, questioning whether humans were even a race worth saving once the children had full knowledge of their heritage It might not explore this as deeply as my adult mind would like, but keeping the age group this is aimed toward in mind, this is a great way to start challenging their ideas, especially what they feel the fate of humanity should be after learning something pivotal later in the story.Twelve year old me probably would ve lapped this story up, and I think it probably would be great for kids as an introduction to science fiction and perhaps as a starting point for some of those uncomfortable conversations parents eventually have to have with their kids but are not quite sure how to get there Adult me thought this was an okay story, but can still see why this is considered a classic and brings out nostalgia among old science fiction fans

  3. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    3.5 stars rounded up because there aren t enough thoughtful SF novels for the tweens and young teens, and this does help fill that gap Good what if story, though an experienced reader will be arguing and questioning the author s decisions and techniques.Authors, please, less romance, less dystopia, for YA less fantasy for tweens let s give young people some solid SF like The Giver and An Alien Music, like this almost was.Second read Appreciated itthis time as I was reading for 3.5 stars rounded up because there aren t enough thoughtful SF novels for the tweens and young teens, and this does help fill that gap Good what if story, though an experienced reader will be arguing and questioning the author s decisions and techniques.Authors, please, less romance, less dystopia, for YA less fantasy for tweens let s give young people some solid SF like The Giver and An Alien Music, like this almost was.Second read Appreciated itthis time as I was reading for nuances and not just plot and other developments Interesting exploration of human nature from several perspectives, two of which I ve never seen before A solid four

  4. Ana Ana says:

    beginning of this book is praise from a bunch of folks I actually bothered to read it all, not only because I was curious about what they thought of this novel but also because it had praise from other books by her She was defined as writing unique sci fi, no one has ever done anything like her, she is a master at characterization and so on and so forth Talk about setting high expectations I hope I have learned my lesson.So here I am, beginning the beginning of this book is praise from a bunch of folks I actually bothered to read it all, not only because I was curious about what they thought of this novel but also because it had praise from other books by her She was defined as writing unique sci fi, no one has ever done anything like her, she is a master at characterization and so on and so forth Talk about setting high expectations I hope I have learned my lesson.So here I am, beginning the book per se, and immediately I have an issue The first line is Nita s earliest memory was of the day she had nearly drowned in the pool She was toddling down the wide, lighted hall of her home, but her short legs could not keep pace with her guardian s long strides. So what do I think This kid is small, a toddler And yet, when her guardian engages her later on, she has the speech of a much older child And this is the issue I have with most books who have children as a main character few succeed in making them sound as children.Her guardian has trouble with English and, even though we later learn she has an AI at her service, it just did not justify why Nita seemed so developed from the beginning.Several things felt like they were thrown out there for the reader to take for granted Like Nita saying she always knew her guardians came from a spaceship How did she always know Did Llita tell her that story Did the AI Not everything was bad Some descriptions were very beautiful and the idea of Llipel and Llare s people was intriguing and mysterious.I did try to go along with the story but I kept thinking wait, why didn t she do this Why didn t she go there or just felt that some things were entirely too convenient I just didn t buy it and kept trudging on I figured hey, it s only 246 pages, how long can it take Well, if felt like ages.Even the ending was anti climatic The dialogues were stretched on for miles and miles and the entire idea was so repetitive view spoiler I almost yelled OK, I get it, mankind is bad, they are afraid to become like that, I get it already, can we move on hide spoiler I just could not take the novel seriously I believe that had I read it at a younger age I would not have had nearly as many issues as I had As it is, I cannot recommend it and definitely feel the praise was overdone Disclaimer I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  5. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    I read this a long time ago in middle school It s a unique tale set in what is apparently a post apocalyptic Earth, since the child mentioned in the title of this book is the only one of her kind She is raised by an alien, and has never met anyone else, and her education is given to her via the alien and by the computers in the place she is living in This is by no means an adult book, and was written for the Young Adult audience I remember enjoying it The girl doesn t spend her whole exis I read this a long time ago in middle school It s a unique tale set in what is apparently a post apocalyptic Earth, since the child mentioned in the title of this book is the only one of her kind She is raised by an alien, and has never met anyone else, and her education is given to her via the alien and by the computers in the place she is living in This is by no means an adult book, and was written for the Young Adult audience I remember enjoying it The girl doesn t spend her whole existence alone this book has a couple of pretty cool surprises that keep it interesting though perhaps if you re a sci fi buff, you might not find later events so surprising Overall, a decent four out of five stars for a fun YA sci fi book

  6. Jen Jen says:

    Alien Child by Pam Sargent A YA book originally published in 1988 Book Description A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth Interesting, but not compelling, the novel encourages an examination of what the human condition really entails trust, love, and humanity s history of violence and war Might be a good choice for younger readers, giving them a lot to ponder.NetGalley Alien Child by Pam Sargent A YA book originally published in 1988 Book Description A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth Interesting, but not compelling, the novel encourages an examination of what the human condition really entails trust, love, and humanity s history of violence and war Might be a good choice for younger readers, giving them a lot to ponder.NetGalley Open Road Integrated MediaDystopian 1988 2015 Print version 246 pages

  7. Donyae Coles Donyae Coles says:

    This was a quick read with some compelling ideas it managed tbp hold my attention and made me think of Ergo Proxy, an excellent anime, at points Still, there was something very flat and anticlimactic about the whole venture Worth the read though.

  8. mad mad says:

    A Solid SciFi Story for the Tween Set Full disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for rape The emptiness of the world outside told her that the last story of her people had ended badly For as long as she can remember, Nita has lived in the east wing of the Kwalung Ibarra Institute with her furred, cat like guardian, Llipel Their only company is the robotic gardeners that maintain the grounds the artificial intelligence that controls the In A Solid SciFi Story for the Tween Set Full disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for rape The emptiness of the world outside told her that the last story of her people had ended badly For as long as she can remember, Nita has lived in the east wing of the Kwalung Ibarra Institute with her furred, cat like guardian, Llipel Their only company is the robotic gardeners that maintain the grounds the artificial intelligence that controls the Institute and, later, a cat retrieved from the cold room for Nita Llipel s companion and fellow space traveler Llare occupies the west wing, but the two only communicate through the mind, and then only when necessary this being their time of separation, Llipel and Llare are compelled to pursue solitude from members of their own species, if nothing else.As far as Nita knows, she s the last remaining human on earth That is, until she attempts to call Llare on the intercom and is stunned to find a furless face staring back at her On the cusp of womanhood no longer a child, but not yet an adult Nita makes a shocking discovery there s a human boy named Sven just a stone s throw away And, for some reason that neither of them understand, both their guardians have kept the presence of the other a secret from their charges.Emboldened by her new friend, Nita eagerly tries to unravel the mystery of their existence The library located in the west wing Sven and Llare s wing tells her the story of humanity s rise and fall an escalating series of wars that eventually ended with the extinction of h sapiens That is, until Llipel and Llare stumbled upon the Institute a former laboratory and cryonics facility and accidentally activated the embryos that would eventually become Nita and Sven As Llipel and Llare s time of solitude draws to a close, Nita and Sven must decide what to do with their lives not to mention humanity, whose future almost literally rests in their hands Will they go the way of their ancestors, and succumb to their most violent and base impulses Or will compassion and hope prevail Though it s a little young for me, Alien Child is an engaging and relevant science fiction story for the tween set When first we meet Nita, she s just a toddler, giving the story a middle grade feel However, as she grows older and meets Sven, and discovers s e x , Alien Child starts to feel a bitlike YA but on the younger end of the spectrum Say, junior high The story tackles many issues intrinsic to adolescence understanding your changing body relating to others around you, especially members of the opposite sex finding your place in the world grappling with the mistakes of those who have come before you and trying not to repeat them feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation Especially interesting is how Sargent navigates issues of sexual desire, expectations, and consent while far from perfect, it s not bad considering neither protagonist has taken a sex ed or women s studies class If anything, it provides a useful jumping off point for parents to explore such issues with their kids and teachers, their students Pro tip while I do include a trigger warning for rape here, as the scene between Nita and Sven might be troubling to some readers, there isn t actually a rape scene No sex scene either However, there is an attempted sexual assault in which Nita has to fend off a clueless, fumbling, and victim blaming Sven Weirdly enough, I enjoyed the storybefore Sven entered the picture and once the two left to explore the world beyond the Institute, my attention started to wane There s quite a bit of repetition of detail in their arguments, which slows the story down And Sven is a bit of a pill Muchinteresting are their respective relationships with their alien caretakers The future of humanity Yeah, that didn t excite me as much I would have lived a full life exploring the world and let humanity die with me I mean just look how beautiful and wild and free the rest of earth s creatures are without us It s a no brainer I particularly appreciate the book s diversity It was the book s cover that initially drew me in Nita has dark, curly hair and dark brown skin later we learn that her parents were named Juanita Gutierrez and Robert Kufakunesu, and that her father was a native African A specific country would be nice, but you can t win em all There s much confusion about Llipel and Llare s gender whereas Nita thinks of Llipel as a she, Sven genders Llare male like himself However, there s no real indication that they re either or in Llipel and Llare s species, the concept of gender seems to be fundamentally different from ours Likewise, when they meet the humanoid alien Raen golden skinned, with short black hair and pale, yellowish eyes , zhe is androgynous as well 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 where necessary

  9. Crittermom Crittermom says:

    I rarely read modern young adult fiction Classics, like Pamela Sargent s Alien Child first published in 1988, now released in ebook form, appeal to a wider audience Accessible to younger readers, Alien Child is not only entertaining, it is thought provoking, encouraging self examination and questioning Nita has grown up at the Institute Her only companion is her guardian, a being known as Llipel As she matures, Nita begins to ask questions Where are the other humans What lies in the cold I rarely read modern young adult fiction Classics, like Pamela Sargent s Alien Child first published in 1988, now released in ebook form, appeal to a wider audience Accessible to younger readers, Alien Child is not only entertaining, it is thought provoking, encouraging self examination and questioning Nita has grown up at the Institute Her only companion is her guardian, a being known as Llipel As she matures, Nita begins to ask questions Where are the other humans What lies in the cold room that Llipel has forbidden her to enter What do the changes in her body mean On her 15th birthday, Llipel reveals the events surrounding her birth She discovers she is not alone, Llare, another being like Llipel, has raised a boy, Sven, in another part of the Institute When Nita learns the world was destroyed by war and there are no humans left, she wonders about the nature of humanity Why did they fight What drove them to build vast weapons of war and use them against one another Is violence an inseparable part of human nature As the only humans what will happen to them Together, Nita and Sven face a difficult decision Is humanity able to change, and is it worth trying to build a future Although written in the height of the Cold War, the concepts and questions presented by Pamela Sargent s novel are applicable today It is a pleasure to see this wonderful science fiction novel made available to a new generation of readers by Open Road Media.I received a copy of Alien Child from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review Crittermom

  10. Mary Mary says:

    There is much to admire about Alien Child It s a well thought out story with convincing aliens and, as a result, convincing misunderstandings Nita, about 15 during the main events of the story, has been raised by Llippel and has never seen another human being except on computer screens By the time she s 4 or 5, Nita already knows she and her guardian are very different As she grows older, she begins to wonder if there are any people who look like her Then she discovers that a boy her age, There is much to admire about Alien Child It s a well thought out story with convincing aliens and, as a result, convincing misunderstandings Nita, about 15 during the main events of the story, has been raised by Llippel and has never seen another human being except on computer screens By the time she s 4 or 5, Nita already knows she and her guardian are very different As she grows older, she begins to wonder if there are any people who look like her Then she discovers that a boy her age, Sven, lives in another wing of the building with a creature called Llare Why has Llippel never told her about Sven and Llare And, if Nita is not alone in the institute, could there be other human beings somewhere else When they learn why their world is so empty, Nita and Sven are faced with a life changing decision.How you react to a book can depend on where you are in your own life Alien Child has very understandably a claustrophobic feel It deals with imperfect decisions and imperfect communication There is, in the end, no true meeting of minds between humans and aliens, even though Nita comes to understand her guardian All this is intellectually satisfying, but emotionally rather distancing Compounding this problem, for me, was the character of Sven Nita is optimistic and inclined to action Sven is depressive I got rather tired of him toward the end of the book Again, this was a well crafted story I would recommend it, with the above reservations, to anyone looking for straight SF set on a future earth I just didn t enjoy it as much as I d hoped to

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10 thoughts on “Alien Child

  1. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    If I had read this as a teenager, I would ve liked it very much I felt like it occupies a science fictional space somewhere between Andre Norton s Star Ka at stories and C.J Cherryh s Chanur saga.A young human girl, Nita, has been raised by a catlike alien known as Llipel Her home, the bounds of which she has never gone beyond, is The Institute an abandoned facility maintained solely by an artificial intelligence, which has been Nita s source of education, socialization and knowledge abou If I had read this as a teenager, I would ve liked it very much I felt like it occupies a science fictional space somewhere between Andre Norton s Star Ka at stories and C.J Cherryh s Chanur saga.A young human girl, Nita, has been raised by a catlike alien known as Llipel Her home, the bounds of which she has never gone beyond, is The Institute an abandoned facility maintained solely by an artificial intelligence, which has been Nita s source of education, socialization and knowledge about her species.However, as Nita grows, so does her natural curiosity Her nature puzzles her guardian, whose species seems to lack some qualities innate to humanity But Nita is driven to know what has happened to humanity What was the purpose of the Institute What lies outside And what is Llipel s companion, Llare, occupied by, in the parts of the complex that have been forbidden to Nita It s an enjoyable and interesting story with a lot of potential However, I don t feel that it fully lived up to that potential The scenario raises questions about what characteristics are innate to humanity the nature vs nurture debate What would a human child be like who had only ever had contact with only one other individual, and that one an alien I don t feel that the book used enough imagination in proposing answers to these questions Nita seems remarkably normal and similar to a girl of our society Even inarguably socially conditioned ideas such as modesty and the attractiveness of some fashions over others are shown as immediately adopted by Nita, even though she has NOT been brought up with those ideas The story gets evenawkward in the way it handles things when it starts dealing with the awakening of sexuality and relationships presenting events and characters behaviors in a way that is very much bound to our present society s ideas about gender norms, to the extent that it feels stereotypical I expectedfrom Sargent who s known for editing the groundbreaking Women of Wonder anthology series, and her many female centric sci fi books Many thanks to Open Road Media and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book for review As always, my opinions are my own


  2. Tiara Tiara says:

    More reviews The BiblioSanctum.Originally published in 1988, Alien Child is a young adult book that follows a human girl named Nita who is being raised by a catlike creature, Llipel, in the remains of a medical institute Llipel s companion, Llare, stays holed away from them in another part of the institute that she s not allowed to access Nita begins to believe that she s the last surviving human on Earth as she learnsabout what happened to the rest of humanity and how she, a human gir More reviews The BiblioSanctum.Originally published in 1988, Alien Child is a young adult book that follows a human girl named Nita who is being raised by a catlike creature, Llipel, in the remains of a medical institute Llipel s companion, Llare, stays holed away from them in another part of the institute that she s not allowed to access Nita begins to believe that she s the last surviving human on Earth as she learnsabout what happened to the rest of humanity and how she, a human girl, came to exist in a world where humans no longer roam Then, she discovers that Llare is actually raising a human boy of the same age named Sven.This book seems typical fare for young adult books published during the 80s and 90s I think if I d read this as a kid, I probably would ve liked itReading it as an adult, it was a conceptually interesting read, but not the most compelling read It felt a bit too juvenile, even for my tastes This skews toward the younger side of young adult We meet Nita when she s young and follow her to her fifteenth year, and this book focuses on the issues that she goes through as she ages from precocious child to puberty These issues are handled in ways that a child would relate to them and not in a way that could be seen as gross or inappropriate, except for maybe one scene between Nita and Sven.The science fiction aspect of the story is where things get a little atypical This book explores themes such as nature vs nuture It questions how would a human child behave if raised by a being that didn t have an innate curiosity about things, who believed that all answers come in due time As a mom of two, I could definitely see a human child being overly curious as Nita was, despite having a guardian who was cautious and patient Honestly, I didn t think Sargent addressed this as well as she could have Nita didn t really seem that much different from a child who hasn t been raised in isolation, and she took to many things much better than you d expect.Sargent did a better job trying to explain the horrors of humanity to the children and what led to their destruction, questioning whether humans were even a race worth saving once the children had full knowledge of their heritage It might not explore this as deeply as my adult mind would like, but keeping the age group this is aimed toward in mind, this is a great way to start challenging their ideas, especially what they feel the fate of humanity should be after learning something pivotal later in the story.Twelve year old me probably would ve lapped this story up, and I think it probably would be great for kids as an introduction to science fiction and perhaps as a starting point for some of those uncomfortable conversations parents eventually have to have with their kids but are not quite sure how to get there Adult me thought this was an okay story, but can still see why this is considered a classic and brings out nostalgia among old science fiction fans


  3. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    3.5 stars rounded up because there aren t enough thoughtful SF novels for the tweens and young teens, and this does help fill that gap Good what if story, though an experienced reader will be arguing and questioning the author s decisions and techniques.Authors, please, less romance, less dystopia, for YA less fantasy for tweens let s give young people some solid SF like The Giver and An Alien Music, like this almost was.Second read Appreciated itthis time as I was reading for 3.5 stars rounded up because there aren t enough thoughtful SF novels for the tweens and young teens, and this does help fill that gap Good what if story, though an experienced reader will be arguing and questioning the author s decisions and techniques.Authors, please, less romance, less dystopia, for YA less fantasy for tweens let s give young people some solid SF like The Giver and An Alien Music, like this almost was.Second read Appreciated itthis time as I was reading for nuances and not just plot and other developments Interesting exploration of human nature from several perspectives, two of which I ve never seen before A solid four


  4. Ana Ana says:

    beginning of this book is praise from a bunch of folks I actually bothered to read it all, not only because I was curious about what they thought of this novel but also because it had praise from other books by her She was defined as writing unique sci fi, no one has ever done anything like her, she is a master at characterization and so on and so forth Talk about setting high expectations I hope I have learned my lesson.So here I am, beginning the beginning of this book is praise from a bunch of folks I actually bothered to read it all, not only because I was curious about what they thought of this novel but also because it had praise from other books by her She was defined as writing unique sci fi, no one has ever done anything like her, she is a master at characterization and so on and so forth Talk about setting high expectations I hope I have learned my lesson.So here I am, beginning the book per se, and immediately I have an issue The first line is Nita s earliest memory was of the day she had nearly drowned in the pool She was toddling down the wide, lighted hall of her home, but her short legs could not keep pace with her guardian s long strides. So what do I think This kid is small, a toddler And yet, when her guardian engages her later on, she has the speech of a much older child And this is the issue I have with most books who have children as a main character few succeed in making them sound as children.Her guardian has trouble with English and, even though we later learn she has an AI at her service, it just did not justify why Nita seemed so developed from the beginning.Several things felt like they were thrown out there for the reader to take for granted Like Nita saying she always knew her guardians came from a spaceship How did she always know Did Llita tell her that story Did the AI Not everything was bad Some descriptions were very beautiful and the idea of Llipel and Llare s people was intriguing and mysterious.I did try to go along with the story but I kept thinking wait, why didn t she do this Why didn t she go there or just felt that some things were entirely too convenient I just didn t buy it and kept trudging on I figured hey, it s only 246 pages, how long can it take Well, if felt like ages.Even the ending was anti climatic The dialogues were stretched on for miles and miles and the entire idea was so repetitive view spoiler I almost yelled OK, I get it, mankind is bad, they are afraid to become like that, I get it already, can we move on hide spoiler I just could not take the novel seriously I believe that had I read it at a younger age I would not have had nearly as many issues as I had As it is, I cannot recommend it and definitely feel the praise was overdone Disclaimer I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


  5. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    I read this a long time ago in middle school It s a unique tale set in what is apparently a post apocalyptic Earth, since the child mentioned in the title of this book is the only one of her kind She is raised by an alien, and has never met anyone else, and her education is given to her via the alien and by the computers in the place she is living in This is by no means an adult book, and was written for the Young Adult audience I remember enjoying it The girl doesn t spend her whole exis I read this a long time ago in middle school It s a unique tale set in what is apparently a post apocalyptic Earth, since the child mentioned in the title of this book is the only one of her kind She is raised by an alien, and has never met anyone else, and her education is given to her via the alien and by the computers in the place she is living in This is by no means an adult book, and was written for the Young Adult audience I remember enjoying it The girl doesn t spend her whole existence alone this book has a couple of pretty cool surprises that keep it interesting though perhaps if you re a sci fi buff, you might not find later events so surprising Overall, a decent four out of five stars for a fun YA sci fi book


  6. Jen Jen says:

    Alien Child by Pam Sargent A YA book originally published in 1988 Book Description A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth Interesting, but not compelling, the novel encourages an examination of what the human condition really entails trust, love, and humanity s history of violence and war Might be a good choice for younger readers, giving them a lot to ponder.NetGalley Alien Child by Pam Sargent A YA book originally published in 1988 Book Description A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth Interesting, but not compelling, the novel encourages an examination of what the human condition really entails trust, love, and humanity s history of violence and war Might be a good choice for younger readers, giving them a lot to ponder.NetGalley Open Road Integrated MediaDystopian 1988 2015 Print version 246 pages


  7. Donyae Coles Donyae Coles says:

    This was a quick read with some compelling ideas it managed tbp hold my attention and made me think of Ergo Proxy, an excellent anime, at points Still, there was something very flat and anticlimactic about the whole venture Worth the read though.


  8. mad mad says:

    A Solid SciFi Story for the Tween Set Full disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for rape The emptiness of the world outside told her that the last story of her people had ended badly For as long as she can remember, Nita has lived in the east wing of the Kwalung Ibarra Institute with her furred, cat like guardian, Llipel Their only company is the robotic gardeners that maintain the grounds the artificial intelligence that controls the In A Solid SciFi Story for the Tween Set Full disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for rape The emptiness of the world outside told her that the last story of her people had ended badly For as long as she can remember, Nita has lived in the east wing of the Kwalung Ibarra Institute with her furred, cat like guardian, Llipel Their only company is the robotic gardeners that maintain the grounds the artificial intelligence that controls the Institute and, later, a cat retrieved from the cold room for Nita Llipel s companion and fellow space traveler Llare occupies the west wing, but the two only communicate through the mind, and then only when necessary this being their time of separation, Llipel and Llare are compelled to pursue solitude from members of their own species, if nothing else.As far as Nita knows, she s the last remaining human on earth That is, until she attempts to call Llare on the intercom and is stunned to find a furless face staring back at her On the cusp of womanhood no longer a child, but not yet an adult Nita makes a shocking discovery there s a human boy named Sven just a stone s throw away And, for some reason that neither of them understand, both their guardians have kept the presence of the other a secret from their charges.Emboldened by her new friend, Nita eagerly tries to unravel the mystery of their existence The library located in the west wing Sven and Llare s wing tells her the story of humanity s rise and fall an escalating series of wars that eventually ended with the extinction of h sapiens That is, until Llipel and Llare stumbled upon the Institute a former laboratory and cryonics facility and accidentally activated the embryos that would eventually become Nita and Sven As Llipel and Llare s time of solitude draws to a close, Nita and Sven must decide what to do with their lives not to mention humanity, whose future almost literally rests in their hands Will they go the way of their ancestors, and succumb to their most violent and base impulses Or will compassion and hope prevail Though it s a little young for me, Alien Child is an engaging and relevant science fiction story for the tween set When first we meet Nita, she s just a toddler, giving the story a middle grade feel However, as she grows older and meets Sven, and discovers s e x , Alien Child starts to feel a bitlike YA but on the younger end of the spectrum Say, junior high The story tackles many issues intrinsic to adolescence understanding your changing body relating to others around you, especially members of the opposite sex finding your place in the world grappling with the mistakes of those who have come before you and trying not to repeat them feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation Especially interesting is how Sargent navigates issues of sexual desire, expectations, and consent while far from perfect, it s not bad considering neither protagonist has taken a sex ed or women s studies class If anything, it provides a useful jumping off point for parents to explore such issues with their kids and teachers, their students Pro tip while I do include a trigger warning for rape here, as the scene between Nita and Sven might be troubling to some readers, there isn t actually a rape scene No sex scene either However, there is an attempted sexual assault in which Nita has to fend off a clueless, fumbling, and victim blaming Sven Weirdly enough, I enjoyed the storybefore Sven entered the picture and once the two left to explore the world beyond the Institute, my attention started to wane There s quite a bit of repetition of detail in their arguments, which slows the story down And Sven is a bit of a pill Muchinteresting are their respective relationships with their alien caretakers The future of humanity Yeah, that didn t excite me as much I would have lived a full life exploring the world and let humanity die with me I mean just look how beautiful and wild and free the rest of earth s creatures are without us It s a no brainer I particularly appreciate the book s diversity It was the book s cover that initially drew me in Nita has dark, curly hair and dark brown skin later we learn that her parents were named Juanita Gutierrez and Robert Kufakunesu, and that her father was a native African A specific country would be nice, but you can t win em all There s much confusion about Llipel and Llare s gender whereas Nita thinks of Llipel as a she, Sven genders Llare male like himself However, there s no real indication that they re either or in Llipel and Llare s species, the concept of gender seems to be fundamentally different from ours Likewise, when they meet the humanoid alien Raen golden skinned, with short black hair and pale, yellowish eyes , zhe is androgynous as well 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 where necessary


  9. Crittermom Crittermom says:

    I rarely read modern young adult fiction Classics, like Pamela Sargent s Alien Child first published in 1988, now released in ebook form, appeal to a wider audience Accessible to younger readers, Alien Child is not only entertaining, it is thought provoking, encouraging self examination and questioning Nita has grown up at the Institute Her only companion is her guardian, a being known as Llipel As she matures, Nita begins to ask questions Where are the other humans What lies in the cold I rarely read modern young adult fiction Classics, like Pamela Sargent s Alien Child first published in 1988, now released in ebook form, appeal to a wider audience Accessible to younger readers, Alien Child is not only entertaining, it is thought provoking, encouraging self examination and questioning Nita has grown up at the Institute Her only companion is her guardian, a being known as Llipel As she matures, Nita begins to ask questions Where are the other humans What lies in the cold room that Llipel has forbidden her to enter What do the changes in her body mean On her 15th birthday, Llipel reveals the events surrounding her birth She discovers she is not alone, Llare, another being like Llipel, has raised a boy, Sven, in another part of the Institute When Nita learns the world was destroyed by war and there are no humans left, she wonders about the nature of humanity Why did they fight What drove them to build vast weapons of war and use them against one another Is violence an inseparable part of human nature As the only humans what will happen to them Together, Nita and Sven face a difficult decision Is humanity able to change, and is it worth trying to build a future Although written in the height of the Cold War, the concepts and questions presented by Pamela Sargent s novel are applicable today It is a pleasure to see this wonderful science fiction novel made available to a new generation of readers by Open Road Media.I received a copy of Alien Child from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review Crittermom


  10. Mary Mary says:

    There is much to admire about Alien Child It s a well thought out story with convincing aliens and, as a result, convincing misunderstandings Nita, about 15 during the main events of the story, has been raised by Llippel and has never seen another human being except on computer screens By the time she s 4 or 5, Nita already knows she and her guardian are very different As she grows older, she begins to wonder if there are any people who look like her Then she discovers that a boy her age, There is much to admire about Alien Child It s a well thought out story with convincing aliens and, as a result, convincing misunderstandings Nita, about 15 during the main events of the story, has been raised by Llippel and has never seen another human being except on computer screens By the time she s 4 or 5, Nita already knows she and her guardian are very different As she grows older, she begins to wonder if there are any people who look like her Then she discovers that a boy her age, Sven, lives in another wing of the building with a creature called Llare Why has Llippel never told her about Sven and Llare And, if Nita is not alone in the institute, could there be other human beings somewhere else When they learn why their world is so empty, Nita and Sven are faced with a life changing decision.How you react to a book can depend on where you are in your own life Alien Child has very understandably a claustrophobic feel It deals with imperfect decisions and imperfect communication There is, in the end, no true meeting of minds between humans and aliens, even though Nita comes to understand her guardian All this is intellectually satisfying, but emotionally rather distancing Compounding this problem, for me, was the character of Sven Nita is optimistic and inclined to action Sven is depressive I got rather tired of him toward the end of the book Again, this was a well crafted story I would recommend it, with the above reservations, to anyone looking for straight SF set on a future earth I just didn t enjoy it as much as I d hoped to


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