Do not, I repeat, DO NOT give up on this book. I was not captivated and almost put it down but I persevered and it was well worth the read. Anthropomorphism runs in a heavy vein through my favorite books and one would have expected me to fall immediately in love with this book, which I eventually did. This book is fraught with symbolism and consequently very thought provoking.
The author paints the galaxy as being populated by the animal kind of Earth. The story starts on Barsk, the home of the Fants. There is skullduggery afoot and the Compact, protecting the planet Barsk, is being systematically violated by no greater villain than their own interplanetary government.
Prejudice is, perhaps, the most deeply flaunted ill illustrated by the book. The author shows both the destructive nature of individual and group prejudice. Resistance against change regardless of it's negative or positive potential is also illustrated.
Schoen provides social commentary in a fictional setting that nevertheless forces one to contemplate issues. If self identity is the linchpin of person, does amnesia lead to personality disintegration? Ponder that!
I recommend this book.
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