Genre: science fiction
Length: 218 pages
Setting: various planets, far future
Interest: I pick the book up at a used book store. I had never heard of it, but I figured I was safe with Isaac Asimov.
Summary: Biron Farrill thinks he’s about to be assassinated by the ruling Tyranni. To save himself, he goes to Rhodia and throws himself on the mercy of their ruler. Before being turned over to the Tyranni, he escapes and attempts to find a revolt world. Ultimately, he gets the girl and finds a safe haven.
Final thoughts: I could tell this book was written in the early days of science fiction. Not because of dated technology – that was fine. More because of dated male-female interactions. Biron always wanted to control Artemisia and Artemisia was helpless and afraid in several key situations. I did appreciate the fact that the important, subversive document they were searching for all along was the Constitution.
Technically this is the first book in the Galactic Empire series, although it is set significantly before the next book in the series, Pebble in the Sky.
Title comes from: A poem Biron quoted early in the book when he first went into space
Reading challenges fulfilled: none because this is a review of a book read in a previous year
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