Earth is a used up, toxic wasteland that is literally falling apart. The last humans in existence are stranded on the moon in a tiny facility that won't last much longer. In order to make sure that humanity will survive, a small ship of colonists is launched to the only known planet with any chance of successfully supporting us after some extensive modification.
Now, centuries after this initial colonization, the remnants of the advanced societies of Earth are just a shabby collection of nations living with medieval technologies and fighting over fertile farming lands. In the midst of this is young Leland de Laal, youngest son of one of the ruling families, climbs a forbidden peak and discovers the last of the imprinters, a glass helmet that embeds the collective knowledge of Earth in the mind of the bearer.
After Leland wears the Helm, he realizes he knows things he didn't know before and is starting to become a completely different person. Abruptly he is thrown into the war between and within alliances, but now he knows that the stakes are more than just territorial claims. The existence of all of humanity depends on him.
Gould's story is certainly an original and entertaining read. The characters are slightly shallow and the plot is corny at points, but for some reason I always go back to this book when I'm looking for something light and entertaining. Definitely a fun read for sci-fi/fantasy fans.
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Jun 15, 2010
Jul 11, 2010 12:21 PM UTC
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