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What the community says about The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
- "The Dispossessed is an excellent literary work on how one person sets about to make significant change on, not only his planet, but for his sister planet as well. I read this not knowing what to expect, but found myself drawn into Shevek and his ideologies. I kept reading this, intrigued at what would happen next. There were some slow points to the book, but in the end, I was not let down."
- "I don't usually like stories with flashbacks (thankfully, the flashbacks are chronological), but this is one where the technique really pays off. Two planets rotate around each other, one has a rich biosphere and lacks many resources while the other is barely able to produce enough food for a rather small population, but is rich in resources the other planet needs. The former planet has a strict authoritarian government and unlimited luxuries for the rich and rather austere lives for the poor who have no freedom at all. This contrasts with the austere second planet where everyone is at least theoretically free in a human/computer organized anarchy, but some people manage to have more power than others despite a system that should not favour anyone over another (everyone usually works together for the common good)."
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in What are the best fantasy novels"Ursula Le Guin is one of the most amazing science fiction writers of our time, and that fact is evident in "The Dispossessed". This book is set in a world so unlike our own, but also is so relevant in our current society. Plus, its a fun fantasy read that transported me away- I had to make myself put it down at times so that I wouldn't stay up all night!"
- "I love science fiction, I'm pretty well read in the field. A great sci-fi book that features feminist themes is The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle). This is a modern classic in the sci-fi field and it's good to read if you want some women power with your future alien worlds. "
- "This book wasn't what I expected to come up when I was looking for books on totalitarianism, but I'm not sorry it did. The Dispossessed is a fantastic science-fiction novel that includes a society that functions without freedom. It isn't a scholarly, educational look at totalitarian rule, but it is an intriguing one that you can learn from while enjoying it."
- "This book is the fifth in the series but a flashback, so I read this one first per recommendation of some fans. The series is interesting with some thoughtful concepts of challenges of creating a utopian society and what it takes to keep it. The book drags on at point and could be shorter. Overall I enjoyed it and will continue the series."
- "The Dispossessed is Ursula Le Guin at her best. She builds a fully immersive planet that feels completely real due to a great amount of detail and world-building. I like how this book so effectively uses allegory to make political points about our own lives on earth."
- "Over the years, I think I've read everything that Ursula Le Guin has written. I started reading her books when I was a kid, and then read more of these titles when my daughter was growing up. She's just a smart author whose work stands the test of time. Well, if you put in some effort. This book does take some work, and it was harder for a young reader to understand (the cold war is no more). So, be aware that it might be a bit of a challenge for a reader who doesn't know/share all of that history. That said, it's by Le Guin - so even if it's not the easiest book of hers to read, it's still a good one. "