The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

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The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.
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  • Susan Fisher
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "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."
  • Pamela Wright
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I've read all the books in the Hainish Cycle series, and have to say that The Dispossessed is the best yet. Ursula Le Guin's gift for description and character development really shines. I also bought a copy for my son, who is heavily into her writing."
  • Amy James
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This is a novel that I will recommend for anyone, is about your career and giving up your family."
  • Wu Han
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Le guin did a great job on this book! My only complaint is it can be long winded but is a beautiful book nonetheless."
  • Harry Chapman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Dispossessed is a Hugo Award breadwinner. It's an amazing novel that doesn't rewrite the rules but my word is it entertaining."
  • Julia Cox
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Interesting storyline with a larger than life plot. Not the usual hero."
  • Vivaan Dutta
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I've always heard about Le Guin's literary prowess before first reading this book (it was the first one I read from her). Let me just say that those people were absolutely correct. Her writing is one-of-a-kind and you will not be disappointed."
  • Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The best science fiction book is Hyperion. The book is beautiful written, the story is incredible and immersive, and the scifi elements are so wonderfully done. The book is written from the viewpoint of 7 different people."
  • Ann Gu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "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)."
  • Samantha Jordan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "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!"
  • Kyle Phillips
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "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. "
  • Doris Reid
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "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."
  • Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A fantastic story of humanities future by one of the master's of science fiction. A memorable story, that has stayed with me for quite some time. One of her best in my opinion."
  • Louis Lewis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "What can I really say about Ursula Le Guin? She was an absolute legend in the fantasy and science fiction genres. There were a ton of great science fiction books that came out in the 20th century, but I believe that Ursula Le Guin deserves a place near the top. "
  • Wayne Wagner
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I think this is an ok solution. The book has a good rating but I feel there are better books mentioned. "
  • Roger Hopkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely recommend it."
  • Alexander Hernandez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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."
  • Doris Price
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is another great book by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a great science fiction book that will make you take heart and think about things a little more. It does have some interesting twists and turns that will be throughly enjoyed by an reader."
  • Emma Silva
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "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."
  • Harini Verma
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "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. "
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