Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children--fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates--whom it has created from its genetic banks.
To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship's protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers--and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race--themselves?
Praise for EARTHSEED: * ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection, 1983* Booklist Young Adult Reviewer's Choice selection, 1983* NYPL Books for the Teen Age selection, 1984 * "A melding of the psychological and the high adventure story, this gripping, emotion-evoking narrative is the first young adult novel by the author of Watchstar and other adult science fiction."--Starred review, Booklist on Earthseed * "The story is thought-provoking and full of odd surprises."--School Library Journal on Earthseed * "This fascinating novel is very reminiscent of the better Heinlein juveniles (particularly Tunnel in the Sky)...a very impressive novel....should not be overlooked."--SF Chronicle on Earthseed