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Raamo, at thirteen, had rarely doubted the wisdom of the Ol-zhaan, the unquestioned rulers of the Green-Sky planet. Yet, after he had been chosen to become an Ol-zhaan, he made surprising discoveries and was exposed to dangers different form any he had envisioned. The world of Green-Sky was not what he and the Kindar people had thought. This science fiction fantasy was firRaamo, at thirteen, had rarely doubted the wisdom of the Ol-zhaan, the unquestioned rulers of the Green-Sky planet. Yet, after he had been chosen to become an Ol-zhaan, he made surprising discoveries and was exposed to dangers different form any he had envisioned. The world of Green-Sky was not what he and the Kindar people had thought. This science fiction fantasy was first published in 1975 and is the first book of the "Green-Sky Trilogy," It was a Junior Library Guild selection that became the basis for the video game, "Below The Root,"...

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Below the Root Reviews

  • mark monday
    2018-10-30 17:22

    a little bird, a little boy, flitting through the trees; thrust upon him is a mantle of authority. to flit no more! roles taken to provide meaning, shelter, a shield: the world of Green Sky. denizens: beware of what lies below the root: there be dragons! or knowledge. or the past, a history buried. or an underclass, perhaps, striving to meet the sky!a children's classic, of sorts. first published in 1975. shades of The Giver. a simple tale of friendship and growing up. a complex tale of myths and lies and mysteries upon mysteries. an introduction to revolution, for the little ones.gossamer prose; steely ideas. oh what a tangled web adults may weave!I tried describing the book to friends. their reactions were predictable. like so:

  • Wendy
    2018-11-06 01:18

    This is the first book in The Greensky trilogy that just absolutely made my mind soar as a child and can still touch my heart as an adult. A group of people inhabit the tree tops called Kindar. They are vegetarians and float from branch to branch using glider packs called Shubas. Some are gifted with powers. The power of teleportation and telekenesis (called kiniport in the books), the power to make trees grow (called grunsprek), and the power to read minds (called pensing). These children are ushered into a special school who are a part of a religious cult, the sole purpose of whom are to keep the Kindar safe from the evil creatures lurking beneath the ground, the Erdlings. A young acolyte questions his orders and finds his world turned upside down when he realizes the Erdlings are not the monsters he's been led to believe.A story about religion and politics and social standing where children need to question their elders and question the rules that guide their society. A wonderful read that can open minds and teach that absolute obedience is not always a good thing.

  • Nicholas
    2018-11-07 20:43

    This was the first book I ever checked out of the Library. I picked it up purely for the cover, and fell deeply in love with it. A couple of years later I got the Windham Classics video game as a birthday gift, and fell in love with the world all over again, but I came to it already loving the world of Green-Sky.[Review contains minor to significant spoilers!]Some people reviewing this book and its sequels recently have criticized their originality and called out their trope of human colonists living a low tech and agrarian lifestyle built on social views popular in the sixties and seventies, who discover the same cultural issues led them to leave earth in the first place and must confront the true origins and technology of their historical founders. Ground that has been covered by Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, and others from books to cartoons to Star Trek episodes over the last few decades. Let's be clear here, these books were written in the early 70s and were trope-building. This is where some of those ideas came from.Children's Literature is often earnest and slightly obvious in it's themes, and that is appropriate for books aimed at developing intellects. It seems odd to criticize a book for not having a level of character or thematic complexity that would be discouraging to its target audience.The world-building here is first rate. The characters are well drawn within the confines of the world they inhabit, and the storytelling mechanism was original (or at least unusual) for its time.This is a book (and a series) about social themes, personal responsibility, and taking on the mantle of responsibility for ourselves and the society we are a part of as we grow up. The characters begin with simplistic views about good and bad, right and wrong, and what it means to obey they rules.Watching the characters discover the realities of oppression, deception by government for the perpetuation of government, and the complicity of those who are ruled accepting negative things happening to others for the sake of the status quo was astounding as an eight-year-old. These are heady concepts, and they were handled deftly at the intellect level of children.The issues faced by the characters defy simple fixes, and have lasting consequences for themselves and the people that they care about. Lessons about moral and ethical choices, loyalty to friends and societies (and the conflicts between those things), and what happens AFTER we do the "right" thing and who it affects are all lasting lessons that I'm very glad to have discovered in these books.I can't really recommend Below the Root and its sequels highly enough, and I hope that these classics of children's literature return to print and library shelves. They are timeless, and as a parent of children in the target age group, I haven't found anything better to introduce to my kids.

  • J L's Bibliomania
    2018-11-10 19:21

    Rereading a beloved childhood favorite as an adult is always risky.I read Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and its sequels over and over and over again as a voracious young SF lover in the early 80’s (and surprisingly was oblivious to the computer game based on the same world). At the time, I was fascinated by the ability of Raamo to read minds, or at least emotions, and swept along by the idea of gliding through the treetops. I was totally immersed in the immediate events and not too concerned by the larger moralizing of the story. Re-reading as an adult, I keep being struck by the parallels to The Giver.> The attempt to create a utopia free of violence and pain> A small group of privileged elites who know the secret> That these elites commit violence to maintain the innocence of the masses> The protagonist being chosen to join the eliteNow these items are very common in utopia/dystopia stories, but the similarity is easy to find. When reading as a child, the many made up words used to create the foreign world of Green Sky, pense instead of telepathy, nid for home-place bower, Ol-zhaan for the priest class, just were accepted without thought. Reading as an adult, the way the wonderfully detailed world is described feels a bit dated and I wasn’t sure that the made-up words added value. Reading as a child, I was also oblivious to certain other details that just jumped out at me this time around, such as the specifics of the special medicine taken the youth halls and what exactly was alluded to by people sharing “close communion.”Reading today, the minimal character development is grating to my adult eyes. It’s hard to decide if it is intentional because Ms. Snyder was writing for a younger audience or if the much shorter book length in 1975 just didn’t allow the space for the complex internal dialog that we have become accustomed to. But despite the flaws that my adult eyes see, I wish that Below the Root is better known and more widely read.My memory is that I always preferred the middle book in the trilogy And All Between best. I do intend to continue re-reading to see if that holds, since I was able to pick up all 3 volumes as free ebooks during a big “sale” last year.

  • Sarah Jacquie
    2018-11-01 01:17

    I fell in love with the world of Green Sky when I was only 3 years old. Sounds preposterous, but it's true. I sat watching my dad play the Commodore game by Windham Classics for hours, and hours. By the time I was 4-5 I could beat it myself by memory - but I always would call him at work if I forgot how to load the game (Load "*", 8, 1) hahaha. When I was old enough, my mom told me the game was based on a trilogy - and so it began.These will always be my favorite books, period. It even beat out Alice in Wonderland which was my favorite until I finished Below the Root. I didn't even have to finish the other two - I had already found the books that captured my heart. Neat little fact I became of aware of years later - in the game you can actually hurt people with weapons. I had never tried, and I still haven't. Something I'm proud of to this day. In a letter I received from Zilpha Keatley Snyder, she said she was happy to have created a game where the goal of completion involved no killing.Even my alias of over 15 years reflects my love of these books =) I was kindarsky on AOL - until the username character limit was increased and I became kindarspirit forever after. People in real life actually call me kindar which is weird, but I am very used to it now ;)

  • Kristi Thompson
    2018-10-16 22:22

    The Zilpha Keatly Snyder went up the waterspout.... Just had to get that out of my systemBought Below the Root and And All Between for Madison from the used bookshop in Napanee over Christmas, and reread them both while I was there. Wish they'd had Until the Celebration; the trilogy needs an ending.I can't have been much older than Madison when I read them last. 20 years ago? I remembered them vividly. I was a little surprised to find out that they read very much like my memories of them. Often when I reread childhood favourites I find that my imagination filled in details that I remember as if I'd read them, but can't find within the printed pages. Like, well, I can't find an example, but I know it has happened, books that seem so _thin_ on reread.But these were very like. Only my perspectives had changed. An interesting comparison with Pamela Dean's Dubious Hills; both are about societies restructured by some long-ago cabal in an attempt to eliminate the potential for violence. There's an unusual theme..

  • Rose
    2018-11-15 21:45

    I'm assuming the target audience for this book is the 10 to 13 year olds but it is good enough to be enjoyed by adults. I hate to call it sweet, but for a large part that is exactly what it was. Raamo and his people live a peaceful, joyous life in the trees and a lot of the book was the descriptions of this life. It wasn't until we were a fair bit into it that we learned that all wasn't as it seemed with this peaceful existence.This can't really be read as a stand alone - the story just basically stops at a crucial point and you are left wondering what just happened. I checked on the next two installments and figured out that the first is from the viewpoint of the tree-people, the second is from the viewpoint of the people who live underground, and the third is where it all comes together and we finally have a resolution. I would recommend it to people who enjoy books like The City of Ember, The Giver or The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  • Attila
    2018-11-14 17:25

    Read it when I was 13 or so (I think this was the first "serious" book I have read in the English language), then re-read it five years later and found that it did not lose any of its magic. It is about people who live in tree tops on a planet with low gravity and giant trees, with houses and other buildings on the branches. It is a utopian (or rather dystopian?) society led by clerics, where violence and anger is unheard of, more or less as a result of indoctrination.There are stories of fearsome monsters who allegedly inhabit the forest floor, and people are forbidden even to look at the ground. In the end a young and curious boy discovers that the forest floor is inhabited not by monsters, but by people alike them, cast out and banished from their society - and he ends up questioning all he has been taught.

  • Sara
    2018-10-17 18:25

    As a child, this was one of my favorite books. I checked it out several times from the library and knew exactly where it was on the shelf. It's been many years but I still remember the story and think of it when I'm laying in filtered sunshine wondering what it would be like to only get sunshine "below the root".

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-10-21 17:43

    I remember reading this when it first came out. I loved it--my teachers hated it. I really wanted to do a book report presentation on it in speech class, and my teacher really, really didn't want me to--I remember she kept interrupting and criticising to the place I was ready to just quit talking and sit down. At the time I thought it was me; now I think maybe it was the book.Reading it now at over 50, I can see where the off-the-grid vegetarian Utopian society thing would have upset that particular teacher, in our small rural Midwestern conformist town. I can also see the reason for my own fascination with the story, given that my parents were members of an American pseudo christian cult that emphasised "spiritual ministry" to the place that if you hadn't had a marvellous "experience" you tried to make one happen, or pretend it had. "Healing" was a huge deal in my own family, which might explain my fascination with the character of Raamo, the young boy who wants to be a healer but finds himself forced into another ministry in the Greensky community. He's pleased to be Chosen, but wonders why he can't do what he's good at.The Snyder Houserules for a Utopian Society1. Hide your real thoughts and emotions from others at all times, particularly if you are a "spiritual leader".2. Practice self-hypnosis with song and meditation.3. Drug the emotions you can't control by ingesting mildly hallucinogenic fruits, which are addictive (of course) and cause "wasting".4. Live in denial of anything wrong in your world. Avoid anything unpleasant; sing and dance it away, and remind yourself how lucky you are to be safe.5. Fill your days with imposed rituals to create false "positive" emotions to replace the ones you're hiding.6. When you realise you don't have a "gift", practice "illusion" (deception) to cover your personal failings. But feel disgraced, because you are! To respond to this negative emotion, see 1-5.Don't you just wanna go live there? *sarcasm* Looking back it didn't surprise me to discover that the author was California born and bred; this is the quintessential seventies counterculture sludge that gave birth to the "New Age" (sameold Age of Aquarius) of the eighties and nineties. No wonder my teacher hated it. Snyder's fantasy world uses words that are obvious linguistic borrowings from European languages, particularly Germanic ones: the Kindar, the Erdlings, Grundbaum--though there are some French ones as well: "pensing" (a form of mindreading) and "lapans" (little fuzzy bunny-type animals). Then there's "Raamo" himself--a little branch (from the Spanish, ramo) of the old Tree. Snyder also uses the pompous invented vocabulary so dear to the hearts of a certain type of 1970s off-gridder, calling meals "food-taking", etc. How well I remember "nutrition breaks" instead of "snacks"!As books go, I think I see where the beginning of the series behemoth for YA novels began. This is the first of a trilogy, and gave me the impression that perhaps the author wrote all three tomes as one, and realised or was told that YA readers of the time wouldn't read a book 600+ pages long, so it was split up. That might explain why the end of this volume is simply chopped off in mid-conversation--which annoyed me then, and annoyed me even more now. It's cheating. I found myself skimming through the last chapter, hoping to get to the chase--and there wasn't one. As a kid I devoured Snyder's books, and enjoyed them. This one is not up to her usual standard of writing. Though I've shelved it under "children" I'm not sure it's really for her usual target audience, even though the protagonists are age 14.The modern edition contains some strange typos, particularly "illusive" (unreal, creating an illusion) instead of "elusive" (quickly disappearing or escaping) which was the word called for by the context. I will probably read the other two, just to find out what happened. I remember reading part, or possibly all, of vol 2, but I think vol 3 was unavailable to me at the time.

  • Jen
    2018-11-13 01:41

    I had never heard of this book or this series or even this author until a good friend of mine mentioned doing her zillionth re-read of this beloved piece of her childhood. Since of course I needed to understand her book love, she loaned me this first volume and I settled in for a discovery.I despaired, at first, because it took me a while to get into this. Snyder makes no apologies about her world-building, which is great in the sense that it's very solid and detailed world-building and frustrating in the sense that it took me a minute to figure out what kind of world was actually being built. I also found the characters rather flat at the beginning as they are assembled to create the main set-up necessary for the plot.But then the plot kicks in with a vengeance, and from there I was very interested indeed. I'm glad I stuck with it, because this is a great story of the perils of hiding from fear and the unknown; it's not so much that the plot twists are surprising (although the reality of who the Kindar came from definitely was) because the main plot separation has been used several times since the publication of this. But the imagination and somewhat ethereal nature of this story draw you in almost without you realizing it. It ends up being a bit of a mash-up of "Demolition Man," "Fern Gully," and "Planet of the Apes," except I think it predates all of those (maybe not "Planet").Thing, though: be sure to have the second book nearby for when you finish this. That cliffhanger is fierce.

  • Jlawrence
    2018-11-08 22:37

    I've wanted to read this book for awhile because I had played (but never got very in) the intriguing 8-bit computer game that's based on it. Sadly, seems even just bungling around in that game was a better experience than reading its source material.The world Synder sets up is interesting enough - a science fantasy dealing with a society that lives in giant trees (think somewhere between Ewok and Elvish sophistication of arboreal house-making and living), a society split into the Kindar who glide from tree to tree using worn 'shuba' wings, and the holy Ol-zhaan who rule over them, both of whom possess varying degrees of 'Spirit' powers - telekinetic and telepathic abilities, and then there's the forbidden forest floor, where the monstrous Pash-shan live. Of course, there's secrets behind this societal set-up that our young protagonist must inevitably uncover.But the book is constantly undone by *so* much telling instead of showing - it could almost be used as a textbook case of this. Countless infodumps from the characters and the narrator, especially at every major plot turn, that undo any spell the book could have cast.I am still going to retry the game via emulator, though, to see if it retains any of its magic.

  • Carly
    2018-11-04 22:43

    I just reread this, the first book in an awesome fantasy trilogy for children or young adults. It surprises me that this trilogy has never been that well-known or popular. It deals with serious themes: how a society might choose to rebuild after war and chaos; what happens when a corrupt government exists to sustain itself; how the average person will cling to the status quo, even if that means turning a blind eye to evil actions. There are similarities to The Giver, but this trilogy preceded The Giver by a couple of decades, I think. Actually, there are probably similarities to tons of works -- I'm also thinking of the Fifth Season, which was published last year... and I don't even read much in this genre. This trilogy precedes all of that, maybe even set the standard for addressing these issues. The world-building is top-notch; I've had a clear picture of the Kindar way of life that has stayed with me since I first read the series.

  • Alexandra
    2018-11-08 20:20

    1st in series. Kindle Daily Deal 7/3/14.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-06 17:36

    I enjoyed this beautiful world and these interesting characters :)

  • Kate
    2018-11-08 17:30

    Great storyThis is a fun story! I loved the computer game back in the 80s and always thought it should be a book. I just discovered it was actually part of a series. If you like fantasy, you will love this book !

  • Meg
    2018-11-05 21:20

    For the first half of this book, I would have called it "hippie dystopia." The "Make Love Not War" message came on a bit too strong at times (Did she really need to mention the need for temporary sterility in the youth halls? And does "close communion" mean what I think it means?), but like most dystopian societies (and cults) the happy world of Green Sky is not as joyful as it seems.Like many others I played the video game (on my grandmother's Apple II) and love the treetop world of Green Sky. I was around 8 years old when I found the novel on the shelf of the library, and I eagerly checked it out to have another chance to explore the world I loved from the game. Unfortunately, I never made it past the first chapter. The book went back to the library unread. As an 8-year-old girl, I always played as Pomma and spent hours exploring the branches of the trees more than following the quest. The book took too long to get to its descriptions of Green Sky, and I was too young to understand Raamo's angst.Twenty-five years later I picked up the novel once more. This time it was a return to the world I'd loved as a child, and as the story unfolded my favorite game began to make more sense.Considering the book from a less sentimental perspective, with the popularity of YA dystopia, it suddenly seems almost contemporary. The writing style is slightly dated as the children's and YA mediums have matured in the last few decades. Judging by my 8-year-old reaction, this book would have made a better YA novel than a children's book, and could have benefited from a bit more description and fleshing out of the details. However, I feel like it would still make a good dystopian book for anyone who felt that current YA selections are a bit too graphic for younger readers.The ending is not much of an ending and seems more like a milestone in a longer novel, so I suppose I will have to pick up the next two to finish the story. And I have to admit that I look forward to returning to Green Sky a few more times.

  • Sus
    2018-11-08 17:20

    Like a lot of other people (or so it seems from these reviews!), I played and loved the "Below the Root" video game when I was young. I had never read the books; when I looked them up recently, I was excited to realize that they were written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, a young-adult writer who I remember having creeped me as a child with such subtle and unsettling books as _The Headless Cupid_ and _The Eyes In the Fishbowl_. I've found it both delightful and weird to read _Below the Root_ for the first time as an adult. Weird, because the construction of the novel is so clunky in so many ways. This isn't at all like the subtlety I remember from Snyder's other books -- which I think maybe I should also revisit, to see how they feel to me now. On the other hand, from what I understand Snyder didn't write any other fantasy or science fiction books, so perhaps the information-dumping and failures of psychological subtlety in this book come more from inexperience in a challenging genre than from any general failures of craft or imagination. Also, I understand that Snyder was heavily involved with the video-game adaptation of "Below the Root," which in contrast was extremely nuanced and subtle for its genre.In any case, I found the story gripping and I'm interested in Snyder's approach to the "binarisms" of traditional, or Tolkienian, fantasy. I'm looking forward to reading the two sequels -- in part, I have to admit, because I'm hoping their structure and writing will get smoother as the story progresses.

  • Magali
    2018-10-18 20:38

    Two stars, which is generous. (Strange, because I remember liking The Egypt Game; Snyder missed the mark here, though, badly.) Despite presenting the reader with an interesting world and some potentially fascinating philosophical questions, this book was SO BORING until the last forty pages, in which everything happens. Beyond the major pacing problems, there was the classic issue of telling-not-showing. I had buckets full of unnecessary background information dumped over me like cold water every three pages, which threw me right out of the narrative. I don't know about you, but when my mom reminds me to "remember the Golden Rule," I don't respond with "yes, mother, you're right" followed by a three-page treatise about the history of kindergarten education in my society. This book is clearly intended as a coming of age story about a young person (Raamo) who is selected to join an elite group of decision-makers (Ol-zhaan) and learns terrible secrets about the world in which he lives (secret subjugation of free thinkers). There are many notable books in this subgenre written for the same age group that I would recommend instead (The Giver or Zahrah the Windseeker). Whatever Snyder's intentions, Below the Root reads like a hand-wringing morality play about the dangers of groupthink and standardized tests and how power corrupts. And for a book of only 175 pages, it drags on forever.

  • Kirsten
    2018-10-17 22:38

    This is an enjoyable, if at times somewhat obvious, fantasy novel. It concerns the denizens of a place known as Green Sky. The planet seems to be largely rainforest, and a society of human-like beings known as the Kindar live in the canopy. The Kindar have a utopian society, where it is taboo to speak of or show anger, and where the concept of violence is almost unheard of. The only fear they hold is of the fearsome Pash-shan, creatures that live below the forest floor, where they are trapped by a magical network of roots that imprisons them underground. The Pash-shan have always been blamed for the disappearances of children who fall to the forest floor, and rumor has it that the Root is weakening, and the Pash-shan have started to kidnap adults as well. The Kindar used to have psychic abilities that allowed them to mindspeak, move objects with their minds, and influence the growth of plants, but the old talents have been fading and now only appear in the very young.The setting and concepts in this book are very rich, but the actual storyline and characters aren't handled as deftly as one would hope. In many ways the characters end up feeling like archetypes, or like useful props to stand for a specific idea or personality type, rather than like full-fledged people. Still, this was a diverting read, and I plan to read the two sequels.

  • Kiwi
    2018-10-26 19:17

    My friend handed me this book and told me I HAD to read it. I'm glad she did. Fantasy is my old comfort zone from youth so it is still the genre I take on when I want to snug into a well-worn old cloak. (: This book (and I imagine series) can be added into that list.I love trees and the idea of living in trees, so that was a big plus. The idea of lesser gravity and larger plants was incredibly appealing, as was the idea of these humans who could glide around in the treetops. I loved the focus on Peace and Joy, especially when it was brought up later that the 'grey areas' of humanity still existed.I found myself liking many of the characters and the mystery of the world very much. I find I'm always wishing for more talk of race (I was so excited when a dark-skinned character was mentioned, and a good set-up for clear racism); it wasn't to be so and I've been spoiled by some of the other books I've read.I think some people have complained about the predictability of the plot. I didn't mind, but that may be again due to the comfort of it: I wasn't looking for something new and exciting that would blow my brain out of the water. I liked the familiarity of the plot.All in all, I loved it!

  • Emily
    2018-10-18 00:45

    I loved this book as a kid. A substitute librarian in our town library pointed the trilogy out to me, and I remember checking it out of the library over and over again. Now with 2 kids ages 4 and 6, I sometimes tell them bedtime stories about the people who live in trees, describing how they glide from branch to branch. I still find the idea of living in enormous trees simply magical! So, after months of telling the kids these stories based on the books, I ordered a set of the books from Alibris to refresh my recollection, and got great library editions of Below the Root and And All Between. Unfortunately, the copy of Until the Celebration that arrived is a cheap paperback version without the beautiful drawings that so enchaned me as a child. So, I am going to try to find the third in hardback to complete the collection. I am looking forward to both my kids' reading and enjoying the series (and am re-reading it myself).

  • Mary-Beth
    2018-10-24 20:31

    The first book in this trilogy which is about two groups of people divided by their lifestyles. One group inhabits the trees and another lives underground below The Root.The beings inhabiting the trees are the ones we're concerned with here. A young man is chosen for the elite priesthood of these people and he begins to see the corruption that had occurred among his people. They are well-meaning, intending to eliminate violence from their society, however, they have eliminating all original thought and doomed their people to an eerie peacefulness akin to brain-washing.The message is pretty anvil-to-the-head blatant, and it suffers a bit from the "same darned story told from two different perspectives" syndrome, in that, when you've read one of the stories, you'll find the other a bit less interesting. But it's an intriguing world the author has created and it's worth a read.

  • Emily
    2018-10-27 01:44

    Those suffering from “Hunger Games” withdrawal might find some relief in Green-sky. Snyder creates a futuristic world in which the Kindar live and glide among the trees, never touching the forest floor for fear of the dreaded Pash-shan. Except for this one thing, life is Peaceful and Joyous due to the fact that Earth’s violence has been systematically forgotten over the centuries. But, what are the Pash-shan, really? Is it a good thing to keep everyone in the dark about their origin? Is the vine that keeps the Kindar safe from Pash-shan withering? Our hero will have to find out what secrets are being kept from himself and the rest of his people. This is only the first book of the trilogy, but I am completely hooked.

  • Wendy
    2018-11-06 22:34

    Apparently the popularity of this book and its sequels were attributed to some old school video game. It was recommended to me by a website I can no longer find. Someone did an extensive listing of mostly fantasy books from The Hobbit to current series circa 2000ish.It took me years to find and buy them.So I am saddened to say, I although I enjoyed the first book. (Below the Root, I found the rest of the series And All Between (Green Sky, #2) Until the Celebration (Green Sky, #3) grew tedious by the end.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-07 17:46

    I recently reread this after having read it in junior high. I'd played the Windham Classics game on my C64 often and enjoyed how the game picked up the story's feel without entirely duplicating the plot. My revisit was not disappointing. Snyder creates an excellent utopia in this novel, which is just beginning to unravel at the end of the novel. I like the characters, even the ones of questionable motives, because they're all vulnerable in some ways. Green-Sky is a place I'd like to live, even though I see its faults, too. Can't wait to reread the other two books in the series.

  • Liz
    2018-11-08 22:44

    This book was the basis for a computer game that I played when I was young. Since I was young and didn't fully understand the game, when I found out it was based on a book, I was excited to read it. The book is about two different groups of beings... the ones that lived entirely above ground in giant trees and the ones that lived underground - below the roots. It was an easy read with interesting ties to what could happen when a society's past is covered up. The ending was optimistic, but definitely had more story to be developed, so there are two more books in the series that I plan to read.

  • Diana Welsch
    2018-10-23 17:21

    I read this because the setting, which is a green-skied planet with low gravity where people are small and birdlike and live in trees, appealed to me. Everyone wears a batwing-like garment that allows them to glide gently from branch to branch. It was like living in Myst, only not exactly Myst, but the crazy tree-world in the third Myst game.It was a nice escape. The plot was reminiscent of [Book: The Giver] but without the bleak ending. I was hoping that Raamo would find out that ALL of his society's creation myths were actually false, but that's just my personal politics. :)

  • ambyr
    2018-10-27 20:32

    "Negative emotions are banned, and the government controls resource distribution" could just about be the elevator speech for a modern YA dystopia--but Snyder does it decades earlier, and better. Characterization and motivation are subtly nuanced, and there's enough worldbuilding peeking out behind the edges here to fill an SF doorstopper saga. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this held up to adult reading, and also by the charming illustrations, which I don't think were included in the reprint I read as a child.

  • Chris
    2018-11-15 01:26

    I only read this because, as a child, I was obsessed with the video game made for the Commodore 64 by Windham Classics. Anyone remember it? Anyway, the game was enganging and subtle, with a huge world and non-linear game-play that was grounbreaking for the time. I never even knew there was a book until I was in my 20s, and perhaps I would have liked it more if I had read it as a child. The book was of the same style of 70s fantasy as the animated movie "Wizards" - preachy, obvious, and filled with clunky, hippie ideologies, much like "The Wind Singer", but more dated.