Jul 08, 2019JCLChrisK rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Humans have been domesticating plants and animals for as long as we can remember. It's the only way we know how to live. So imagine a group of cosmic colonists in search of a new home finding a strange, lush planet with sentient plants adapted to domesticating their animals. The fruit, for instance, that was safe to eat yesterday is poisonous today as part of training the proper animal behavior. Survival will depend upon learning to communicate, figuring out how to connect so roles and relationship can be negotiated, both between the colonists and with the plants (and animals) around them.
The book has numerous human narrators--plus one plant--over the course of seven generations, as readers follow the evolution of the small group and their world, exploring just what sentience, communication, symbiosis, mutualism, and pacificism entail. It's a fascinating and engaging story.