Aug 28, 2019JLMason rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
In the near future, “hippies” leave an increasingly unliveable Earth to found a commune on another planet, where lack of metal limits them to a low tech agrarian society. Over multiple generations, the idealistic colonists make a home and survive only by working with the planet’s flora and fauna in cooperative and symbiotic relationships. The book explores human-alien and inter-species communication in different forms. (China Mieville’s Embassytown did it better.) Imagining how a plant might think and communicate was well told. It also asks if killing a sentient being can ever be warranted and looks at the need for different types of leadership in different circumstances.