Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin

“Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin (Hainish Cycle #2)

After finishing Hainish Cycle #1, Rocannon’s World, I decided to keep on going and read #2. In this one, we find some advanced people who have been stranded on another world inhabited by two other less technologically advanced people’s. This should sound familiar to those that read Rocannon’s World.

I found this book more exciting and engaging than Rocannon’s World. The relationships between the characters were more believable, and the whole situation had more tension. A brief summary of the plot: the exiles are in their city close to another tribe of people. These two cities are threatened by a ‘barbarian’ type of people coming south to attack them. The long winter is also approaching.

Le Guin sure likes having people exiled far away from home. Many of her books deal with an advanced civilization on a world with less advanced peoples.

I enjoyed the little romance between people, and how that affected the politics of the ‘war’ approaching. The ending was appropriately left a bit open-ended, but you can feel where things are headed.

As far as the Hainish Cycle is concerned, this book has revived my interest in continuing to read through this series. Another positive for the series is that the books are all relatively short. I don’t know about you, but these days I find it difficult to concentrate on long books.

Rating: ★★★★

Book #9 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #BookReview #UrsulaKLeGuin #HainishCycle #aliens #war #winter”,

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