By Ursula K. Le Guin
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152057701, 512pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.
Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
"As in Gifts and Voices, Le Guin''s storytelling talents and dry humor shine through in Powers, leavening the somberness of its theme: the nature of power, both individual and collective, liberating and oppressive. After a gifted young house slave''s sister is killed, he is propelled into a quest for a better life and ''a freedom we could not imagine.'' Gav''s homecoming, to a place not his home, is genuinely moving."
* “This followup to Gifts (2004) and Voices (2006) may be the series’ best installment. . . . . Told with shimmering lyricism, this coming-of-age saga will leave readers as transformed by the power of words as is Gav himself. . . . Le Guin’s fans have ample reason to hope that the author may be building toward a fantasy cycle as ambitious in scope as her beloved chronicles of Earthsea.” (starred review)
* “Le Guin uses her own prodigious power as a writer to craft lyrical, precise sentences, evoking a palpable sense of place and believable characters. This distinguished novel belongs with its predecessors in all young adult collections.” (starred review)