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About This Star Shall Abide:
Noren knew that his world was not as it should be–it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which he had always longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy promised that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy’s fulfillment. But was defiance enough, or could some way be found to make it come true?
This classic YA science fiction novel–Book One of the Children of the Star trilogy–is enjoyed by readers age 13 and up as well as by older teens and adults who go on to read the other two books, Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains and The Doors of the Universe. First published in hardcover by Atheneum, it was the winner of a Christopher Award, given for “affirmation of the highest values of the human spirit.” It appeared in the UK under the title Heritage of the Star.
From the reviews:
“Superior future fiction concerning the fate of an idealistic misfit, Noren, who rebels against his highly repressive society…. The attention of mature sci-fi readers will be held by the skillful writing and excellent plot and character development.” –School Library Journal
“Tension-filled, beautiful and haunting.” –Commonweal
“Both logically and consistently suspenseful…. This Star Will Abide a good deal longer than most here today, gone tomorrow sci-fi.” –Kirkus Reviews
“An excellent plot and remarkable character development make this tale of the future highly satisfying and thought-provoking.” –American Library Association, Top of the News
“This is not the electronic-light-flashing-exterminate-him-thing from outer space type of science fiction. It is an allegory which poses one of the most heart-searching dilemmas of the human race, perhaps in the C. S. Lewis tradition. I mean Perelandra rather than Narnia…. This is a thought-provoking book distantly related to Lord of the Rings and The Glassbead Game, and may appeal to a similar readership.” –The Junior Bookshelf, London
“The story is noteworthy for its dramatization of the crucial meeting of man, science and the universe.” –Horn Book