{5/5} “Uri had been in an army, but I had been in a war. Soldiers win victories, but civilians merely survive, if they are lucky and clever. That can be enough, but the civilians may hate both sides, and I did. I had left Earth to escape them all, every side in every war.”

Semiosis by Sue Burke, published in 2018

Because of environmental degradation on Earth, a group of people headed out to a new planet that they called Pax. A few tragedies occurred during landing including the destruction of their food synthesizer. Now they’re on their new planet and a fruit that they had previously eaten had killed 3 of them. Octavo, the group’s botanist, has to figure out what’s going on.

It’s about what happens when evolution has a lot of time, and what happens when children realize their parents have been lying. It’s about life on a new planet, and dealing with beings who are very different from you.

Burke successfully created a point-of-view character unlike any other — a sentient plant.

It’s brilliant — be ready to read the sequel as well.

This is the 1st book I’ve read by Burke.

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