The Highest Frontier

The Highest Frontier

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One of the most respected writers of hard SF, it has been more than ten years since Joan Slonczewski's last novel. Now she returns with a spectacular tour de force of the college of the future, in orbit. Jennifer Ramos Kennedy, a girl from a rich and politically influential family (a distant relation descended from the famous Kennedy clan), whose twin brother has died in an accident and left her bereft, is about to enter her freshman year at Frontera College.

Frontera is an exciting school built with media money, and a bit from tribal casinos too, dedicated to educating the best and brightest of this future world. We accompany Jenny as she proceeds through her early days at school, encountering surprises and wonders and some unpleasant problems. The Earth is altered by global warming, and an invasive alien species called ultraphytes threatens the surviving ecosystem. Jenny is being raised for great things, but while she's in school she just wants to do her homework, go on a few dates, and get by. The world that Jenny is living in is one of the most fascinating and creative in contemporary SF, and the problems Jenny faces will involve every reader, young and old.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765329561
0765329565
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Slonczew Joan 09/2011
Characteristics: 443 p. ;,25 cm.

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athena14
Apr 28, 2012

I gave up on this book after 85 pages. Poor Jenny goes to college in space, only to be hounded by her helicopter parents, celebrity TV news, and enough critters to cause me claustrophobia.

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miss_kris
Mar 08, 2012

I put off reading this at first, because neither the cover art or the title really grabbed me. Once I started it, I was hooked! It has a bit of a YA feel, with a young girl going off to college. The book has nice details, like the tax system that is entirely gambling based (the government takes the house share). It was a lot harder SF than I expected from the cover, and I really enjoyed it! Give it a try; this book is a hidden gem.

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