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Martyn Godfrey.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic-Tab Publishing, 1984.
142pp., paper, $2.95.
ISBN 0-590-71224-1. CIP.

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Science fiction.

Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14

Reviewed by Susan Radcliffe.

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

"How can a species capable of building such a thing, be at the same time, so like the animals, with no sense of justice or pride?" So speaks Darsa, a girl of about fourteen, newly-made warhunter of the Diljug on the planet Jancan. She and her tribe are fighting for the survival of their lands and race against the encroachment of Terran progress. Terrans are humans and the Diljug are a native tribe with golden skin, ancient customs, and values that the humans despise as primitive and animalistic.

Except for the space-age weaponry and gadgetry, the story could chronicle the stand of any native people against the imperialist, colonialist attitudes of any would-be conqueror race. Its characters are the solitary heroine, standing up for the old values, the conciliator trying to adapt his people to the new ways, and the bully who must win at all costs. Its themes are native pride, revenge, and the questionable value of material progress.

This novel with Darsa and drugsticks would provide an interesting comparison to Brave New World with John the Savage and soma. It could also be used for supplementary reading in a Native Peoples course. Its simple style and plot will appeal most to the intermediate grades.

Susan Radcliffe, Centennial C.V.l., Guelph, ON.
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