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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Science Fiction Novel The Eye of the Heron

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Eye of the Heron. This science fiction novel became published in the year 1978 and interestingly, it was at first published in a science fiction anthology Millenial Women.

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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Genre: Science fiction, utopia, Dystopian fiction, social science fiction, feminist science fiction

Pages: 208

Good reads rating: 3.72 of 5

My Ratings: 6.8 of 10

Published: 1978 (First Publication)

Publisher:  Tor Books; Reissue edition (September 11, 2018)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Eye of the Heron

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The Eye of the Heron

The author based the science fiction novel of The Eye of the Heron on a story set in a fictional planet named Victoria. The time of this story is in the 22nd Century during a speculative future. During this event, the colonisation on this planet is as old as a century. The inhabitants also do not have any contact with the people of Earth. Luz, the heroine of the novel, is a young woman. The story, however, narrates using a third person. While reading the book, the readers receive a perspective from distinct and various characters in the novel. Although this novel presents the prose style of Ursula K. Le Guin still they consider it as her trivial novel.

Heron is basically a fictional animal who lives on the planet Victoria. This animal has some superficial similarities to that of the Earth Heron, as stated by early colonists of the planet. The encounter of characters with this animal happens only during the moments of significant introspection, especially when they are meditating and contemplating about aliens and their differences with humans.

Final Say on the Science Fiction Novel The Eye of the Heron

Although it is a minor novel, it surely is worth the read. The author describes the story using a unique and interesting approach. The novel receives my rating of 6.8 out of 10 because it could have covered many more details to make it a little more elaborative. Readers who enjoy longer length books may feel a bit disappointed. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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