The Galaxy Game

The Galaxy Game

Book - 2015
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"In this new novel, Rafi, a student at a school for super-human psychic abilities, travels the universe with an intergalactic sports team, encountering strange new worlds and alien cultures. Lord's bold new vision of 21st-century science fiction has appeal to both devoted genre fans and readers of literary fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
"Karen Lord is one of today's most brilliant young talents. Her science fiction, like that of predecessors Ursula K. Le Guin and China Mieville, combines star-spanning plots, deeply felt characters, and incisive social commentary. With The Galaxy Game, Lord presents a gripping adventure that showcases her dazzling imagination as never before. On the verge of adulthood, Rafi attends the Lyceum, a school for the psionically gifted. Rafi possesses mental abilities that might benefit people. or control them. Some wish to help Rafi wield his powers responsibly; others see him as a threat to be contained. Rafi's only freedom at the Lyceum is Wallrunning: a game of speed and agility played on vast vertical surfaces riddled with variable gravity fields. Serendipity and Ntenman are also students at the Lyceum, but unlike Rafi they come from communities where such abilities are valued. Serendipity finds the Lyceum as much a prison as a school, and she yearns for a meaningful life beyond its gates. Ntenman, with his quick tongue, quicker mind, and a willingness to bend if not break the rules, has no problem fitting in. But he too has his reasons for wanting to escape. Now the three friends are about to experience a moment of violent change as seething tensions between rival star-faring civilizations come to a head. For Serendipity, it will challenge her ideas of community and self. For Ntenman, it will open new opportunities and new dangers. And for Rafi, given a chance to train with some of the best Wallrunners in the galaxy, it will lead to the discovery that there is more to Wallrunning than he ever suspected. and more to himself than he ever dreamed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
ISBN: 9780345534071
Branch Call Number: SF LORD
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 04, 2018

I would suggest reading Best of all Possible Worlds before this book; it may seem like a standalone story, but it will make more sense to readers to read them in close succession. I did find Galaxy Game to be confusing at times, there is a lot going on that I couldn’t really grasp, with the various worlds, their unique inhabitants, and histories.

ChristchurchLib Feb 04, 2016

Confined to the Lyceum, a residential school for the psi-gifted adolescents of the planet Cygnus Beta, Rafi Abowen Delarua is surrounded by authority figures who distrust him even as they attempt to exploit his talents. Bereft of home and family, Rafi's only refuge is Wallrunning, a high-stakes game requiring speed, agility, and adaptation to gravitational fluctuations. It may also be Rafi's best hope of escaping his situation. However, what initially appears to be a fun athletic activity is gradually revealed to have great intergalactic significance. Fans of author Karen Lord's previous novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, will appreciate cameo appearances from that novel's characters, as well as an expansion of its predecessor's detailed world-building.
Science Fiction newsletter January 2016


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