Ursula K. Le Guin
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This is the second book in Le Guin's "The Western Shore" young adult trilogy. I liked it a lot better than the first book. I particularly liked the premise, that one nation has invaded a major city and tried to force its religious beliefs on the subjugated people. Specifically, the invaders have banned reading and writing, forcing the people into illiteracy. The book says a lot about intolerance and slavery. It features a seventeen-year-old girl as the main character and I thought she was marvelous. It also has the two main characters from the first book, although you don't have to read the first book to get this one. It's nearly a stand-alone novel. After reading this one, I'm really looking forward to the final book, which won the Nebula award for Best Novel in 2008.

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