Fifth Earth had indeed been a member of the League. However, an alien species had blockaded the wormholes, preventing any spacecraft but their own from passing through it. This isolated the Eight Worlds from each other. The eight colonized planets underwent technical and social regression. On Fifth Earth, this calamity was remembered as the Sundering of the Worlds, a punishment sent by the Infinite to sinful humanity. Moreover, efforts to terraform Fifth Earth had indifferent results, resulting in the extinction of many of the First Earth animals and the death of many colonists, including some with highly necessary technical skills.
Our planet regressed by far the most into the past.
The first hundred Standard Years of isolation were enough to plunge us into an early Iron Age despotism, the Kingdom of Danallo, built upon slave labor of subjugated peoples. The scientific method was forgotten. Beasts of burden provided energy. Information was processed with a quill pen. The rusting artifacts of First Earth technology were worshiped as sacred relics.
Since that time, Fifth Earth history has reenacted with some variations the history of First Earth. During twenty-three Standard Centuries of isolation, we passed through slavery, theocracy, feudalism, formation of rival nation-states, and industrialization. In Danallo, the oldest of the states, the form of government passed from Kingdom to Republic to an Empire without an Emperor.
The Empire flourished in an age of violence, tyranny, and wastage of life unparalleled in our history, though not in that of First Earth. The score was tied. Less than a minute remained on the clock. Peb dribbled the ball downcourt and saw Narkeedi ahead of her, poised to spring at the goal.
Zel was climbing to her feet at the opposite wall of the court. Peb pumped the ball toward Narkeedi. She went sprawling on the hardwood floor. Peb leaped to her feet. Her eyes, fixed on the loose ball, took in two images. The ball caroming off the side wall of the court. Fendi and other fans pounding the other side of the wall with their fists. The ball bounced off the end wall near the goal, but high off the floor. Narkeedi sprang for it.
It bounced off her fingertips. She scrambled for it. So did a short, heavily-muscled Invader with 4 on the back of her padded halter. Narkeedi slammed a hand down, knocking it to the floor. Narkeedi caught it on the bounce, and charged for the hoop. Thirty-eight seconds, but time enough! The main character, Peb, was likable and believable, but I think the back story for this particular dystopian novel would have been a lot more fun than gang wars.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Sports loving Peb has a hard life. The planet's been involved in a war for almost as long as she can remember.
Discarded Faces - Kindle edition by Betty Cross. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. "Discarded Faces" is set in the Empire of Danallo on Fifth Earth, a futuristic science-fictional dystopia resembling a cross between George Orwell s Oceania and.
The government is repressive and the war weaponry, including the use of bacterial bombs is truly frightening. Plus Peb must keep her love, fellow courtball player Zel a secret, as it's a crime to have a same-sex partner in this society. As a cover, she dates a guy named Balk, who she's friendly with, but not attracted to, and this deception plagues her.
Cross creates a fresh world here, filled with sporty, determined courtball players and bands of teens who form gangs to make sense of their harsh, oppressive world. Inventive worldbuilding fits the gritty society. Zel's mother works in a league of professional courtesans, Peb works at a munitions plant putting guns together and the Thwaasians, resident aliens work as janitors, which is reminiscent of the metics of ancient Greece.
At first, Peb and her friends are mainly interested in hanging out, but eventually they join the resistance and up their game from courtball to working to better the society. Eventually, though, Peb's guilt over how she's using Balk gets the best of her. Will she come clean to him? You have to read Discarded Faces to find out. There is a learning curve with all of the tongue-twisting names of people and places, but overall, this is a fresh take on dealing with repression a la and other political dystopias.
Recommended for older teens and new adults.