The Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Dispossessed


Few books fulfill the promise of science fiction as a critique on modern day institutions better than The Dispossessed.

Yes, there's action, drama, and emotion. But those are just decorations. This book is about how society works. It's about Walls and the people who try to tear them down. It's about how free a free society really is, and how the biggest obstacle to that freedom may be ourselves.

The Dispossessed doesn't pull punches. It's not subtle either. There's no cleverly hidden message among the dialogue. The dialogue is the message. There are more speeches in this book than at a college graduation.

Some may shrug and say it's outdated. Some will claim that the book is overblown and full of itself. I'd ask, "How does the idea of freedom become outdated?" Is the book full of itself? Yeah, probably. It knows what it's doing, but it does it well.

You won't find mindless fluff in this book. This book will demand that you THINK about what it's telling you. Isn't that what science fiction is all about?

Read it.

Oh, and Shevek's the boss.