Selection by J.Z. Colby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“We will often get to do wonderful things.” (page 281)
Selection is the third book of Nebador series where we read an important passage in the life of Ilika’s students: he decides about who will become his ship’s crew. The choice comes without many troubles, because it is expected so by the students.
The Ilika’s ‘brand new’ crew stops learning pedibus scarpantibus and the sky becomes the classroom.
“The whole universe is like a huge college, and everyone is always learning new things.” (page 77)
So from the sky comes the northern light or aurora borealis teaching to the students an universal law: humankind as infinitesimal part of the universe, although wonderful things are waiting for us.
Eventually a mention to Tera, the donkey: “Tera’s heart beat a little faster deep in her chest from all the attention and kind words. She sensed that some kind of change was about to happen to her people, but didn’t know what or why. However, she clearly felt drops of water fall onto her thin summer coat during that hour, and knew it wasn’t raining.” (page 150)
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