Grass by Sheri S. TepperGrass by Sheri S. Tepper

Grass

bySheri S. Tepper

Paperback | March 1, 1993

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“One of the most satisfying science fiction novels I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

Here is a novel as original as the breathtaking, unspoiled world for which it is named, a place where all appears to be in idyllic balance. Generations ago, humans fled to the cosmic anomaly known as Grass. Over time, they evolved a new and intricate society. But before humanity arrived, another species had already claimed Grass for its own. It, too, had developed a culture. . . .

Now, a deadly plague is spreading across the stars. No world save Grass has been left untouched. Marjorie Westriding Yrarier has been sent from Earth to discover the secret of the planet’s immunity. Amid the alien social structure and strange life-forms of Grass, Lady Westriding unravels the planet’s mysteries to find a truth so shattering it could mean the end of life itself.
Sheri S. Tepper (1929–2016) is the award-winning author of A Plague of Angels, Sideshow, Beauty, Raising the Stones, Grass, The Gate to Women's Country, After Long Silence, and Shadow's End. Grass was a New York Times Notable Book and Hugo Award nominee, and Beauty was voted Best Fantasy Novel by the readers of Locus magazine.
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Title:GrassFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:055376246X

ISBN - 13:9780553762464

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Novel Pros: several complex plot lines that all get resolved satisfactorily, interesting characters that develop over the course of the book, detailed world building - for the planet Grass as well as Earth and the rest of the universe (even though the rest of the universe isn't mentioned much) Cons: can't think of any Grass is a planet with no reports of plague victims in a universe of worlds dying of the plague. Lady Marjorie Westriding Yarier and her family are sent by Sanctity, the dominant religion in the universe (though they are old catholics), to see if it really is free of plague, and/or if there is a cure for the plague on the planet. They are chosen because the nobles on Grass ride the hunt, and the Yarier family is good with horses. Unknown to them, the bons ride Hippae, and the Hippae are not horses. They are malevolent creatures with unknown motivations. The green brothers live on Grass, digging up the ruins of a civilization that died out centuries before. A race that may have died of the plague. There are a lot of politics and a lot of revelations you won't be prepared for. It's a creepy novel at some parts, a tragic one at others. It is well worth the read.
Date published: 2010-01-20