Warchild by Karin LowacheeWarchild by Karin Lowachee


byKarin Lowachee

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 2002

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Karin Lowachee's debut novel is the engrossing story of a young boy's coming of age amid interstellar war, a riveting saga in the tradition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.

The merchant ship Mukudori encompasses the whole of eight-year-old Jos's world, until a notorious pirate destroys the ship, slaughters the adults, and enslaves the children. Thus begins a desperate odyssey of terror and escape that takes Jos beyond known space to the home of the strits, Earth's alien enemies.

To survive, the boy must become a living weapon and a master spy. But no training will protect Jos in a war where every hope might be a deadly lie, and every friendship might hide a lethal betrayal. And all the while he will face the most grueling trial of his life... becoming his own man.
Karin Lowachee was born in Guyana, South America and moved to Toronto, Canada when she was two. Before her foray into fantasy, she wrote three highly-acclaimed science fiction novels - Warchild, Burndive, and Cagebird. Warchild won the Warner Aspect First Novel Award and Cagebird won the 2006 Gaylactic Spectrum Award and the Prix ...
Title:WarchildFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.25 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446610771

ISBN - 13:9780446610773

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warchild Excellent space opera action-adventure about a young orphan that finds himself becoming a part of an alien world with all its customs and rituals. Add an interspecies war and it's a great coming of age science fiction.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I ever read Jos is such a compelling character because he is a combination of the author extensive research into the psychological trauma victims of violence suffer through everyday. I hope this series gets turned into a tv series
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! I read this quite a few years ago, yet it still remains as my number one favourite book! This is one of those science fiction books that is NOT a light read. This is a heavy, yet oddly addictive, read. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Without giving too much away - Jos Musely's life, going from living with his parents, to being kidnapped by a pirate captain, and then being kidnapped by the "enemy" is a story that just pulls you in. This is the type of story that sticks with you. Read it. Read it now.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done character driven psychological sci fi I read 'Burndive' by this author earlier, and wanted to nab this earlier title. It was just as good as 'Burndive,' in that the characters were rich, the galaxy very strongly detailed, and the conflicts both interesting and plausible. The storyline is one of abused trusts - when a young boy named Jos survives the slaughter of most of his spaceship, he is taken by a pirate, and basically raped and abused for a year of his life, with the pirate's attempt to turn Jos into the perfect companion and tool. Jos manages to escape, only to be taken in by the enemies of mankind, aliens (and those few traitorous humans who empathise with them). There, Jos is enfolded into the arms of the assassin-leader of the sympathizers, and learns to feel good in a culture that seems gentle and caring and compassionate by comparison. And when he, too, is trained to defend this way of life, he is asked by the man he trusts the most to go undercover among the human soldiers and act as a spy. Jos's feelings and confusion over his loyalties are very evocative - he finds people to love on all sides of the three-way-war, and his intense mental control, in direct contrast to his inability to handle his own reflection (and rarely being able to tolerate even a caring touch) make him a remarkably well written character that evokes reader empathy. I, for one, can't wait for the next Lowachee.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best New Sci Fi Author! Warchild by Karin Lowachee is by far the best science fiction book that I have read in years. From page one the main protagonist, Jos Musey, captured not only my attention but my empathy, and continued to hold both throughout the book. Ms. Lowachee's writing is exceptional - fast paced and filled with imagery, with a particular talent for capturing just the right ambiance for the major scenes in the book. Aside from the strong main character, the book is filled with a host of top-notch supporting roles, all of whom are fleshed out in such a way that you the reader wants to know more about them. Add to that the well thought out universe and political situations, and you have an incredibly vibrant and realistic novel that becomes unputdownable. I very highly recommend “Warchild” to not just science fiction fans , but to anyone who enjoys fast-paced novels with strong characterizations. It is notable to add that Karin Lowachee is a Canadian author and that this is her debut novel.
Date published: 2005-08-30

Editorial Reviews

"Warchild is a remarkable and powerful first novel. Well-written, with realistic characters, crystal-clear alien cultures, and compelling moral choices. An outstanding debut."-Kevin J. Anderson, Coauthor of Dune: House Corrino