Rite of Passage

Alexei Panshin
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Rite of Passage


Mia lives on a spaceship that held many of the survivors of the self-destruction of earth. Now that most of the survivors have colonized other planets, the relatively small population of the ship maintains its size by limiting births and putting 14 year olds through Trial, a rite of passage where they must live on a colony planet with limited supplies for 30 days. Trial has a significant mortality rate. The spoiled daughter of the Chairman of the ship's Council, Trial forces Mia to reevaluate her father, her peers, her instructors, and her parochial moral values. While not specifically a YA novel, this book feels like an ancestor of the recent crop of coming of age through some terrible trial type YA books and movies.

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