StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you in case you might find it interesting, too.
The Word for World Is Forest (Hainish Cycle #5)
by Ursula K. Le Guin
The award-winning masterpiece by one of today’s most honored writers, Ursula K. Le Guin
The Word for World is Forest
When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.
Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.
I started reading the Hainish cycle a few years ago, but I didn’t make it very far before I just sort of stopped. But The Word for World is Forest is one of Le Guin’s most highly regarded works after books like The Dispossessed or The Left Hand of Darkness, so I feel like I should get to it sooner rather than later.