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Hella is a planet where everything is oversized - especially the ambitions of the colonists. 

The trees are mile-high, the dinosaur herds are huge, and the weather is extreme - so extreme, the colonists have to migrate twice a year to escape the blistering heat of summer and the atmosphere-freezing cold of winter.  

Kyle is a neuro-atypical young man, emotionally challenged, but with an implant that gives him real-time access to the colony's computer network, making him a very misunderstood savant. When an overburdened starship arrives, he becomes the link between the established colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth.  

The Hella colony is barely self-sufficient. Can it stand the strain of a thousand new arrivals, bringing with them the same kinds of problems they thought they were fleeing? 

Despite the dangers to himself and his family, Kyle is in the middle of everything - in possession of the most dangerous secret of all. Will he be caught in a growing political conspiracy? Will his reawakened emotions overwhelm his rationality? Or will he be able to use his unique ability to prevent disaster?

©2020 David Gerrold (P)2020 Tantor

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Half the book was excellent

It felt like this was two books. The first half depicted the challenges of settlers trying to survive on an incredible world full of exotic & strange plants & animals. The descriptions were vivid & the pacing was perfect. But, somewhere past the midpoint the story changed into a good guy/bad guy political battle and got bogged down in the workings of the main character’s mind. I would have loved to hear more about Hella & less about the bad guy conspiracies. All in all, still a very good read.

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A Fine Story by an Amazing Story Teller

I have not had a story connect with me as deeply as "Hella" for many years. I see aspects of myself and my family here, as well as recognize many reflections in the story of the here and now. David Gerrold's writing made me cry and thats no small feat.

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Great story of life on another world

This is a wonderful story and is very well narrated. The primary point of view being a young person is exceptional. I found his need to understand his world and the people in it greatly helped my engagement in the story.

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just I really good well thought-out tale

during the beginning of this book I was concerned I might not like it but by the end of the book I loved it.

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A socialists Dreamland and a neat scifi, wordy.

It's like Jurassic park meets avatar without anyone actually traveling through the world. The "real world" story wise is a couple of big facilities in two locations, the outside is shown through a moniter so to speak. The main character can't go 5 minutes in a conversation without someone coddling him but they live in a small science community so I can kinda see it, still too much saying "he's special." Yes, he is and that's evident in his ability to explain in a "rational" robotic way, that means we don't need to be told he's special and unique every conversation, it's nice like a child's cartoon. The politics is annoying for the right reasons but the ideology is heavily left sided, this is okay since the community is small comparable to an earth city or even town if I remember correctly, socialism works really well on a small scale(sometimes) with what some would call rational people; in this case people who have been a community for several generations now that have an established government and an apparently normalized living situation, they have festivals for god sake so their culture is developing really well which means people are relatively happy/content. Anyway it's kinda hard to finish but Travis Baldree helped push me through, this is a very wordy and fast paced book with tons of not quite unnecessary information and lots of political and personal belief tied in from the author.

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Loved this book

Absolutely engrossing! Seeing Hella from Kyle's point of view was spellbinding.
Gerrold & Baldree painted a picture that felt incredibly real.

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fun but with important social questions

Great YA novel that is both science fiction and social commentary. Not distopian and offers hope for a future. Great LGBTQ content.

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Fascinating world!

Interesting story, fascinating planet! I hope he writes sequels - there's so much more to see here!

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I enjoyed this book, great description of an alien world and the main characters were compelling. Many SciFi writers describe a society the way they would like our world to exist- this book has elements woven in reflecting common day themes, for me bordering on over the edge, but not quite. Eco themes the opposite of "Avatar" in that the early inhabitants start off very careful and the evil capitalists enter later, throw in some modern gender issues for good measure. A bit over the top towards the end concerning those themes. If there is a follow on version I will probably pass.

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