I found this book ‘Below the Root’ long ago, in sixth grade, and it changed my reading habits for good.
4/5 stars from my current-day self.
But in grade 6, I would have given this 5/5 stars.
The Greensky trilogy was bigger in my mind than the Dark is Rising, or the Taran Wanderer books, or Arthur Clarke, because Greensky and Raamo engaged my imagination both personally and emotionally, but also with science fiction and fantasy thrown in.
In book one of this trilogy, our hero Raamo is a bit of a slacker… prone to sitting and pondering things when he could be applying himself to more serious efforts. He does not have any obvious talents that he’s aware of – just the usual residual telekinesis and telepathy that everyone on this low-gravity colony planet has.
However, there are dark secrets behind this idyllic world… so the story unfolds and I will leave you to read it…
Decades later as a reader, it’s interesting historically to see how ‘seventies’ this world of Greensky could be considered. Peace-and-love and wissen-berries to mellow you out whenever you don’t feel sufficiently at one with the world. Luckily for the adult readers, it’s not the utopia that you might think.