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DREAM-WEAVER by Louise Lawrence

DREAM-WEAVER

By Louise Lawrence

Age Range: 9 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1996
ISBN: 0-395-71812-0
Publisher: Clarion

 Lawrence (Keeper of the Universe, 1993, etc.) presents the story of wealthy space colonists fleeing an ecologically damaged Earth in droves for a chance to live on a virgin planet. Troy, 17, and his parents, after working for years as starship crew, have finally been credited passage; as the ship departs, Troy has visions of a beautiful young alien girl who tries to communicate with him. The focus shifts to the planet Arboth, where Eth, the girl in Troy's visions, is training as a dream-weaver, an individual capable of astral projection. Eth has had visions of Troy's spaceship landing on Arboth and of the colonists subjugating her people. The only recourse for Eth and her fellow Arbothians is the use of her psychic powers to force the ship to land on the neighboring planet, Malroth. While the numerous scenes between Troy and Eth are rife with sexual tension, their relationship remains ethereal, and once the starship lands, Troy makes an about-face, abruptly attracted to snobbish and spoiled Hannah Guttenham. Lawrence skillfully balances the ship scenes, which read like hard sf, with the scenes on Arboth, which are closer to fantasy. The lack of any sort of consummation between the teens is unsatisfying: While the author may be content with Eth's mention that the pair might meet in the future, as friends, readers won't be. Indeed, Troy's choice of Hannah seems entirely out of character. The hasty and unexpected ending is a disappointment in an otherwise promising interstellar adventure. (Fiction. 9+)