The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Rating: 4 stars

Genly Ai is an envoy from the Ekumen of worlds to the frozen planet Gethen, bringing them news of life beyond their world and an offer to join the Ekumen. He is met with fear, distrust and betrayal. This is his story.

I really enjoyed this book, particularly the societies of Gethen: different to the rest of humanity due to being androgynous, apart from a couple of days of the month. LeGuin uses Ai as a means to look into this society and how humanity might be different because of it. It’s also a cracking story.

Highly recommended.

Book details

Publisher: Ace
Year of publication: 1969

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