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Book Review: Ursa by Tina Shaw

Ursa is about a future dystopian world that is run by a totalitarian government, the story is narrated by 15 year old Leho and many of the events in the novel are distorted because of his somewhat naive and innocent perspective. However this is a credit to Shaw who has fully identified and understood how the young age of her protagonist will affect the story. Although, this means that aspects of the novel are glossed over and events do not hold the significance that they should.

But the plot is still intriguing and thought provoking as Leho seeks to understand social boundaries and discrimination that he and his people face. The divide between the two groups of people in the novel, Cerels and the Travesters is interesting and compelling in the way that it critiques social structure and hierarchy.