Deathworld 2 by Harry Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
More of a 3.5 rating, this Deathworld book is a special kind of classic SF.
There are a ton of SF that have those classic single educated characters landing on a planet full of uneducated only to eventually rule them all (or save, liberate, or whatnot). It's so old that it's cliche.
Of course, if you want that kind of thing, and want it done well, (hello planet of slaves and unabashed opportunism,) then this Harry Harrison is probably your thing.
Notable aspects: steam engine supremacy, a heavy-handed novel-long skewering of Ethos versus Ethics, and adventure.
Again, not bad, and there's nothing particularly ugly about this except the depiction of humanity, but we're pretty casual about that even now. Well, we're a bit more creative about it these days... and not only in fiction.
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