Books That Burn

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Highlight 23: Sassinak by Elizabeth Moon and Anne McCaffrey

November 14th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Sassinak” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. This covers several decades of the protagonists life as she's enslaved by planet pirates and then spends several decades getting the skills for stopping them.

  • TITLE: Sassinak

  • AUTHOR: Elizabeth Moon, Anne McCaffrey


  • YEAR: 2020

  • LENGTH: 304 pages

  • AGE: Adult

  • GENRE: Fantasy, Science Fiction


Book TW for sexual content (brief mention), ableism (brief), grief (graphic), xenophobia, bullying, sexual harassment, mental illness (brief), drug abuse (backstory), kidnapping, vomit, blood, gore, violence, gun violence, torture (brief mention), child abuse, slavery (graphic), suicide (brief), animal death (brief mention), murder, child death (graphic), parental death, death (graphic).

Topic 1: Abandonment. Begins at (1:35), CW for suicide, death.

Topic 2: Racism. Begins at (16:12), CW for racism, death.

Topic 3: Enslavement. Begins at (34:28), CW for slavery, death.

Promo for The Real Movie Critic vs the Cine-Guy; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (43:32).


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