The novel “Rite of Passage” by Alexei Panshin was published for the first time in 1968. It won the Nebula award for best novel of the year.
For Mia Havero it’s time to start training for the Trial, the rite of passage that every inhabitant of the Ship has to face at the age of 14. Together with a group of kids of the same age, she’ll be left for a month on a colony planet, where she’ll have to survive for a month thanks to her skills. The survivors will be considered adults.
Over the course of two years, Mia and the other kids her age must keep on attend normal classes but also start learning everything that will help them survive during the course of the Trial. For kids who grew up on a Ship, the idea of spending a month on a planet inhabited by people they consider “Mudeaters” is quite shocking and when she participates in a trade mission with her father her opinion on the colonists doesn’t improve.