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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Influential sci-fi has mature themes, drinking, smoking.

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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+
Sci-fi classic has complicated ideas, but is a great book everyone should read.
age 18+

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Young readers may find Foundation long on talk and short on action or intriguing characters. But science fiction is the turf of big ideas: Author Isaac Asimov, with a genius IQ and a broad range of interests, had more big ideas than most, many of them on display here. Is it possible to predict and/or manipulate the future? What about free will? What's the relationship between science, religion, politics, and money? Who's really in control here? Who should be? The downside is that characters, many of whom appear only briefly, are almost exclusively defined by their wise sayings and long speeches and don't so much develop as tenaciously hold their positions as events unfold.

Hugely influential, the Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) received science fiction's Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series in 1966, the only year the award's ever been presented.

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