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** spoiler alert ** Brother and sister fear their stepfather is going to poison them. Boy is in contact with a girl convicted of killing her mother and trying to kill her father. Turns out her dad is their stepfather. Girl escapes, they all run away from home. Their mother finally saves them by switching her son's poisoned drink with that of her husband's.
I love fantasy, but haven't gotten into much sci-fi; it's usually entirely too preoccupied with technology and not nearly interested enough in people. This book is the notable exception. There's technology, there's space travel and "home planets" and killer robots, but that's not why I've been rereading this book since I was twelve. There are sympathetic characters doomed to fail, political manipulations everywhere, a well-developed religious system that takes a turn its most fervent clergy do not expect. With all the Big Themes and a cast of dozens, I still have never had trouble keeping everyone straight. An utterly fantastic book.