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The Fifth Sacred Thing Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk.

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The Fifth Sacred Thing Summary

Plot Summary

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk is a post-apocalyptic novel set in 2048 in California. While the rest of the state is dystopian, living in fear and in poverty under the military and religious control of the Stewards and Millennialists, the main characters of the novel live in the City (what was once San Francisco), an egalitarian community in harmony with the Four Sacred Things that sustain life - earth, air, fire, and water. The novel's perspective shifts between three characters from the same household, the Black Dragon House: Maya, Madrone, and Bird.

Maya is one of the elders in the City, having lived in San Francisco in the 1960s and having witnessed the revolution of 2028 in which residents resisted the military dictatorship of the Stewards, established their own consensus-based system of government, The Council, and have subsequently worked together to reverse the environmental degradation of the land, water...

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