Originally Posted by Fish.Stapler
Doesn't need to be educational to be entertaining and thought/discussion provoking. Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and the sequels are prime examples of this (in the sci-fi genre)
I agree. The problem is everyone's read those already!
An interesting book on self-determination is Orson Scott Card's A Planet Called Treason
, aka Treason
. I got it because I really like his other books, but this one's quite fun by itself and few people are likely to have read it here. I suggest we (well, you guys, I just reread it the other day) read that one! It's not very big, but it's kinda trippy at sections and that makes for great fun - and like I said, the main theme is the importance of self-determination, so it's full of philosophy too!
I would not really suggest it for younger readers though. It is teen+ I'm thinking.