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I've had this book in my head for ages and no Google search has found it. I read it in the primary school library approximately 10 years ago so it definitely had nothing sexual in it.

It was a sci fi novel where a human girl (I think) was taken as a pet by an alien scientist. He was being kind to her, but was still studying her. He would take her for walks on and off leash and if she was obedient and came when called, he'd give her greater freedom. The most striking thing I remember was that the gravity was heavier on the planet she was taken to, and so she talked about how she felt dragged down and heavy. Also, the scientist and the girl could talk to each other. She cooperated with him.

I thought for a long time it was 'Galax-Arena' by Gillian Rubinstein, but don't remember all the circus stuff, although the wiki synopsis does mention aliens taking human children as pets. I am pretty sure the book was very near the Rubinstein ones, so it might have been, but wanted to know if it rang any bells for anyone.

  • Some of the themes sound similar to Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh. – Valorum Jan 1 '15 at 15:01
  • Thanks for the suggestion, but it sounds more complicated than what I remember. Does look very interesting though. – Liz Jan 1 '15 at 15:06
  • Sounds a bit like 'The City Of Gold And Lead';the second of the Tripods trilogy. There are 2 boys taken into the domed city to serve the aliens. The gravity is heavy, and they have to wear oxygen maks. One of the aliens treats his boy as a pet. – sueelleker Jan 31 '15 at 16:48
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Could it be Stefan Wul's Fantastic Planet?

The last surviving humans are taken from Earth to the wild planet Ygam by the Traags, a race of blue-skinned, red-eyed giants. Here they become known as oms, used as lowly servants and regarded as savages.
But little by little, led by a young man of superior intelligence named Terr, the oms regain their thirst for liberty and rise up against the Traags to affirm their humanity in the face of oppression.

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