Great McCaffrey book. I had always been a fan of the Pern series (more fantasy than sci-fi), but couldn't really get into the more sci-fi (space-oriented) books of hers until this one. I will definitely continue this series!
Very disappointing. SO many cliches. Not the sort of book I would have expected from McCaffrey.
It is the near future and humanity has, after a valiant struggle, been overpowered in an invasion by a fierce warrior race known as the Catteni. These aliens have scouted out other Earth-like planets and come up a simple test to determine if they're fit for habitation: Maroon captured malcontents from conquered races there, and see if they manage to survive.
In a former life, Kris Bjornsen was an ordinary college student in Denver, but now she finds herself in a struggle for survival on a totally unknown world. Equally startling is the deep friendship she finds herself forming with an outlawed Catteni who's been dropped on the planet with humans who want to murder him simply for being of the same species as their oppressors. The only thing worse than being dropped with her fellow ersatz colonists on this place unimaginably far from home is the fact that they do not seem to be alone here. But in addition to the mysterious predators who snatch one's friends away in the night, some of the refugees themselves may be the worst enemies of our Heinlein-esque heroine, as a struggle unfolds to establish a fair and ordered society in the midst of danger and scarcity.
As always, great story by Anne McCaffrey.
An excellent book by Anne McCaffrey (of the Dragonriders of Pern fame) which is set in another part of the universe and nary a dragon in sight. Themes? Hmmm....survival against poor odds, working with what you're given, always striving toward freedom (instead of enslavement), getting along with those who are Other and Alien.....take your pick. Of course, with a bit of sex thrown in too! The first book is based on a short story she had published in a volume of short stories called: Get Off the Unicorn. While I liked the series as a whole, I'm not in *love* with it (read it when it was new and haven't picked it up again). I'm in the process of moving so I'm reducing the numbers of books to transport.
This is one of McCaffrey's best works! And THAT is saying a lot!
absolutely awesome SF fantasy. hijacks the reader right along with Chris from denver..the self sufficient, adveturous main character.
I enjoyed this one. It was a lightning-fast read.
this is my favorite book of all time. Great story , characters, i could read this one over and over and never get tired of it.
First of the "Freedom" science fiction series by the author of the "Pern" science fiction series. Several hundred humans and species from other planets (plus one Catteni) who have revolted against their conquerors from the planet Catten, are exiled to a supposedly uninhabited planet, where they build a new society.
I have read and enjoyed this series several times.
Absolutely great read. Inventive and imagination capturing story.
First book in this series.