Freedom's Landing - Catteni, Bk 1 Author:Anne McCaffrey At last! An all-new epic Anne McCaffrey novel, set in an extraordinary new world... — Kristin Bjornsen was expecting a normal life, right up until the day the Catteni ships floated into view above the University of Denver. As the enormous door opened at the top of the ramp, and humans were herded into the maw of the vessel that made the "Que... more »en Elizabeth" look like a bathbut toy, Kristin let her mind go blank and realized that nothing would be normal, ever again.
But on the whole she has survived rather well. The Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves. And so Kris has found herself part of a tremendous alien experiment-one that gives her back her freedom, in a way, though she knows she will not see Denver again. Once again she was driven into the hold of an enormous ship, and once again awoke on a strange planet, this time with no master giving orders. The Catteni have discovered a new world, and they have a pragmatic way of finding out whether it is habitable: hundreds of slaves have been dropped there and left to their own resources. If they survive, the world will be deemed fit for Catteni colonization. If they die, well, slaves are a nuisance to replace, but there are always more.
The new world is beautiful, green and well-watered. Its dangers are hidden. Kris and her fellow colonists have a couple of advantages, though, that may help them survive. They have individuals like Kris, who are strong and determined to take advantage of this unexpected chance at a free life. And they have Zainal, a Catteni aristocrat, condemned to join the slaves as punishment for killing one of his own kind. His scraps of knowledge about the new world may mean the difference between life and death for them all. And as Kris is surprised to find, his quiet strength and alien golden eyes create feelings in her that she never thought she would have again.« less
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!
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.