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Freedom's Landing (Catteni #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  6,667 ratings  ·  141 reviews
The alien Catteni have attacked earth, emptying cities for slave labor. And other things.

Kris Bjornsen has been taken captive and finds herself dumped with many others on an empty planet--but one of the Catteni masters missed his ride back. Now Kris takes on a leadership role and has to help figure out how to protect these people and also what to do with the Catteni trappe
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Hardcover, science fiction book club edition, 277 pages
Published May 24th 1995 by Ace/Putnam (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan
I bumped into this by accident in the library, and since McCaffrey died I’d been meaning to read something by her, and the blurb looked to be promising SF with a dash of romance I decided to take the entire series with me on Christmas break. I’m so glad I did, because I really liked this first book.
It dives right in when Kris an escaped human slave on a strange planet, encounters Zainal, a Catteni (the aliens who invaded Earth and took a bunch of humans off-planet as slaves), who is on the run
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Amanda Petrucelli
This was really good...nice hard sci-fi with a lead female who isn't an idiot. All kinds of neat robots that groom a prison planet and a lot of discussion among mixed-species prisoners on who and how should labor be divided and such. Very cool hard science fiction with all the robots and stuff with a female lead.
Rachel
more SiFi than fantasy to be honest. Good detail (as always) and characters are fantastic. The plot didn't really grab me, there was too much other content getting in the way (not exactly 'PG' if you know what I mean. She typically has very colorful series and characters so I have no doubt that the continuing books in this one are great, I just won't be reading them.
Christine
This is a survivalist story, about a group of humans and aliens working together to establish civilization. They fight natives, not in the form of primitive aliens, but in the form of mechanized robots that seem to farm the planet on autopilot. Who owns these machines? They don't know, but they'd love to find out.

The group has to deal with plenty of normal concerns, as well as hostility toward the Catteni (the race that invaded Earth), Zainal, who is deposited with them. Kris, a survival expert,
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Ami Hoe
I enjoyed this the first time I read it. I like the plot and the characters. However when I read it again recently I paid more attention to the details of how they go about setting up thier new society and i find a lot of improbable aspects. For example they have a shortage for wood even for cooking but they manage to start smithing and a kiln. Where do they get the wood for that let alone makeing steel from iron ore which requires charcoal if you havn't got coal to "cook" carbon into the ore. a ...more
Glee
Nice, simple. Good guys (mostly) win, some aliens are good guys, pioneering on a new planet. And if you are going to be pioneering on a new planet, the kinds of humans you want to have along are Americans, Aussies, and the Irish. That is, McCaffrey isn't afraid of being politically incorrect and uses stereotypes liberally... The only really interesting character is the alien, natch. But I like McCaffrey's story-telling, and she never hurts my brain.

This turns out to be the first of four, not sur
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Martha
I liked this first book enough to check out the next three from the library. The series feels hollow. Many major events are not written about just spoken about in conversation and not covered well. An okay story line but not delivered well or filled out. Too many things introduced but never talked about again or developed. For such horrible events like the invasion of earth, forced pregnancy, slavery and others it was really too much Pollyanna style. Could have been a really thought provoking se ...more
Laura
My best friend sent me a used copy of this book and I instantly moved it to the top of the list based on her reviews of it.

I like Anne McCaffrey. Sometimes I really like her heroines and sometimes it takes them awhile to grow on me. But with Kris, I liked her immediately. She's got the know-how, instinct, wit, and good judgment.

Though she does something stupid (in my opinion but critical to the development book) in the first 20ish pages, I don't hold that against her. And I don't think anyone
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Cheryl
Okay, I'm rating this high because this book was totally a favorite of mine... years and years ago. It was one of the first books on tape (yes, tape) that I ever owned (unabridged even). And I have the series in hardcover. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've read this book.

The story: Kris was abducted in Denver when Earth (Terra) was attacked by aliens. Later, in Barevi, she steals a ground ship (this isn't spoilers, it all happens in the first paragraph), but then... the story reall
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Villate
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Kat
A light, enjoyable romp through a new world. Earth, along with countless other planets, has been invaded by an alien race known as the Catteni and citizens from various Earth cities have been plucked from their homes to be used as slave labor. Another fate lies in store for the resourceful woman Kris Bjorsen, the Catteni overlord Zainal whose she saves, and a motley crew of humans and aliens: colonization. Kris and her companions are dropped off and expected to tame a new world by their Catteni ...more
LitProfSue
Kris, the main character, is determined, direct and self-reliant - a protagonist I tend to admire. She quickly makes friends and is admired by or lusted after by most she meets. There are few obstacles she can't overcome or skills she doesn't have, including martial arts and survival training. However, things go too smoothly to be realistic. As an escapist read, I enjoyed this book. It was diverting and easy to read on my phone. Most of the plot points were broadcasted early in the story - no sh ...more
Laramort
Another great Anne McCaffrey book, but it has a part that I felt was unnecessary and trashy. I just skipped a few pages and everything was fine fater that.
Mike (the Paladin)
interesting idea. Aliens abandon you on a planet where you have to survive. you find a giant mechinized farm... go from there.
Scott Templeman
I really liked this book for the most part but it had some key flaws that knocked it down a level. First was the romance angle which I continuously dreaded throughout the book. Could have skipped many of the details provided when things got hot and heavy. Secondly this felt like half of a good book. The plot drew me in rather late, and the book ends abruptly with no clear climax (unless one counts the climax above I could have skipped). It feels like a really good book lazily chopped in half. I ...more
Jesi
I'd read this book as a teen, and remember liking it. I read it again these past two days, and I realize just how many "small things" I overlooked/didn't notice as that teenager.

Things that I noticed were the narrator's attitude toward rape - how male rape seemed to be so cavalierly rejected/made fun of. I realize that this is an old book, and at the time of it being written, the attitude toward the subject was probably "male rape doesn't happen," but still, reading it from my perspective now, i
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Lady Knight
When I was in middle school, one of my best friends had a nearly obsessive desire to read everything Anne McCaffrey ever wrote and with Science Fiction marketed to adults in general. After I enjoyed the first few books of the Dragonriders of Pern series she talked me into reading, I was eager to see what else McCaffrey had to offer... I was passed Freedom's Landing. At fourteen I really, really liked this series (not quite the love I had for Pern, but still better than most of what was available ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ My home library.

Kris Bjornsen was going about her day at Denver University when the Catteni attacked Earth. Scooping up citizens by the thousands from 50 cities around the world the Catteni ships took their new slaves to Barevi, a planet used by the Catteni for R&R and a depot for their purloined goods from around the galaxy. Kris manages to escape her new ‘master’ and is hiding out in the wilds of Barevi when a chance encounter with Zainal, an Emassi (or high ranking Catteni)
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Patty Marvel
I ordered a few of McCaffrey's books from the library after seeing the outpouring of grief and reminiscing upon her death. Thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and started with Freedom's Landing (published in 1995), the first book in the "Catteni Series."

Catteni (or "Cats") is the name of an alien species that has a habit of kidnapping humans (and others) and dropping them on (presumably) unused planets to see if they're inhabitable (non-Catteni = canaries in the coal mine). Kristin Bjornsen, a fe
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Al
From Publishers Weekly

With a tale of human and other slaves abandoned by harsh masters on an ostensibly deserted planet, McCaffrey begins another highly readable series about successful survival in difficult circumstances. Kristin Bjornsen, an escaped human slave on the planet Barevi, saves one of the Catteni masters, Zainal, from being killed in a blood feud. When she tries to return him to the capital city, she is caught in a roundup of troublemakers designated for colonization duty. Among t

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Brian Schiebout
Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey is the first book in the Catteni Sequence. The book takes place in a near future world where earth has been conquered by an alien humanoid race called the Catteni. One of the first things the heavy gravity Catteni do when they conquer a world is to enslave a certain percentage of the population for work on one of their own worlds. Kristen Bjornsen was one of those captured and taken to the world of Baravi where she escaped. After rescuing a Catteni who had the ...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the book Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey which is a very good science fiction that I got from a local secondhand shop. A friend of mine who is heavily into science fiction and fantasy novels reckons she is his favourite author. He also doesn't like her later books especially the ones she did with other people. I noticed in the part about her she has won the Nebula & Hugo awards for her books. This book is I think one of her earlier books and is the start of a trilogy. The ...more
kingshearte
I've read most of what Anne McCaffrey has written, and find most of it thoroughly enjoyable fluff that I have re-read anywhere from several to many times, because it's quick, and it's like having a coffee with an old friend. I read the first three books of this series quite some time ago, and haven't touched them since. However, recently, I decided to read the fourth book, but if I was going to do that, I'd have to re-read the first three, since I barely remember them. And who knew? Maybe at thi ...more
Peter Walton-Jones
I have never read anything by Anne McCaffrey before...but knowing that she is a prolific writer of fantasy novels was pretty obvious from the long line up with her name it on that particular library shelf. This book is part one of a series set in a future time when the earth has been over-run by the Catteni people who have enslaved large chunks of the human population. In fact they seem to be doing this on a large scale throughout space. The "people" in this story have been dumped on a supposedl ...more
Tiffany
Ok...so I liked this book but I didn't love it. I sooo wanted to love it but alas I did not. The story seemed really interesting and as a science fiction freak I was crazy excited to read this series. Truth be told I'm glad I read it, but....for me the writing really wasn't all that great. In some places it was actually fairly distracting. The thing that bothered me most was the weird way the characters individual voices changed. By voices I don't mean their actual voices of course but rather th ...more
Chris
Not a bad read. The book picks up after the Earth is invaded by aliens (called the Catteni) and humans serve as slaves on other alien planets. The heroine Kris gets dropped on a uninhibited planet with a slew of other humans and other enslaved species. They are essentially guinea pigs: if they are able to settle successfully on the planet, the Catteni can move in and live there. So there is minimal flying around in space for science fiction, it's more about building a civilization from scratch. ...more
JodiP
This was an interesting enough sci-fi read. The dialogue got a bit hokey, but overall I liked the female protagonist and her relationship with Zainal. I don't know if I'll continue the series, though. At times, it seemed as thogh the story could have taken place in the wild west, as it's a pretty straightforward survival tale with good guys and bad.
Sarah (Tail-Kinker)
I was hooked on this series immediately. I remember hoping it would become a series and being delighted when it did. I love tales of people thrust into unforseeable circumstances with the world turned upside down, and how they tackle their problems and use their skills, environment, and each other to survive.

Aliens have invaded earth. Kris has been enslaved like many others and transported far away to another planet. Through some coincidences, she is rounded up with hundreds of other slaves, hu
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Brigid
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Joy
So, I've gotten 60 pages into this book and....I don't think I'll continue. I tried. Really I did.

I had high hopes for this book since I like The Dragonriders of Pern but this book falls far short.

The basic premise is that humans have been enslaved by a race called the Cattani. The first human we meet is Kris who has escaped and is living in a jungle. A crashed ship draws her attention and she finds a Cattani injured. She helps him but he tries to attack her so she knocks him out and tries to l
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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