City of Pearl (The Wess'har Wars #1)
Three separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh's Star. But the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten the tenuous balance of a coveted world.
Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh's Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home. But her landing, with a small group...more
The novel takes place in the years between 2198-2374 and involves an earth mission to a planet called (by Earth) Cavanagh's Star. The planet is already claimed by three alien races: (1) The Bezeri (squid-like water dwellers) who are the planet's natural inhabitants, (2) the Isenj (invaders there to take advantage of un ...more
But the worst is the ideological messages that are forced on you. No doubt the author is a fan of veganism. In the book the character Aras (the alien) say that he can't smell the meat on Shan (the female lead character) to which she replies something like "no of course not, we don't really need to eat meat some people just like it" What a ...more
One government minister has other plans for her, though. She is sent to the far reaches of space, a trip that takes 75 years, on a mission that she knows nothing about because it is submerged in her brain, waiting to be released gradually once triggered. She joins a grou ...more
That said, I disliked the fact that all of ...more
There were some small things I didn't quite like about the book, I'll admit--but they were fairly minor nitpicks. I'll get those out of the way first. The flow of time in the story ...more
Fun read. Well created worlds, though she didn't reveal why the "moon" has a higher gravity than it's "planet." Lots of conflict and confrontations. Nice to see the earthlings at the bottom of the technology pyramid.
I like novels which explore issues. Traviss looks at the effects licensing and patenting genetic-engineered food stuffs. It's sort of the back story, but critical to some people's motives.
Cover Art: don't you hate it when t ...more
As usual, Traviss has an extreme connection with her characters and plays off of our emotions to tell the story. I know I shouldn’t have expectations for books because it throws off what the author may have been trying to get across, but I went into this expecting some kind of Karen-drama moment to satisfy my girly, emotional side. I got what I asked ...more
This is by far one of the best 'science-fiction/space-opera' books I've read. Actually the whole series. I am so happy I stumbled upon it and I am so surprised how underrated it is.
The rating of 3.89 indicates a good book, but with less then a 1000 votes I think it says even more. Karen has become one of my favorite writers. She has come up with amazing cultures and aliens. There is a lot of characters in the book and she is developing them with the story. I would highly recommend this.
The only ...more
I've read many reviews of this book on different sites and I noticed that many readers seemed uncomfortable with the ideas at the core of it, which is not surprising. The first thing I would say about this book is to acknowledge that the ideas within are extreme.
I don't agree with every principle suggested in this book and I doubt mos ...more
Just a note about the alien culture, I think Karen Traviss has developed a truly alien culture yet was able to make it accessible. The alien protagonist is one of the most interesting characters in science ...more
The book however does suggest some interesting ideas and I must admit I do enjoy books where ...more
When I was getting my AA, I was single, a few years before I met my wife. I took this Intro to Environmental Science class, because there were a lot of cute girls in the class. I learned a lot actually. I can still pick out a live oak from a turkey oak, slash pine from long leaf pine; point out palmettos and sea oats. I learned that Florida had the largest cedar forest in the world until a whole crap load of pencils were made, so the ...more
What I liked: The interplay and friendship between Shan and Aras. Human being befriends alien, and even a brief glimpse into the day-to-day life in an alien culture. I liked the human colony . . . it was sort of an Amish community on a distant planet. I liked the Bezeri. They felt truly alien. I liked the small cast of characters . . . i just wish they were more fully developed.
What I didn't like: Beyond Shan and the settlement, the rest of humanity is painte ...more
Traviss excels at subtle worldbuilding, especially in the hints of a falling apart Earth that we never actually see in the book. She often threw in random bits like the fact that opium poppies were driven to extinction by a genetically engineered virus. That's an idea that could probably carry a novel by itself, but here it's background info that lets readers fill in th ...more
O mundo criado é muito interessante, diferente e complexo sem no entanto sermos ...more
The most problematic part of this series for me is the protagonist - a very unlikeable woman who does and says things that (I reflected whilst reading) would be entirely unpalatable in a male protagonist ...more
Her debut novel has made me a fan. Not only will I read more of this series, but I'll dabble at her Star Wars novels as well.
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