Freedom's Landing (Catteni #1)
The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves—and Kristin has managed to survive her enslavement w...more
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...more
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
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,...more
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...more
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...more
This turns out to be the first of four, not sur...more
The premise is still interesting to me (humans and other aliens who have caused their Catteni conquerors-overlords too much trouble get dropped on an inhabited planet to see if they can colonize it) and I still enjoyed the overall story, particularly the romance between two of the main characters (human Kristin Bjornsen and Catteni Zainal). On the downside, I found Kris' extreme self-sufficien...more
I suppose that on the whole tho...more
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...more
The beginning of this story comes from a short story first published in Get off the Unicorn called "The Thorns of Barevi." I was intrigued to see how she took that short story and made it into not one, not two, but an entire series of books.
Really an awesome read and i didn't even miss the normal amount of romance i prefer in my books. There's was a little and it was peachy. And there because it was right and not just there for the sake of it.
Though very much a space opera, I have bought the sequels as it is compulsive reading. However, great literature it isn't, and the inventiveness I much admired in McCaffrey's Dragon series is thin on the page.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more