The Rowan (The Tower and the Hive, #1)
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The Rowan (The Tower and the Hive #1)

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Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.

The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talen

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 22nd 1992 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1990)
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LiteraryLover
The Rowan is about a woman who was found orphaned as a baby on a small mining planet. Her entire town was destroyed during a mudslide leaving her as the only survivor. She may not have survived anyways due to her being trapped inside a vehicle under the mud. However, Rowan has incredible psychic powers in telepathy and telekinesis which caused people from other planets to hear her crying. She was eventually saved and placed with someone to watch over her. Due to her strong powers, they thought t...more
Jamie
This was the first book I ever read by Anne Mccaffrey. And I was hooked from the very beginning! A great science fiction with just a touch of romance. The series focuses heavily on telepathy, and psychokinesis. Those that have these abilities are known as Talents. Rowan is one such person.

The story starts the the girl (to be known as Rowan) at a very young age. This book follows her training as a talent and continues there her young adult years. The Rowan is found to be one of the strongest Tal...more
Wealhtheow
The Rowan is an orphaned girl with incredible psychic power and a cute little psychic pet. Oh the pain she suffers from being an orphan! Oh the oppression of being so powerful! Oh the agony of no one understanding your Speshulness!
Stephanie
I first read this book when I was 7 or 8 years old. I have read it EVERY year since. I love this book. I sincerly hope that they never make a movie about this book so that they cannot ruin it for me.
The thing that I love the most about her is that she is strong and fierce, but also soft and feminine. That is how I strive to be. She has influenced me throughout my adolescence and I will continue to read her story probably for the rest of my life. I will give this book to my children to read. I h...more
Maggie K
Ugh.
I am so annoyed I wasted a whole day on this book. But, I am even more annoyed that is was voted the book of the month under Women in Sci-Fi.
This is space romance. Telekinesis and TElepathy joined in one person, albeit on a space station, does not Science Fiction make, even if there is an alien invasion. And no, I do not beleive in 'Love at first mind-brush'.

To be fair, this book starts well. A small child is the only survivor of a landslide, and her anguished mental state calls for her re...more
Jim
I can't help it, I love these books. I have read this one four times now over a 17 year period. I highly recommend the Pegasus series followed by the Rowan series.

Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.

The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using ment...more
Estara
Nov 30, 2011 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of the Tower and Hive series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-read series
I picked this as my first reread of her books - not because I don't have loads of others I could reread but I have realised that I know the plots of almost all books still to a pretty large degree of detail - although my last time rereading is probably ten years in the past.

That's because I discovered her as one of the major female sf&f authors in print in the UK when I went over there for the first time as an au-pair in 88/89. And even in Germany's university towns later one I could get her...more
Caroline
I have to admit that when I first read the blurb I thought it would be a very complicated sci fi story and that I wouldn't love it as much as Anne McCaffrey's dragon books. Well... I was WRONG! This is one of the best book (and series) I have read in a long time. It ranks close to Harry Potter, if not higher. And I stand by what I just said.

Anne McCaffrey wrote two series in the Talents universe which involves Earth functioning thanks to the Talents of telepathic or telekinetic persons in an int...more
Willa
The Rowan is the first book in "The Tower and the Hive" series (also known as "The Rowan" series) by Anne McCaffrey. It is set in the universe of the "Pegasus" trilogy, against a backdrop of a technologically advanced society in which telepathy, psychokinesis and other psychic Talents have become scientifically accepted and researched. Telekinetic and telepathic powers are used to communicate and teleport spaceships through space, thus avoiding the light barrier and allowing for the colonization...more
C.
Jul 08, 2008 C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
This is one of my favorite novels, even though it is definitely not one of the best novels I've read.

When I read anything, I tend to enjoy it more when the character development is strong enough that I care about what the characters think and feel, and especially what happens to them.

Anne McCaffrey may be weak at creating actual science fiction—I consider this book to be more of a futuristic fantasy than hard science fiction—but she is fantastic at showing you who a character is as a person, and...more
Jean
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Charlee
The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey is the first novel I ever read that I could not put down. I read it straight through cover to cover. I do that fairly often these days, but at the time it was an event that rocked my world. I once heard a male sci-fi author call McCaffrey’s books a gateway drug for getting girls into sci-fi, but for me this book clued me in on what was missing from the sci-fi books I’d already been reading—romance. The Rowan catapulted to the top of my all time favorites list and here...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
So of course I'd read this before, many times — I used to love it, even. I saw it at the library's jumble sale, along with a bunch of its sequels. It was cheap and I was gripped by nostalgia, what can I say.

You can guess by that opening that I'm a bit embarrassed. Well, I am. How did I ever think this was a great romance? Look at it as the story of a charismatic megalomaniac coming along at a time and with the Talent to be helpful to humanity and feed his ego at the same time, and not a romance,...more
Rebecca
The only reason I picked up this book was because there was a short story in Get off the Unicorn and it peaked my interest - I was NOT a reader. I read this book and loved it and it basically was the spark that started my love of reading. While it reads almost like a biography, going from infancy through to marriage and all the struggles in between of a talented girl and the expectations thrust up on her, the world Anne McCaffrey has created and her characters leaves you wanting more. I have rea...more
Martina the Book Fairy
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it when I was 13 or 14 and continued to pick up Anne McCafrey's entire catalog afterwards. I've read it every few years since (I'm now 34) and still adore it! I even have a signed copy from when I met Ms. McCaffrey back ing 2005. Sadly, the reason I picked it up again was because Ms. McCaffrey passed away just a few days ago - on November 21, 2011. It seemed fitting to read it again now as a celebration of her life and the role she played i...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
When I first read this book I was blown away. I loved it and I re-read this over and over again. I loved the Rowan. She was amazing. I liked her power and her loneliness with isolation was sad. Even though this is a FT&T story, I felt it was more romance. I would classify this as a young adult book. Then again, I read it when I was a teenager.
Vivian
An important aspect of making stories believable is in the character development; instead, Anne McCaffrey spends hundreds of pages describing how spaceships and goods are teleported around the galaxy. (This is about as interesting as reading a UPS manual.)



Joanna
McCaffrey tends to over-do her female leads sometimes, and the Rowan and Damian are prime examples of this (no pun intended). I still liked the books very much however because they're an easy fun read. They're more sci/fi-romance-adventure really.
Tina Hunter
Anne McCaffrey is always a safe bet for a good story. The Rowan was a lovely story that takes you from the early begins of Rowan's life to when she is finally happy with a family of her own. But of course you can't have a sci-fi story just about a lonely girl becoming a happy leader. They fight off some hive-mind aliens bent on destroying an outlying colony, and do so using the ever increasing telepathic and telekinetic abilities of the "Talents". The only reason this isn't a 5/5 is because of h...more
N
The cover of this book may lead the unsuspecting Sci-fi enthusiast to get his or her hopes up for a cinematic-like adventure full of action and intrigue, but in truth it is a love story. The Sci-fi aspect of this novel is very thin and lightly detailed, barely enough to be considered Sci-fi.Now don't let this small fact get your Superman undies in a twist because the author does a wonderful job of leading up to the eventual contact between the Rowan, our dashing heroine, and Jeff, our suave dams...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
A natural disaster on Altair has left a three-year-old girl the lone survivor of The Rowan Mining Company’s base camp. When her mental cries reach every telepath on the planet a search for her becomes a race against time. She was trapped in a hopper under a landslide of mud. No food, no water, no comfort and running out of air. The trauma has left her no memory of her previous life, so she becomes a ward of the planet Altair and is known as The Rowan. The Rowan grows up a powerful telepath/telek...more
Ashley Honecker
In this futuristic tale by Anne McCaffrey, mankind has finally begun to populate the distant stars of the Milky Way. The FT&T, an organization responsible for identifying and training humanity's newest natural resource which range from empaths and precogs to the higher rated telepaths and telekinetics, is vital to this continued colonization. So when the population of Altair is set on edge by the mental cry of clearly an extremely powerful T-rating, the race is one to locate and rescue her f...more
Al
From Publishers Weekly

McCaffrey leaves behind the Dragonriders of Pern to write this charming tale of a powerful psi on whom depends the commerce of human-settled space. Through the Nine-Star League, people and goods are instantaneously transported by the telepaths and telekinetics of Federal Telepath & Transport. Orphaned as a baby and discovered to be a potential Prime, most powerful of the psis, the Rowan is raised by psychologists, trained by them and put in charge of the FT&T Towe

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Swankivy
My mother knew I liked science fiction so she went out and bought me a book that had a dragon on the cover. It turned out to be some random book in the middle of a series by Anne McCaffrey (her Pern series). I didn't want to start in the middle of a series so I looked for other books by this author and ended up stumbling onto this one, and even though it wasn't related I started reading it because it was apparently about telepathic people. I liked some of the ideas (having the Rowan discovered a...more
Peter
A Stellar Experience!!!: THE ROWAN is the first book in the wonderful TOWER AND HIVE series (the other titles being; DAMIA, DAMIA'S CHILDREN, LYON'S PRIDE, THE TOWER & THE HIVE) and is easily the best.

We are now in the universe envisaged by Henry Darrow and the first Peter Reidinger (see PEGASUS series), a world where mankind has reached beyond the stars; where inter-planetary transport and communication is achievable predominantly through the powers of the scarce and extremely valuable PRI

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Christina
The first part of the book--the Rowan's childhood--is excellent. Everything that follows feels rushed, especially her love interest and the alien attack. So much time was spent building up her relationships in the first part of the book, and then barely any time was spent doing so in the later parts. Everything happened too fast and it felt artificial. So, while the last part of the book (Rowan's adulthood) is all right, it is disappointing given how terrific the first part of the book (her chil...more
Tanen
This book had some lovely moments, but they were few and far between and in no way made up for the inferior plot writing of this book. Plot strands died with little or no explanation (what on Earth happened to the Barquecat?!). At one point, McCaffrey contradicts herself, saying that the Rowan's parents have specific names when she confronts Reidinger, then saying that the Rowan had no idea what there names were ten pages later. Also, the beginning of the book was typical alienating sci fi: the...more
Nola
Jan 17, 2014 Nola rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: science fiction buffs, romance buffs, anyone who likes psychic powers
Recommended to Nola by: Mom
When a mudslide overwhelms the Rowan mining settlement, the only survivor is a three year old girl whose psychic powers alert everyone on her moon to the fact that she is trapped in a mud-covered skiff alone. Ann McCaffrey’s novel, The Rowan, follows the growing up of a unique and powerful child into an isolated womanhood, where she finally meets that strong, sensitive man who saves her from loneliness, achieving a merging of the minds and perfect unity, etc. (Yeah, I got a bit impatient with t...more
Janell
An organization of telepaths help transport goods from planet to planet with the help of their minds. When a hostile race of aliens try to invade, the telepaths must use their talents to save the human race. This series from Anne McCaffrey has always been a favorite of mine and I've been in the mood to reread the books again.

Since it has been several years since I read these, I found there was quite a bit I had forgotten. Her style of writing is a bit choppier than I remembered and there were c...more
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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...more
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