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Freedom's Challenge (Catteni #3)

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The alien Catteni invaded Earth and enslaved thousands of humans on the planet Botany, where they struggle to survive while colonizing the world for their overseers. Now that they’ve proved Botany is capable of sustaining life, Kris Bjornsen and her fellow settlers have no intention of surrendering the home they’ve created for themselves…

Armed with the knowledge that the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Ace (first published May 1st 1998)
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Mar 18, 2010 kingshearte rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, sci-fi, fiction
OK, I really would like to talk more about the story, but I'm just so distracted by what McCaffrey has made Kris into, which is truly appalling. In the last book, I was incensed because Kris was, in effect, raped while drunk. Bad enough that McCaffrey trivialized the fact that that does happen to women by treating it as no big deal, and even making it into an "oopsie!" that Kris just accidentally cheated on her man. But would you believe that it happens again in book 3? This time I definitely wo ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Jan rated it it was ok
Good conclusion of the first 3 books. There's a lot of flaws in it. (Everything still goes way to easy, more drunken baby-creating without any remorse thoughts about the cheating factor, and a whole bunch of in-consequent stuff like pacifist Zainal suddenly becoming way less pacifist).

However, I forgive it a lot because of the fairly exciting story-line (survivalism mixed with war is really good stuff). But mostly because of the consequent non-bigotry policy on Botany. I loved that they didn't w
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Home library

The dropped survivors on Botany have come a long way from those first days when they had virtually nothing. They are living very well with many comforts of home and they are at the brink of ending the Eosi domination of several species and many planets and Kris Bjornson and Zainal are at the center of things. Making a good life on Botany isn’t enough for Zainal though. He intends to destroy the Eosi for enslaving his people for two thousand years and for enslaving o
Oct 15, 2015 MartinAndTheirBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've seen this book in the library many times, considered borrowing it because of the sci-fi sticker on the spine (which I look for) and the nice-looking spaceship on the cover. I was discouraged, though, in part by the lack of blurb, in part because it is the third part of a series, and in part because (judging by what I read on Goodreads) very political. Now I finally decided to give it a try after all, and to my surprise, it was very good!

Kris Bjornsen seemed all right. Not much to remark, a
Oct 03, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Freedom’s Challenge was very similar to Freedom’s Choice. In fact, even though I just finished it, I’m struggling trying to remember which plot points were in Choice and which ones were in Challenge. Overall, the same things I liked and disliked about Choice are the same for this one.

The plot moves FAST! The beginning moves a little slowly, to try to reorient users to what is going on and I found myself enjoying this part. It explained enough for me to understand and be invested in what was goin
Mikayla Bond
Jul 14, 2015 Mikayla Bond rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars

The alien Catteni invaded Earth and enslaved thousands of humans on the planet Botany, where they struggle to survive while colonizing the world for their overseers. Now that they’ve proved Botany is capable of sustaining life, Kris Bjornsen and her fellow settlers have no intention of surrendering the home they’ve created for themselves…

Armed with the knowledge that the true enemy behind the Catteni is the Eosi race, Kris has begun a campaign to free Botany’s settlers by raisi
Aug 11, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
Transplanted human Kris's Catteni husband Zainal pushes through his program to rid the galaxy of Eosi domination, no matter what it might cost him. After listening to the 1st two of this series, it seems I have to go on and finish it. They make good bus and lunchtime reading. The Freedom series is especially notable for its strong sense of community.
Feb 14, 2014 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed this installment of the Catteni/Freedom series more than the previous one, although many of the same flaws still apply. There are still too many characters with proper names and not enough descriptors to keep track of, and events unfold with very little in the way of real drama. When things happen, even when they are supposedly fraught with danger, they always work out with no or minimal problems, which leeches the tension away. Still, it is a light, fun read with Zainel and the other ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Savanah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: steph
this book is cool, if you don't mind a alien book. a girl that falls in love with a cati. WOW. and goes on weird an awsome adventures! trust me if you like this than you should read it!
Jul 27, 2009 Libby rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I'm disliking the writing in the series more as I reread it. Still like the characters enough to continue, plus my natural impulse is to finish a book once I've started!
Dec 28, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
(Group review for the whole series.) I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t written a Goodreads review for these books before, given that I’ve read all of them at least once. And the first time around, I wasn’t terribly impressed. I thought a lot of the plot stuff was just a bit too convenient to work as a book. Just recently, though, I decided to give the series a shot again. To my surprise, I found that it was quite enjoyable, though that doesn’t necessarily make it good. It’s just fun to read as ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 09, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Called a space opera...good word.
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Library Journal

Abandoned on the planet Botany by their Catteni masters, a group of humans and other enslaved races now seeks to reclaim their worlds for themselves. This third installment of a series that includes Freedom's Landing (LJ 4/15/95) and Freedom's Choice (LJ 5/15/97) chronicles the stages of the war for liberation, from the theft of Catteni ships to the liberation of cargoes of slave laborers to a bold strike at the heart of the oppressor. McCaffrey excels as a storyteller and

Brian Schiebout
May 27, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it liked it
Freedom's Challenge by Anne McCaffrey is the third book in the Catteni Sequence. The story continues to follow the main characters although this story focuses much more exclusively on the perspective of Kris Bjornson than either of the first two did. The colonists have come up with an audacious plan where they attempt to work with rebel groups which are active on both earth and Catten. The main focus of the book deals with the missions to Catten where Kris and her lover Zainal play important rol ...more
Annette McIntyre
A continuation of the previous two books in the series. It really helps to have read the others before you tackle this one.

Not one of Anne McCaffrey's best but a reasonable yarn none-the-less. Too many characters to keep track of and a bit of a muddly time-line at the end and a story that is a bit disjointed.
Oct 08, 2011 Mick rated it did not like it
I have read much science fiction and fantasy but I must express my utter disgust that the paper that went into making this piece of **** wasnt more recyclable which would have been its only redeeming feature. A lead female character who is a "ho"; a take your brain out and put it in a receptacle "Barbara cartland writes sci-fi" awful piece of "work" that means I will never ever touch never mind so called read another of this failed individuals impoverished works. There are other incredibly bad p ...more
Erin Edgar
Jan 10, 2012 Erin Edgar rated it it was ok
This book is the final installment of a 3-part series. I enjoyed the first book, Freedom's Landing, which dealt with enslaved human beings dropped onto a habitable planet to survive--or not--as punishment. The second and third books dealt with the struggles of humanity and the other enslaved races to regain independence. Overall, the series was readable, although far from Anne McCaffrey's best work. The third book was the least enjoyable; it read more like a newspaper account than a fictional st ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Belle rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the third of the trilogy about Earth citizens taken from the planet and dropped on a strange world by the Catteni. It's the story of making the best of a situation, love, and survival.

It's one of my favorite McCaffrey series.
Sandra Munger
Jan 27, 2016 Sandra Munger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mccaffrey
Second in a 3 part series about an attack on Earth. People from Earth are shipped to another planet. This is a story of their survival and the rebuilding of a society. They also develop plans to defeat the attackers and rescue Earth. Adventures, a little romance and a little dealing with difficult people.
Anne Taylor
Jun 04, 2016 Anne Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-anne-mccaffrey
With a bit more action than the 2nd, this continues the struggle of the colonists to stay on Botany without persecution, but follows events mostly off Botany with various other Catteni.
Sep 02, 2014 LitProfSue rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The colonists lead a revolt against the Eosi, a megalomanic race bent on controlling the universe. Familar characters and places make for a smooth fluff read.
Sep 05, 2015 Tintri rated it really liked it
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I loved this series with the Catteni, cat like people. Zainal impressed me in the first two books and in this eagerly awaited 3rd book, he's still pretty awesome. What I liked about this book is the way people came together and fought back. After reading this series, I went into a survival mode kick. I read survival books and wanted to be able to add something to the table in the event of a catastrophic event.

Kris and Zainal's relationship deepens and I see how well they work together as partner
Jan 02, 2016 Courtney rated it it was ok
After reading the first three (and skipping the fourth), I can honestly say these were a waste of time. Truthfully, I skimmed the second and third, just because I wanted to see what happened. But there was so much pointless detail that could have been cut, and there coild have been a single book instead.

What I found funny was that the story reminds me of The Swiss Family Robinson. We are stranded in a strange, unknown place? Thank goodness we have every kind of thing we could need and the people
Carol Ward
Jul 09, 2015 Carol Ward rated it really liked it
It's a real shame there are only four books in this series because I think it could have rivaled the Pern books for popularity
Mar 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
2003 grade B

Series book 3

(Note that this book is the conclusion of a serialized 3 part story.)
Anne Wright
Sep 21, 2015 Anne Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne by: Sci-fi lovers
Freedoms Challenge by Anne McCaffrey

4.75 out of 5 I loved these three books they are compelling and starts your imagination working which to my mind is what a good book should do.

Dropped onto a strange planet with 3 or 4 different alien peoples plus one of the enemy, they have to survive or die.

fortunately for them the enemy turns out to be a friend and very informative and they go from surviving to flourishing.

A really great read
Jun 18, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
A fairly good continuation about the main characters trying to defeat the Eosi.
Sep 27, 2014 Chris rated it did not like it
More of the same as the first two books. I never really felt the urgency, struggle, or close calls you might associate with a titular "Challenge." I like Kris progressively less with each book (do something stupid once and it's a plot device, do the exact stupid thing again and it shows utter lack of character growth). I've lost all respect for her. Zainal is still pretty cool. There are times when McCaffrey really belabors the point, and I can't stand that every crazy scheme goes through flawle ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
You have to be an Anne McCaffrey fan, which I am, or was. The writing is not of very high quality, but I still read three books in the series, not sure if I will read the last.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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Catteni (4 books)
  • Freedom's Landing (Catteni, #1)
  • Freedom's Choice (Catteni, #2)
  • Freedom's Ransom (Catteni, #4)

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