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Restoree

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,240 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Sara has been a "plain" girl... but now she was not.

She had been a human on Earth... but now she was not.

She had certainly been alive... now she didn't know.

The only thing Sara felt sure of was that she knew more than anyone else suspected she did.

And that she had to get out -- from whereever, or whatever, she was.
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Published 1967 by Ballantine
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Caroline
I read this mostly as a historical analysis of science-fiction as it was the first book published by Anne McCaffrey in 1967. (She has said that she wrote it in response to the misogynistic tropes of 1960s science-fiction where women were helpless addendums to the male-driven plot.) Reading it almost 50 years later), the actions of the female protagonist are still completely dictated by the alien men in the story. Yes, the protagonist is head-strong and capable (she can sail a ship and saves the ...more
Kristina
I loved this book so much I stole it from my college roommate. I reasoned that she didn't love it as much as I did (she really didn't) and she'd probably just throw it away or leave it behind at the end of the semester anyway, so...I borrowed it and never returned it. I was right to do so. She turned into a colossal jerk and our friendship ended. But my love for the book remains! This is one of the coolest books I've ever read. I love the premise and the adventures. It's like two stories in one. ...more
Shannon
Wow! This book still stands up today! Written in '67 it's a good, solid sci fi romance. I first read this as a teenager in the '80's. I loved it then and I love it now. Fun to reread something I enjoyed as a kid and enjoyed it just as much as an adult. This one would make a great movie! I haven't read Ms. McCaffrey in a long time but she used to be one of my top 10 authors. It's too bad it's so hard to find books like this today. This is one of those books that needs to be "rediscovered" by read ...more
Tandy
This will be my 3rd go around of this book. It has been several years since I last read it and from what I remember, I really liked it. We'll see if my tastes have changed.

Update --- Just finished reading and I still love this book. I've often wished that Anne would have written a sequel or at least continued on for a few more chapters. Granted there are a few corny lines and at times I found myself skipping a few paragraphs because there was too much description on the scenery (which often bore
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Andrea
I came up with this longterm plan to read Anne McCaffrey's Pern series so willy nilly I started picking up her books in second hand shops. The willy nilly aspect led to me buying more than a couple of books not in the Pern universe. And this little gem seemed like as good a place to start reading McCaffrey as any.

While I wasn't blown away by "Restoree", I liked it well enough. It's a sci fi romance, with emphasis on sci fi. I haven't read a lof of sci fi and certainly not from the 60's but I tho
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Andrea
Sara, a country girl living in New York City, is kidnapped by aliens intent on stocking their larder. After the horrors of a human abattoir, she comes gradually to her senses to find herself playing nurse to a non-responsive patient, on a different planet, with a new face. And discovers that her charge is being deliberately drugged into insensibility...

"Restoree" is one of the earliest examples of science fiction romance. The romance itself is not too bad - a little overly quick to establish, bu
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Rhonda
I have read this book several times and I can't seem to get enough of it. I read somewhere that McCaffrey wrote this book because she was tired of not seeing strong female characters in sci fi/fantasy stories. I don't know if that's true, but I like the fact that Sarah is a librarian and just happens to have the knowledge or skills needed by Harlan during their lucky escape. She didn't start out a beauty, but ends up one on this new planet and handles the new attention well. When I need a shot o ...more
Jim
The edition I read was, I think, the first paperback edition. It was the first book I read by her & I'd call it a SF Romance. I really liked it, although it is kind of a hackneyed plot. Alien abduction & a Prince riding to the rescue. I can't really give it 4 stars, although I'd like to because of the place it holds in my reading - an early step to her work.
Olethros
-¿Se puede luchar contra ciertos estereotipos mientras se usan sin el menor pudor?.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Una mujer que camina por Central Park sufre una extraña y desagradable experiencia que la mantiene en un estado de duermevela onírico. Cuando despierta, está en otro lugar, otro planeta, en el que hay algún tipo de guerra y en el que se mantienen unas costumbres distintas y extrañas a las que nuestra protagonista debe acostumbrarse poco a poco, igual que a su nueva ocupa
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Carolyn F.
I can't believe this book was written in 1967 because except for a few small things it felt like a modern sci-fi book. I'm finally starting to read this author's books and loved this one. Seems like a precursor to modern sci-fi romance books.
Paul Hamilton
Usually when I'm going to review a book, I'll start writing it around the 2/3rds mark. By then, I have a pretty good handle on the plot, the writing style and I can get my initial impressions down, so that when I finish the book, I simply do the edit/rewrite and add the conclusion based on how it all turns out. But with Anne McCaffrey's Restoree, I hit that point and realized I had no idea how I felt about the book yet. Then I read to about the 75% mark and still wasn't sure how I felt. It wasn' ...more
April
Anne McCaffrey has been one of my favorite science fiction authors, and I'll read almost anything by her. This is one of her older books, one I'd never even heard of, and I found it at a used book store that's going out of business.

Like many of her books, this one follows one main character in a very wide-ranging story. By wide-ranging, I mean that it usually involves a lot of characters on a strange new planet and all the geopolitics and alien technologies that go with that. The world building
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Peter Dunn
Oct 05, 2009 Peter Dunn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Anne McCaffrey fans only
One of those rare occasions where I decided to read a book based on its cover (not the one depicted here) and its rear blurb – however my reading experience proved once more that that is not a great way to choose a book.

To be fair this is one of Anne McCaffrey's earliest books and the the first page was superb and intriguing and showed much of the great talent she later developed. However after that first page the story quickly fell away into corny storylines and clichéd dialogue. One learned l
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Likethereporter
I can't figure out how to review this book without spoiling the plot. So just picture quirked eyebrows, and me saying, "Huh. THAT's the big, terrible taboo? And nobody else in this society has ever before thought, "Geesh, maybe being captured and chopped apart by man-eating aliens Would be sorta traumatic -- ?
And... seriously, these separately-evolved-on-different-planets species of people are so similar they can't tell each other apart? And the culture of this alien planet is practically Europe
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Mara
Sep 18, 2011 Mara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: Gail Carriger
Shelves: science-fiction
Good thing that kindle books do not show the cover to full effect. I might not have read this book, and it would have been a pity.

Even if clearly dated (the women portrayal is soo passé :), I read it easily and with gusto. The world building is intense and is a pity it's not the beginning of a series, given the amount of work Ms Anne McCaffrey has put into this book.

A closing note:
I'm still not sure what exactly a restoree is or why she's always hungry, and some things are a bit cheesy, (ugly
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The Book Eaters
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Restoree is the tale of Sara, a girl escaping the drudgery of country life in order to study in New York, who gets swept up in a mass alien abduction by a race intent on, essentially, restocking their larder. She witnesses all sorts of horrific sights in what amounts to a human abattoir which sends her into deep shock. When she recovers her sense of self, she finds herself on what she knows to be an alien (alb
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Samantha
Part of the 2015 Reading Challenge: A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't know what to expect from the beginning, and it certainly was an interesting tale. I think a part of my uncertainty comes from the ending of the book. It doesn't demand a sequel, but it feels like there should be one. Still, the loose ends of the book are wrapped up enough you can guess at the outcomes of various events. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

I
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Jamie Moynihan
Sara is the protagonist. She gradually awakens confused with chopped up memories of her recent past. She is in a skin that isn't her own on a planet filled with very human humanoid aliens. She is the keeper of a drugged man and with her returning faculties she resolves to help him return to his normal self. It turns out this man is a deposed Regent and Sara is immediately swept up in his escape and into the politics of this world.

Sara starts out with agency, but this is brief, for soon she beco
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

A common theme in science fiction and fantasy - and one which succeeds admirably in attracting would be escapists to the genre - is the sudden travel of a normal person to an alien environment. It also, in the science fiction context, ties in with the idea of alien abductions, though this is something that has become much more widely talked about since Restoree was published.

What McCaffrey does in Restoree is an unusual version of this idea. Th
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Sue CCCP
2.5 Stars

My full review: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

I first read this title in the late 1980s when I was first introduced to Ms McCaffrey’s writing by my husband to be. In fact, I think it was actually the very first of her works that I tried, which makes me realize how much my tastes have changed since then. Unlike The Ship Who Sang and Dragonflight, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed when I reread them recently, I was amazed that I had ever liked this title at all.

The premise is v
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Gabriel
Mar 10, 2014 Gabriel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Mills-and-Boon style romance, and light-weight science fiction
Recommended to Gabriel by: I recommended it to myself after reading the blurb
The book opens with an intense scene, filled with tension and action, which made me unable to put it down until I had, at the very least, finished the first chapter. From about the third chapter, however, it tends to spiral a little, to my disappointment. When I reached the end of the book I found that a lot of the details of the plot had been left unexplained, unfinished, or just plain contradicted. Also, I agree with some other reviewers on the protagonist not really being that strong, as a pe ...more
Brian Schiebout
Restoree by Anne McCaffrey is a science fiction story which was written in the late sixties. The main character of the story is Sara, who was kidnapped from Earth by the Mil and rescued by a very humanoid alien race. As the story begins she is in total shock from the experience of being skinned alive and is amazed to find herself in a mental asylum on the home planet of her rescuers. However she soon finds herself involved in dangerous intrigue as who is the nurse of the former regent of the pla ...more
Robert
Apr 24, 2008 Robert rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women with some taste for sci-fi
Recommended to Robert by: no one, it was laying around the house along with better and als
It has been a long time but what I recall is: A so-so science fiction novel but mainly a sort of intergalactic gothic romance. The protagonist is a woman who has been chopped up by predatory aliens but was rescued and skillfully reassembled (hence the title, she was restored) to do menial labor in some sort of hospital. Somehow she manages to break the hold of the medicated food she is supposed to eat and escapes. She soon meets with a dashing man with really superior lovemaking skills and the a ...more
Blake
I read in an interview that McCaffrey wrote this in response to the late 60's semi- porn/sci-fi fad. It's a true tribute. Like the Pern books (also loved and re-read on a yearly basis) but without the world building, dragons and depth that went into characters that should have been one dimensional but somehow weren't...
There really is no reason for reading this book unless you first read it when you were twelve but I still love it the way i still love the Jude Deveraux Velvet series.
Jacey
This was the first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read and this review is all about the impression this book made on my twenty-some year old self. I loved the concept - the character undergoes a complete metaorphosis. She wakes in a new body, on a alien planet, apparently in some facility where she is no more than a mindless drone. But unlike the other drones she still has personality and free will which she is able to hide from her captors until she can make her escape, rescuing another prisoner, u ...more
Belle
Hands down, one of my favorite McCaffrey stories. It's dated horribly but I still love it.

Sara awakes on a foreign planet, with a foreign language and customs to learn. She finds that she is in position to help someone who is with her, but she doesn't know why they are in captivity.

This is a book I pull out every few years to reread because it's fun.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Romantic Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance
This was Anne McCaffrey's first book, and still in print after fifty years. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to her. This doesn't have the awesome world building that make her Pern Dragon books, or her Crystal books, or her Ship books special. A lot in the plot is pretty creaky. Much more romance novel in feel than something you find in the science fiction section (See, cover, at least in my edition, of woman held in man's arms.) Woman is abducted by aliens and finds herself in new bod ...more
Kim
Last year I revisited some of the books I remembered and loved as a teenager and young adult. One of those books was Restoree by Anne McCaffrey. This was one of her first novels, if not her first novel and I had vivid memories of several scenes in this book. I read once that McCaffrey was inspired to write this book because she wanted to write a book with an active heroine. For the most part she succeeds. Unfortunately, I marked this three instead of four stars because the ending was much weaker ...more
Nakki
Turned out to be a surprisingly fantastic book. I hated the first couple of chapters. I really dislike being dropped into a scene, especially one that takes 3 or 4 chapters to resolve itself. The only thing that got me through this book was knowing I had to read it for my book club. But about half way through, it turned into the standard awesome strong female being badass archetype she loves.

7 Vanyels The Restoree was a great female character once she regained her mind
7 Moonwinds A confusing jum
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Ellen Bleaney
A really fascinating piece of genre history. This book isn't really anything special, from the modern reader's viewpoint, but it's still worth reading for what it was: a pointed challenge to the way women were portrayed in science fiction at the time.
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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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