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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,717 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Sara had been torn from Earth by a nameless black force and taken to Lothar where she was forced to care for a strange man, who she discovered was the Regent. She escaped in panic, and become a fugitive in a world of multiple evils....
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1967)
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Aug 15, 2012 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2010 Tandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Hamilton
Dec 24, 2011 Paul Hamilton rated it it was ok
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
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
Sep 02, 2011 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I read this several decades ago but remember little about it. Looking forward to reading this again.
Aug 25, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carolyn F.
Dec 30, 2013 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 04, 2009 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I remember being thrilled with this book when I first read it in the early 80s. Even though I knew it was slightly pulp fiction...with a lack of science or philisopical depth. It was just a fun adventure, made hugely better due to a kick ass heroine. Boy have my perceptions changed!

This was long before Buffy. Kick ass heroines were thin on the ground in all strains of fiction then, most particularly in SF. So, this book felt revelatory with a woman at the center - and an intelligent, competent
Peter Dunn
Oct 05, 2009 Peter Dunn rated it it was ok  ·  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
-¿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
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
Mar 12, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is an oldie, but goody. It is an excellent blend of science fiction and romance genres. I liked the main characters and found the alien culture interesting and understandable as I was seeing it through Sara's eyes and she was from Earth. Did it feel a bit dated? Sure, but so am I. I like "girl meets boy (alien), falls in love, lives happily ever after" types of romances. And there are enough SF themes (alien abduction, alien culture) and suspense (will Sara be outed?, how will the pol ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 13, 2016 Bethack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, y-a
when I first read this book in the early 70's it was five stars in my mind. New and exciting science fiction for women. Sadly it has not held up over the years and this reading I felt it was three stars. So I split the difference. It might be that I read and enjoyed so many of her books and her writing grew so much over the years that I had different expectations this time. Still a good read.
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Girl abducted by aliens. It’s the classic Golden Age science-fiction cliche; you immediately think of Flash Gordon, Forbidden Planet or any of a number of pulp-SF books whose covers feature an alien holding a fainting (but sexy) woman.

Restoree was Anne McCaffrey’s feminist “jab at the way women were portrayed in science-fiction.”* In it, she thumbed her nose at the stereotype of the helpless girl whose only purpose in the story is to give the hero someone to rescue. Women in Golden Age science f
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
Douglas Milewski
Restoree (1967) by Anne McCaffrey is a science-fiction romance that's well worth overlooking in Anne's corpus. However, anyone interested in Pern would do well do read it, for in this unengaging work lies the seeds to Pern.

The plot revolves around Sara, who was kidnapped from Earth, only to come to her senses on an alien planet caring for a patient in a mental asylum. This man turns out to be the future man for Sara, more important to the future of this planet than she knows.

This book is a perio
Apr 24, 2008 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
May 05, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
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.

May 09, 2016 KiplingKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Well, it's an interesting story of a human suddenly thrust into the political machinations of the ruling class of a different world. And it's entertaining. Taken at face value, it's an enjoyable book.

However, the characters were a bit flat and there were some parts that irked me. First, how the heroine is suddenly transformed from Plain Jane into the most beautifulist alien ev-VAR! At this jaded point, it's a kind of sexist cliche. Second, the sexist world, bordering on neanderthal, she's had fa
Brian Schiebout
Jun 18, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 01, 2015 Kaylynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
I found this book problematic because of the behavior of the protagonist, who is firmly a product of when the book was written (1967). Sara starts the story in shock, understandable when the reader learns what she has gone through, but spends much of the story relying emotionally and mentally on the men around her. She is competent and several things, managing to save the day, but she never thinks of herself as competent, which consistently undermines her own abilities. She cries, is easily over ...more
Simon Mcleish
Dec 12, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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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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.

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