The Tower and the Hive (The Tower and the Hive #5)
Within the first 20 pages, three main characters sit around and summarize the series so far. They're not doing this to catch up a third party; they're literally sitting around and telling each other their own family history. Thian actually says to his brother and first cousin: "...they had met their match in Jeff Raven and Angharad Gwyn aka The Rowan..." It would be like me meeting up with my cousins and saying "And then our grandmother, the Irishwoman Eileen aka Lee, m ...more
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The Talents of FT&T along with the Space Navy and the Mrdini continue to identify all of the Hiver worlds. They need to find as many as possible and figure out a way to keep the Queens from leaving and wiping out other worlds. The descendants of the Rowan and Jeff Raven hold many of the top positions of Prime and the untalented say the Gwyn-Raven line holds too many powerful positions. However, no other single family has produced so many Primes and it’s a ma ...more
The fifth, concluding, novel in The Tower and the Hive sequence is, unfortunately, something of a disappointment, even in a series which has already declined from its best. The books are among McCaffrey's most juvenile and have few redeeming features other than being fun to read.
The plot continues the story of the telepaths' leading of the resistence to the genocidal attacks on human and Mrdini planets of the insectile Hivers. The issues raise ...more
Reading it so close to the others there are glaring mistakes in time lines (give up trying to work out how long a plot takes) and in character background compared to what was mentioned earlier.
The story wraps up most time lines wonderfully whilst leaving it open for future children and a life time of space travel.
I thought it was a great read, although the end did feel like there could be another novel after. The big problems get dealt with - but the social issues seem like there could be future problems for FT&T.
I feel a little more charitable about the Laria and Kincaid subplot. ...more
And not only that, now there are no longer any need for Mrdini to “go on the line” in the space ships, their worlds are becoming dangerously overpopulated as well. Z ...more
I found in hard to be really interested in the more shipboard storylines in this book. I was much more interested in Larias story which was a change for me from the last book. I would have liked to have seen more from this aspect and I felt that her story was left incomplete.
At times the s ...more
The book itself wasn't horrible, it just felt very rushed. She had so many characters that she bounced from one point of view to the next without warning. Because of this the sequence of events was often jumbled and many characters were ...more
There were a lot of moments where things didn't really make sense in the Talents dealings on the Hive worlds and I don't think I feel satisf ...more
I enjoyed reading about the Gwyn-Raven(Lyon) grandkids who carry-on in their grandparent's footsteps.
Gets off to a bit of slow start, explaining prior events in this world, but soon gets going with full-blown McCaffrey soap-opera.
This book ties up the loose plot arcs of the previous books. It also includes a new twist or two of its own,but does a good job of bringing the series to a close.
I have only two issues. 1) Mcaffery's way of dealing with homosexuality and 2) the ebook version I got needs a good editor as it has a lot of formatting issues, some of which cause confusion.
Much had been done to limit and destroy the powers of the terrible Hivers, who
had torn through space, annihilating every living thing that stood in their way.
But still the Alliance had to discover the whereabouts of every last Hiver world
and stop the Queens from further colonization.
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 ...more