Kris Bjornsen has been taken captive and finds herself dumped with many others on an empty planet--but one of the Catteni masters missed his ride back. Now Kris takes on a leadership role and has to help figure out how to protect these people and also what to do with the Catteni trappe ...more
It dives right in when Kris an escaped human slave on a strange planet, encounters Zainal, a Catteni (the aliens who invaded Earth and took a bunch of humans off-planet as slaves), who is on the run ...more
The group has to deal with plenty of normal concerns, as well as hostility toward the Catteni (the race that invaded Earth), Zainal, who is deposited with them. Kris, a survival expert, ...more
Let's see if I can sum up in 10 points:
10. The characters are stereotypes (Sarge, who lacked only a cigar to chew on); strong silent male love interest; attractive, outgoing female lead; wince-worthy black character (the happy cook who talks like he's about whip on a do-rag and call all the white folks "massa baas"); helpless, eye-batting female sidekick; male creeper (helpfully named "Dick"). This is more or less the cast of charact ...more
Onto this one. I haven't finished this series yet but if this first book is anything to go on, it's looking to b ...more
Reads fast. Reads a bit like a teen/YA book in its flow and simplicity, but some subject matter not appropriate for a teen book.
Aliens have scooped up huge portions of Earth's population and made them slaves, Kristin (Kris) Bjornsen being one of them. Nine months later she's living out of her stolen flitter on an alien planet, with no intention of living as a slave again. Then a chance encounter with a Catteni noble, Zainal, gets her captured again. And the Catteni have a unique way of getting rid of troublesome slaves. They have disco ...more
I had high hopes for this book since I like The Dragonriders of Pern but this book falls far short.
The basic premise is that humans have been enslaved by a race called the Cattani. The first human we meet is Kris who has escaped and is living in a jungle. A crashed ship draws her attention and she finds a Cattani injured. She helps him but he tries to attack her so she knocks him out and tries to l ...more
This turns out to be the first of four, not sur ...more
4 1/2 stars.
Anne McCaffrey's book is set (I think) sometime in the distant future, when our world is overrun by aliens without any warning. Fast, efficient, and determined-they snag a bunch of humans, as well as other aliens from various other planets, and deposite them to live together for a time on an alien world. I don't think that this snippet is really all that spoilery ...more
With a tale of human and other slaves abandoned by harsh masters on an ostensibly deserted planet, McCaffrey begins another highly readable series about successful survival in difficult circumstances. Kristin Bjornsen, an escaped human slave on the planet Barevi, saves one of the Catteni masters, Zainal, from being killed in a blood feud. When she tries to return him to the capital city, she is caught in a roundup of troublemakers designated for colonization duty. Among t
Genre: Sci/fi, adventure, a touch of romance
Have you ever read a book by an author you spent your adolescence with and the "new" book turns out to be less than you expected? Yeah, this is like that. This was published in 1995 (though the origin was from a story written in the 70's). I couldn't find any reference that her son, Todd, collaborated on this, though a ...more
Almost 5 out of 5
An invasion on earth and the resistance to the aliens are creating havoc, out of a terrible need to show power and domination the aliens capture people who they feel are working to undermine there take over of the planet.
What they do with these captives once they have them is drop them on a planet that is unoccupied with a blanket, utensils and a few other items for there survival - what they don't know is the planet has a deadly creature that ...more
The story: Kris was abducted in Denver when Earth (Terra) was attacked by aliens. Later, in Barevi, she steals a ground ship (this isn't spoilers, it all happens in the first paragraph), but then... the story reall ...more
I have some specific gripes though:
It's not alien enough. They've been dropped on an alien world but everything is just like home only slightly different. I don't have a clear idea of what the slightly different things like animals and whatnot look like, even. What does a Deski look like? I know it can climb and something about having thin limbs, but I hav ...more
Anyway, Other reviewers' comments that the survival stuff is pretty unrealistic. I kind of found ...more
Okay, let's not waste more time than necessary on this awful mess of a novel. I'll be frank and say that I hate Anne McCaffrey's writing style. Hate it!! The sentence structure is skewed and convoluted, to the point where I would read the same sentence eight times and still not know what the author meant because she was trying way too hard to be clever. On top of this, there were some very awkward excl ...more
Anne had a way with telling stories and this book was just as enjoyable as the other books I've read of hers. It's an interesting concept of people being plucked from different planets, made to work under harsh condition ...more
Kris Bjornsen was going about her day at Denver University when the Catteni attacked Earth. Scooping up citizens by the thousands from 50 cities around the world the Catteni ships took their new slaves to Barevi, a planet used by the Catteni for R&R and a depot for their purloined goods from around the galaxy. Kris manages to escape her new ‘master’ and is hiding out in the wilds of Barevi when a chance encounter with Zainal, an Emassi (or high ranking Catteni) ...more
The answer is simple: the second book.
Let this be a warning to all of you that are impressed by the relatively rare female protagonist in this book that is independent, proactive and smart, that is not reliant on a man and that can think for herself.
I repeat, let this be a warning.
If this is why you are interested in this book then stop right here. Do not continue to read the next book. Do not ruin i ...more
Presentando esa premisa y a nuestros dos protagonistas principales: Kristin y Zainal sabemos que esta historia no será principalmente acerca de un romance entre dos culturas entre mundos distintos, sino de supervivencia, ingenio y ...more
Aliens have invaded earth. Kris has been enslaved like many others and transported far away to another planet. Through some coincidences, she is rounded up with hundreds of other slaves, hu ...more
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