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Freedom's Landing

(Catteni #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,647 ratings  ·  266 reviews
The alien Catteni have attacked earth, emptying cities for slave labor. And other things.

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
Hardcover, science fiction book club edition, 277 pages
Published May 24th 1995 by Ace/Putnam (first published 1995)
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I bumped into this by accident in the library, and since McCaffrey died I’d been meaning to read something by her, and the blurb looked to be promising SF with a dash of romance I decided to take the entire series with me on Christmas break. I’m so glad I did, because I really liked this first book.
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
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really good...nice hard sci-fi with a lead female who isn't an idiot. All kinds of neat robots that groom a prison planet and a lot of discussion among mixed-species prisoners on who and how should labor be divided and such. Very cool hard science fiction with all the robots and stuff with a female lead.
I had high hopes for the premise -kidnapped outworlders abandoned on strange new planet and they have to learn to survive. I just don't think it reached its potential. The MC's were appealing but one dimensional and the dangers of the new planet were never dangerous enough. Reviews of book 2 have persuaded me that things get worse in terms of characterisation and plot so I will stop here.
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Yeahhh. So decided to spend the afternoon doing a little window shopping (viz. going online, checking out book covers (viz. specifically Michael Whelan galleries - yes one of my favourite ways to get recs lol) and series lists and author bibliographies and reading all dem reviews...) and I stumble upon this cover. There are two things things I remember when I see it: i) The year I read this book (I borrowed it from the library); and, ii) (that after I finished it) feeling sad that I would probab ...more
This is a survivalist story, about a group of humans and aliens working together to establish civilization. They fight natives, not in the form of primitive aliens, but in the form of mechanized robots that seem to farm the planet on autopilot. Who owns these machines? They don't know, but they'd love to find out.

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,
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, 2010
I've read most of what Anne McCaffrey has written, and find most of it thoroughly enjoyable fluff that I have re-read anywhere from several to many times, because it's quick, and it's like having a coffee with an old friend. I read the first three books of this series quite some time ago, and haven't touched them since. However, recently, I decided to read the fourth book, but if I was going to do that, I'd have to re-read the first three, since I barely remember them. And who knew? Maybe at thi ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Folk who like books with short words and no big ideas.
I don't know if this is crap McCaffrey or if McCaffrey is crap.
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
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Literally everything I remember about this book (we're talking about ten years since I read it here) is that the aliens are "like human men, but more so." In that they have larger penises. Because WHY NOT. /o\
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
more SiFi than fantasy to be honest. Good detail (as always) and characters are fantastic. The plot didn't really grab me, there was too much other content getting in the way (not exactly 'PG' if you know what I mean. She typically has very colorful series and characters so I have no doubt that the continuing books in this one are great, I just won't be reading them.
Mike (the Paladin)
interesting idea. Aliens abandon you on a planet where you have to survive. you find a giant mechinized farm... go from there.
Rayyan Mikati
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit biased. I loved Anne McCaffrey's "Pern" novels as a kid. A year or so ago, I discovered that McCaffrey was not an obscure, one-series author hidden in the corner of the bookstore as I once thought. When I started reading her work again, I realized how much her books had influenced my tastes- all those wonderful new planets and creatures I had been craving were because of her!

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
Nicole Jackson
One of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read it several times over the years. Love love love love love.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, works ok when read in isolation although it is very much a part of a series. Leaves you on a slight cliffhanger at the end.

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.
Kickarse Reviews
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
Kris Bjornsen was stolen from Earth and used as a slave to the ruthless Catteni, an alien race only interested in subjugating everyone under their rule. Maltreated and abused as she was, she drew the line at being a bedmate for her master so she ran away, flying the air ship and hiding out in the jungles of the alien planet, far away from starvation and the metal whips the overlords used on their slaves. She spent six months minding her own business, learning to survive on what the local fauna a ...more
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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
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ami Hoe
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: si-fi-fantasy
I enjoyed this the first time I read it. I like the plot and the characters. However when I read it again recently I paid more attention to the details of how they go about setting up thier new society and i find a lot of improbable aspects. For example they have a shortage for wood even for cooking but they manage to start smithing and a kiln. Where do they get the wood for that let alone makeing steel from iron ore which requires charcoal if you havn't got coal to "cook" carbon into the ore. a ...more
May 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
So, I've gotten 60 pages into this book and....I don't think I'll continue. I tried. Really I did.

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
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, simple. Good guys (mostly) win, some aliens are good guys, pioneering on a new planet. And if you are going to be pioneering on a new planet, the kinds of humans you want to have along are Americans, Aussies, and the Irish. That is, McCaffrey isn't afraid of being politically incorrect and uses stereotypes liberally... The only really interesting character is the alien, natch. But I like McCaffrey's story-telling, and she never hurts my brain.

This turns out to be the first of four, not sur
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this first book enough to check out the next three from the library. The series feels hollow. Many major events are not written about just spoken about in conversation and not covered well. An okay story line but not delivered well or filled out. Too many things introduced but never talked about again or developed. For such horrible events like the invasion of earth, forced pregnancy, slavery and others it was really too much Pollyanna style. Could have been a really thought provoking se ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alien, sci-fi
It's taken me awhile to finish book one. The problem is I enjoyed the first part of the story and then I was expecting romance and to connect with the characters more. What I got was an engaging sci fi story focussed more on survival and building a new society on a new planet. So I skipped ahead to book two and that was an easier read. Overall I did enjoy it and it was a 3.5* for me.
Emilee Powell
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
On further reflection, I realized that I had given this book an extra star with the expectation that the series would continue to be the same caliber or improve. My love of the Pern series gave me undue optimism. Since the second book was so dreadful that I don't intend to continue the series, I have removed the star and my original comments.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What the blinking crap was that? From the weak world-building (that I was secretly hoping would be resolved somehow) to every convenience character (we just happen to have someone who knows how to do that!) to the incredible stereotypes (ewh), I just couldn't stomach this story.
Donna Weaver
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read this one in a while. When I first read it, I liked it so well I turned around and read it again. Many years later, I find I had some issues with the narrator of the audiobook. Not horrible, but not as enjoyable as earlier.

4 1/2 stars.
I've lost track of the number of times I've re-read this book. The spine is starting to fall apart and I'm seriously looking into finding a hardcover edition. I bought the book brand new 8 years ago and have re-read the series at least once a year since.
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I love survival rebel forces. This new series from Ms. Caffrey also has cat people. I LOVE cats. This story was fast and engaging read for me. It was fast paced and I could see every place described clearly. I enjoyed ever single word in this book. I can't wait to read follow up books.
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Anne McCaffrey book, but it has a part that I felt was unnecessary and trashy. I just skipped a few pages and everything was fine fater that.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Douglas Milewski
Freedom's Landing (1995) by Anne McCaffey is an SF beach read. Give yourself enough alcohol to make anything entertaining, and you too will be entertained. Skip the alcohol, and you'll have to face the unavoidable fact that this book has almost no plot, the characters are mostly forgettable, it centers around a romance with zero spark, and the science part tops out at "solar power." Aside from that, it's a well written beach read, with a perky heroine, quippy dialog, and copious fluff. Subtract ...more
Andria Potter
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Doctor Who, Star Trek
Shelves: fantasy, survival
As I'm writing this, I'm only about half-way through with "Freedom's Choice", but it's good enough that I want to write a review now!

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
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid enough book. The setup was interesting, the set of characters intriguing at first. But then it just went nowhere. I felt like I was watching everything from the sidelines. I was told stuff happened but since I didn't get to see it, feel the tension, or even be told the details, I didn't much give a crap. The "bad guys" were all talk, they never did anything and, actually, they didn't even talk that much after a while. Interaction between the main character and everybody else was ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really expect too much when I picked this book up (after hearing some less than encouraging remarks reguarding other works of McCaffrey), but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I almost immediately got caught up in this one and ejoyed it the whole way through. While its true that the editing job was insufficient (or maybe it wasn't even proof-read after the type-setting?), I didn't think that it really took too much away from the overall story. The characters were great (I especial ...more
David Roberts
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the book Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey which is a very good science fiction that I got from a local secondhand shop. A friend of mine who is heavily into science fiction and fantasy novels reckons she is his favourite author. He also doesn't like her later books especially the ones she did with other people. I noticed in the part about her she has won the Nebula & Hugo awards for her books. This book is I think one of her earlier books and is the start of a trilogy. The ...more
From Publishers Weekly

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

Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sci-fi, romance
Setting: the planets of Brerevi and Botany, I'm not sure of the time-line, but it was contemporary to the time it was written, I think.
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
Brian Schiebout
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey is the first book in the Catteni Sequence. The book takes place in a near future world where earth has been conquered by an alien humanoid race called the Catteni. One of the first things the heavy gravity Catteni do when they conquer a world is to enslave a certain percentage of the population for work on one of their own worlds. Kristen Bjornsen was one of those captured and taken to the world of Baravi where she escaped. After rescuing a Catteni who had the ...more
Anne Wright
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Si-Fi
Freedoms Landing by Anne McCaffrey

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
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, favorites
Okay, I'm rating this high because this book was totally a favorite of mine... years and years ago. It was one of the first books on tape (yes, tape) that I ever owned (unabridged even). And I have the series in hardcover. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've read this book.

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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has a good premise but I'm not really feeling it. Not sure how to explain but it just feels overall unsatisfying, both plot and characters.

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
This was an okay book. I won't be reading further because I have problems with the next book in the series. (view spoiler)

Anyway, Other reviewers' comments that the survival stuff is pretty unrealistic. I kind of found
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This science fiction survival story has an interesting premise where a humanoid mercenary race called Catteni enslave the species that they conquer and drop them on seemingly inhabitable planets to see if the prisoners can survive. This occurred to the humans on Earth when the Catteni arrived and captured the inhabitants of fifty different cities over the planet, a method used to subdue any indigenous people the Catteni encountered in their space travels. Kristin Bjornsen was one such person tha ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popsugar-2019
I'm just going to go ahead and predict that this will be my least favorite read of the year...

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
Peter Walton-Jones
I have never read anything by Anne McCaffrey before...but knowing that she is a prolific writer of fantasy novels was pretty obvious from the long line up with her name it on that particular library shelf. This book is part one of a series set in a future time when the earth has been over-run by the Catteni people who have enslaved large chunks of the human population. In fact they seem to be doing this on a large scale throughout space. The "people" in this story have been dumped on a supposedl ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first came across this book in a library when I was in middle school but I never finished reading it and with it being so long, it was pretty much new to me minus knowing Kris was stuck on a planet similar to Earth in being able to sustain life but different in most other ways.

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
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ My home library.

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)
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, why did I only give two starts to a story that I would normally have given three stars to?

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
Sherrill Watson
Kristen was put into suspended animation and dumped on a planet that had water and little else. She learns that it was done by the Catani, a senior captain of sorts, one of whom is trapped there with her. Periodically there are others dumped there, some of which live, and together they learn that the planet is being cultivated for future colonization by the Catani. However the takeover on Earth isn't going well for them, Kristen and Zainal are learning more and more about this planet, and by the ...more
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
Esta es la primera parte de una aventura ínter-espacial donde los seres humanos aprenden de que no están solos en el espacio y que no sus armas no son efectivas para luchar contra seres que han decidido que los humanos son la nueva especie a convertir a la esclavitud.
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
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked on this series immediately. I remember hoping it would become a series and being delighted when it did. I love tales of people thrust into unforseeable circumstances with the world turned upside down, and how they tackle their problems and use their skills, environment, and each other to survive.

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
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A light, enjoyable romp through a new world. Earth, along with countless other planets, has been invaded by an alien race known as the Catteni and citizens from various Earth cities have been plucked from their homes to be used as slave labor. Another fate lies in store for the resourceful woman Kris Bjorsen, the Catteni overlord Zainal whose she saves, and a motley crew of humans and aliens: colonization. Kris and her companions are dropped off and expected to tame a new world by their Catteni ...more
Tiffany I liked this book but I didn't love it. I sooo wanted to love it but alas I did not. The story seemed really interesting and as a science fiction freak I was crazy excited to read this series. Truth be told I'm glad I read it, but....for me the writing really wasn't all that great. In some places it was actually fairly distracting. The thing that bothered me most was the weird way the characters individual voices changed. By voices I don't mean their actual voices of course but rather th ...more
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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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