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Freedom's Landing

(Catteni #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,359 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Kristin Bjornsen lived a normal life, right up until the day the spaceships floated into view above Denver. As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning…

The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves—and Kristin has managed to survive her enslavement w
Mass Market Paperback, Ace Mass Market Edition, 324 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Ace (first published 1995)
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Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good science fiction yarn marred by excessive profanity, especially of the blasphemous variety.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
I have no complaints 🙂.
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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,
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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\ ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I first discovered McCaffrey when I picked up one of the Pern books - and became totally hooked on the series. But only been quite recently that I've branched out and tried her other books.

I can't say that this one grabbed my attention as much as the first ever Dragon book. Don't get me wrong - I liked it and enjoyed reading it, but somehow the story just never seemed to get going. Oh, Botany has it's dangers and its mysteries, but everything just seems a tad too easy. I'm sure if an actual
Rayyan Mikati
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This was really a strange story. I was not like any of the author’s stories that I had read before. I definitely liked the MC female lead. I liked the MC alien male too, but where is this story going? More alien races than one can shake a stick at and our MCs have been dumped on an alien planet to punish them. They are there to die or survive, seemingly. They are to colonize the planet? The MC’s alien race keeps on dumping load after load of humans and other aliens onto the planet. A planet that ...more
Nicole Jackson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read it several times over the years. Love love love love love.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A compulsive read. Once I start it I just keep going through the series.

Read 4 times, listened 7 times
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars , enjoyed the story but dragged and had to force to keep picking back up.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
JV  Findlay
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
The Heroine Bookstore
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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 disc
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Ami Hoe
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised

This was a little bit outside what I normally read but I enjoyed it. The story has a nice blend of different species while remaining connected to humans and humanoid forms that it was easy to form appearances in one's minds eye. The plot is steady and has direction. Enough to know where the story might be heading. There is a lot of detail into these worlds and experiences to make it believable enough to comprehend easily. Good humor and opposition to make things interestingly
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
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. ...more
Emilee Powell
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. ...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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