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The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey
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Jul 05, 2017

it was amazing
Read in July, 2017 , read count: 1

A 3-year old is trapped inside a capsule in a mudslide that destroys her entire village. An entire planet hears her crying. Thus, the tale of an unknown child from the destroyed village of Rowan begins.

As usual, McCaffrey spins an enticing yarn filled with emotions and wonder. In a world where psi powers are treasured, "the Rowan" is one of the most powerful of the lot, a "T1" or "Prime", capable of moving heavy objects over light years in just a matter of seconds, as well as telepathy (such as taking orders from the boss of FTT, her employer).

Things proceed with the usual annoyances of personal relationships until an alien threat appears. Then it gets hairy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story (another McCaffrey page-turner). The only problem I had with it was the work schedule on Callisto (one of Jupiter's moons) which is controlled by the planet itself being "in the way" for direct transports. The story makes it sound like a 24-hour "day", but Callisto orbits Jupiter in 16.69 days. If you can ignore that, it's a great story.

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