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Crossfire by Nancy Kress
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Aug 08, 2009

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bookshelves: science-fiction

Having liked her most recent so much, I decided to try another. This was okay.
A group of a couple thousand humans set off for a far away planet called Greentrees. This private venture consists of the partners who made it happen, a group of New Quakers, one thousand Cheyenne, Chinese refugees, a deposed Saudi Prince and his retinue, and many more. Earth in this near future is suffering the effects of industrialization and climate change as governments fall in the face of natural disasters and economic crashes.
Greentrees--uninhabited according to probes--represents a chance to start over, especially for the groups leader, Jake, who is running from a crime.
The journey there is briefly covered and they are soon setting up the new colony. The Cheyenne set off for another ocntinent to re-live the old ways in a new place.
Soon, life forms are discovered nearby: dubbing them Furs, the colonists come across fur-covered bi-peds with tails who exhibit different behaviors depending on which village they visit. But they are not indigenous to the planet....
When the non-DNA based "Vines" show up and explain about the war the "Furs" have declared, things become clearer before ethically muddy.
Decent backstory on various characters gives a little more depth than most SF books.

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