It is very similar to John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation and probably an intentional remake of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy like Scalzi's was. Did these authors decide to compete for who could do a better remake? It was very entertaining none the less. I listed to this one too out of curiosity, since it was on super sale, to see who's was better, This version was great! But I think maybe Scalzi's was a little better. This was a little more series and Scalzi has more humor.
I like that this book gives some background to the Honor Harrington series. It was nice to find out how human-tree cat relationships began.
I could see this was going to be a good concept at the start. I didn't think the character was as intelligent as some of the others Weber has written about. But she is young, and acted accordingly. I do hope there are more to come. And that the story is expanded even more, as these are the stories I love to hear.
senior sci-fi connoisseur
I bought this book for the simple reason that I buy everything that this author writes. I did not realize that this book, whose primary protagonist is a 13-14 year old female, would not carry the tale of the tree cats, introduced in the popular Honor Harrington series, to the time when they would be highly considered and accepted by the Manticorian Navy. With just one real evil villain, it does tell the story of how humans and tree cats first met with no sex and no bad-words included. This would be a good book for a scifi leaning preteen.
As I have been reading all the books in David Weber's Honor Harrington series over the last few months, I was hesitant to pick up this audio book due to Harrington fatigue. Still, when I seen it on sale I had to give it a go. While this book is more aimed at younger readers, it takes a look at the history of Treecats which is something that is interesting.
This book looks at the society that forms when all the members are empaths as their world is being invaded by mind-blind creatures. The parts of the book that are written from the treecat point of view are some of the more thought-provoking parts of the book. I did find their acceptance of the evils of humanity to be a bit of a stretch though. The fact that Climbs Quickly instantly takes a dislike to someone because he can tell the words coming out of his mouth don't match his mental state did match my personal view of how an empath would feel about lying. A society where lying is nearly impossible would be drastically different from our society.
The story is rather on the simple side and is fairly predictable, but it was still fairly entertaining to listen to. The motivation for the villain is simply greed, but the underlying societal causes of that greed are examined. As light reading/listening material, this book is great. There are a lot of though-provoking elements for younger readers and the universe is interesting enough that I will likely listen to the upcoming books in this series when they are released.
Avid Audible Subscriber...
Really liked this book. It is a introduction to a new planet and a new species. Only wish Audible had the rest of this series! I have not listened to David Weber's other books but I will have to explore.
I only listen to unabridged audio books, because I want to get the full story as the author intended, not a chopped up version. I wouldn't say that the audio book edition is better or worse because it has the exact same words in it. It can definitely be more convenient though, since it's it hard to read a book while driving, etc.
I like Stephanie because she reminds me a lot of Honor, and it's mostly about telling her story.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to think when I saw that Khristine Hvam was reading this book (hopefully this series). I've listened to the entire Honor Harrington series read by Allyson Johnson, and was expecting to have this done by her as well. I think that Khristine did a wonderful job though, and it does make sense to have a different reader do the prequel series of Star Kingdom.
Most good books/stories are, and this one was no exception. I mostly listen to books while walking to/from work or exercising, and I found myself looking for reasons to do those activities to listen more.
Excellent book, can't wait to read/listen to the rest of the series.
I loved the story, I am hoping my 10 year-old-daughter will listen too.
The girl was terrific, Steffanie. SHe is a great, brave, and tenatious character which is just what tree cats seem to like.
No, but she is almost as good at the reader of the Honor series.
both in several places.
THis book was set way before the Honor Harrington character, the girl in the book is actually an ancestor several generations before Honor and the first persone to ever be adopted by a tree cat and this is the story about how humans and tree cats first made friends. Its a wonderful adventure and a great story!!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Khristine Hvam did an excellent job narrating this story. Stephanie Harrington had been mentioned in the Honor series and I am so glad to see David Weber is going back to tell her story. This story tells about the discovery of the tree cats and the beginning of their relationship with the Harrington's. This is suppose to be for teens but adults will enjoy it as well. This is a must for all the Honor fans. I just can not wait for the next book in this series. I do hope it is just the beginning of a delightful series.