Rated G, no swearing, no sex and a close family. This is a perfect book to read for a break from graphic books. A young girl discovers a new species and she tries to protect the tree-cats from scientists and others who would exploit them. I enjoyed the story, there were predictable outcomes but so do many books and movies that I still enjoy.
Discovery, struggle, adventure
Stefanie Harrington of coarse! A deep well rounded character.
Khristine Hvam did an excellent job doing all the characters. She is certainly becoming one of my favorite narrators.
Sure if only I had that much time.
I hope this "pre Honor Harrington" series can continue to flourish. I have listened to this book and the next book Fire Season. Thus far I have thoroughly enjoyed them both.
Actually listened twice! A great insight into what an intelligent alien species might decide about humans. Well narrated. will buy next book in the series, and hope more will come.
I admit I am a Weber fan. Even though I'm 80 and this book is labelled as for young adults, I refuse to be stuck in some publisher-invented category, and more or less told what to read. A good author means good writing, and good writing is precious.
I wonder what influence Jane Lindskold had on the great Weber? Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of what she contributed to this wonderful story, but it's so subtle it never gosmacks you.
One thing I did, after finishing this remarkable story of a very young Stephanie Harrington meeting and bonding with an alien species, was to rush right out and visit my local bookstore to buy copies of both this book and the sequel to it. They're for my 13-year-old grandaughter, Roya. I know she will just devour this adventure.
Still, beneath the young adult label, is a serious story of first contact; of concern for human-alien connections; of deep feeling for the environment; and of the sensibilities of a young girl of great natural intelligence growing up. Although I see the reason for the category label, the Weber/Lindskold collaboration never lets the adventure drop to the mundane level. Occasional "Aw Daaads!" didn't faze me as an adult reader. I recognize them all too well from young adulthood when I was raising my own family. Still, if you're a purist and allow yourself to be put on by publisher's well meaning attempts to categorize you, you might find them a bit off-putting--no criticism of the authors.
The narration is crisp and clean, and the characterizations drawn beautifully by a feminine voice with a wonderful range, and able to change character instantly. So "huzzah" for David Weber and Jane Lindskold. May they continue to write wonderful adventures in the young adult category for this 80-year-old young-at-heart. And kudos to Khristine Hyam for a wonderful read!
library technician & reader of speculative fiction: alternate realities, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, time-travel, etc.
Yes. I thought it was a really original story with good narration.
Stephanie Harrington, the protagonist. She was very believable as a character, and had interesting development.
Definitely, but I usually can't.
Well up in the top 5 percent.
I think when Stephanie was injured and Lionheart protected her.
A tossup between Stephanie and Lionheart.
I have already gotten the second book. I also tried the Honor Harrington series by the same author on the reviews of other listeners but returned it as I found it to be totally uninteresting.
Love sci-fi and even teen sci-fi. This book was a little young for me but I got through it.
Writes a solid story and creates the characters well.
Performance was very good.
I am a devoted Christian. I love 5 wonderful grandchildren. I like to listen to books while I quilt
Loved the environment, characters wewe bright and easy to follow. I loved the tree cats.
This is a backgrounder to the Honor Harrington series, providing the back history of the first human/treecat interactions. It can stand alone as a story though I certainly wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to David Weber or the HH series. It wraps the human/treecat interaction in the "genius child" motif, and characters are either all good or all evil. If you're comfortable with storylines that rely on telepathy and empathy as the ground of alienness, then you might like this well enough. For myself, I thought it was an adequate story but not more. The narration is fine.
Although this is short compared to David Weber's other books, I still rank it up at the top because his talent in creating another world shines through while his ability to convey political implications in a story are as easy to appreciate in a young adult novel as in any work.
The moment when they meet.
The ending, to know that the bond between the two of them is not broken.
This is truly about friendship. Many young adult novels portray love interests for the characters. Though the love interest of the main character is still a part of the story, this book shows how the young adult reader can appreciate a friendship that might be as important, if not more, than "first love" or the other many themes that occupy the mind of a teenager. In so doing, the book treats the teenaged reader like an adult, and it offers the reluctant reader an opportunity to taste science fiction in combination with young adult themes.