The shipments of Catteni slaves continue, but they find that they are enjoyably reinventing the creature comforts of home, and searching for the origin of the Farmers who were the original occupants of Botany, all under the keen eyes of two very different observers.
When scouts for the Emassi come to retrieve Zainal, shanghaied in the original shipment of slaves, Botany changes irrevocably.
Listeners will delight in this continued adventure of survival, romance, and ingenuity.
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©2007 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"McCaffrey has developed another exotic world peopled with interesting, well-developed characters." (School Library Journal)
This second book in the series has the colony continuing to prosper and they also finally meet the farmers. On an odd note Zynel seems to be the only one of his kind that is actively given a chance to show a different side of the Catteni. Aside from that the book is fairly even handed and well written.
Have read the series several times over the years since the original publication, and enjoyed it. The narrator in this version, greatly! detracted from the story with weird voices, one of the worst I've heard from Audible, out of the couple hundred I own.
This story reminds me of some of those written by Robert Heinlein. Mother Earth taken over by aliens, mankind subjugated, but we pull it together and eventually take it back. Fun with a happy ending with sufficient science to make it seem possible.
Robert Heinliens the Number of the Beast and many others.
Theiir voices are great and let you listen to a story without all the "she said" and "he saids." They allow you to visualize the entire story just as if you were there or watching a movie.
If there is life on other Planets and they came to Earth, what would be their intentions? Would the be beneficent or have evil intentions. McCaffrey makes one case for a conquering Species that invades Earth and captures and enslaves millions while killing millions more. But there is more to this series than meets the eye. Are the invaders acting on their own, or is there an even more insidious species out there taking down planet after planet, galaxy after galaxy.
Susie Breck and Dick Hill make for a wonderfully full cast of voices and characters.
I liked Anne McCaffrey when I was a child. I read all the dragon books. I decided to listen to these books because of those fond memories. I was disappointed. The character development is sophomoric and without good wit. The plot had holes and lacked the technical details that make Science fiction so rich and compelling.
I can't believe the high rating for this series. Its sexist, racist and BORING. The aliens are "human" and are even described as getting more "human" as if it would be likely let alone possible. The Heroine Kris is still in a relationship with the alien slaver who tried to rape her and is part of the alien race who invaded earth and enslaved all of humankind. The human colonists dumped on a plant, still (supposedly) struggle for survival though they have found a cave full of stores of food and other necessiaties, have stolen alien space ships and sabotaged "farmer" mechanical equipment. There is references to hostile/deadly beasts that never make an appearance. Communicators and other electronics are created from the stores and from the alien technology (those aliens sure were kind to use compatible electronics). Heroine Kris is supposed to be storng and independant, but her alien partner protects her, "includes" her in the meetings with the men (where her only role is apparently to translate for him), and tell her she WILL have children and even tells who she shall have them with. All the characters are white, scottish or nordic mostly. And the only non-white character I remeber seeing was in the first book and he was a cook of apparently low class and sparse education if his speach pattern was any indication. The sargent/govern even makes the comment that staying on this new planet would be preferable to going back to earth where the "damn minorities . . . are mssing up their own landscapes" . . . Also, there are "Mentats" (intellectual beings more calculating machine) refered to as "Ix Mentats" - sound familiar?
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