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Freedom's Landing (Freedom Series #1)

Freedom's Landing (Freedom Series #1)

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by Anne McCaffrey

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Kristin Bjornsen lived a normal life, right up until the day the spaceships floated into view above Denver. As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning…

The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves—and Kristin has


Kristin Bjornsen lived a normal life, right up until the day the spaceships floated into view above Denver. As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning…

The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves—and Kristin has managed to survive her enslavement while hundreds of other humans have not. But her trial has just begun, for now she finds herself part of a massive experiment. The aliens have discovered a new world, and they have a simple way of finding out if it’s habitable: drop hundreds of slaves on the surface and see what happens.

If they survive, colonization can begin. If not, there are always more slaves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Freedom's Landing (1995), a group of plucky slaves, both human and alien, were abandoned by their Catteni masters on the planet Botany. With the help of the Catteni rebel Zainal, the colonists survived their early days, and now they're making plans to get even with the Catteni as well as to learn the truth about the mysterious Farmers, or Mech Makers, who seem to be cultivating Botany by means of robots. Told mostly from the point of view of Zainal's human lover, Kris Bjornsen, the plot focuses on the colonists' struggle to survive independent of their Catteni overlords. Though a few settlers want to return to Earth to fight the Catteni, most of the women seem bent on having children and making a real go of the colony. While this wholesale enthusiasm to procreate stretches credulity, McCaffrey's characters are otherwise her usual well-tempered mix of heroes, rogues and out-and-out villains. The setting is crisp and expertly detailed and the plot spins out smoothly, with more than enough hints of future developments to keep readers eager for the next installment in the series. (June)
Library Journal
Continuing the storyline from Freedom's Landing (LJ 4/15/95), this second book in the series finds the human and aliens on the penal planet Botany planning a rebellion against their slavemasters. After the Catteni subdue and transport to penal colony planets people from Earth and other civilizations for their Eosi masters, one Catteni, Zainal, chooses to remain on Botany. His plan? To join his fellow slaves in convincing the absentee owners of the planet to turn against the Eosi and free the colonists. McCaffrey is at her best with interspecies interactions and uniting for a goal against a common enemy. Highly recommended for sf collections.
School Library Journal
YA-McCaffrey begins a new chronicle of human resilience and survival. Earth has been invaded by the Catteni, a race of soldiers who have come to quell opposition and to relocate troublesome cases (both human and alien) to inhospitable worlds. Kristen Bjornsen, a human, and a ragtag group must learn to communicate and begin to build a new life. Further, they must discover what is behind a completely different civilization that is using their planet (nicknamed Botany) as a farm for animal and vegetable produce. Underlying this cooperation is the resentment that some of the colonists feel for Zanial, a member of the race of slavers, and the romantic feelings that Zanial and Kristen begin to feel for one another. With two possible antagonistic alien cultures and their own internal problems, there can only be more interesting scenarios for the settlers of Botany. The characters are especially well developed: teens will be able to identify with their spirit, creativeness, and tenacity to survive despite all odds. A delightful novel for more than just McCaffrey's ``old'' fans.-Brian Martin, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Sally Estes
With this book, McCaffrey opens an exciting and totally convincing new universe far removed from the worlds of the dragonriders, the Rowan, the crystal singer, and the ship-brawn partnerships with which her readers are happily familiar. The Catteni, an alien race of slavers, are settling a habitable but dangerous planet with recalcitrant slaves from a variety of races, including the human; all must learn to cooperate with one another to survive. Among the conscripted colonists is an exiled Catteni noble, Zainal, who is resented by some other colonists because he is a member of the overlord race, and Kristin Bjornsen, a spirited young human who finds herself not only working closely with Zainal but drawn to him romantically. What with the "mechos" that already farm the planet's land, the advanced society that must have created them, the Catteni themselves, and the formidable race that apparently controls the Catteni as just some of the challenges facing the colonists, there can only be more action in the sequels McCaffrey presumably plans.
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Freedom's Landing (1995), chunk two of McCaffrey's latest interstellar saga. Following the invasion of Earth by humanoid alien Catteni, a group of human survivors and rebels—including Earth girl Kris Bjornsen and her aristocratic, renegade Catteni lover, Zainal—has been dumped on planet Botany, a farm world run by machines. The parasitic Eosi rule the Catteni as overlords by commandeering suitable Catteni bodies, though so far Zainal has avoided his own nemesis, the Ix Mentat. Kris, Zainal, and the colony's military bigwigs capture several Catteni spacecraft before Botany's absentee landlords, the Farmers, show up. Highly advanced, telepathic shapeshifters, the Farmers deplore interspecies conflict but decline to intervene; they do, however, screen Botany from Catteni spacecraft. Zainal leads a raid on planet Barevi to pick up goods looted from Earth, and learns that the Ix Mentat, infuriated by the Farmers' effortless superiority in denying the Catteni access to Botany, has used brain-burning mind probes on captured humans in the vain hope of discovering useful new technologies.

McCaffrey helpfully recaps the previous book's events; overall, series fans will be delighted, although they'll know how this one ends: It doesn't.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Freedom Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.88(d)
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.

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Freedom's Landing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
KT2 More than 1 year ago
This series needs to be in ebook form!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An alien life form has taken over Earth. The Eosi are ruthless, as are the Catteni, another race they have dominated and use as mercenaries. There are many dissidents on Earth. The would be conquerers kidnap them and drop them on an uninhabited planet to see if the can survive. In this work, the first of a trilogy, McCaffrey introduces a motley crew of humans and other species who have tried to fight their oppressors. One of their number is Zainal, a Catteni kidnapped by his own people and transported in one of their ships. He contributes much to the chances of survival of the colonists. The new arrivals on the planet they name Botany soon discover that they are not the first inhabitants. They do not see their hosts but they find their farming machinery and holding pens for the stock that resemble cattle. As usual Anne McCaffrey gives us a book we cannot put down or wait for the next instalment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loooove this book. It was very hard to put down. I highly reccommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing with an inspirational beginning. I was very happy reading this book, it is wonderful how she figures up all these ideas. Her books are so different and so amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From an author of this standing I expected better. The plot was okay and a few characters were done well but overall I found the writing often juvenile and the "romance" rather "bodice busting" for sifi. She treats the whole process of establishing a colony so lightly as to be insulting to both military personnel and survivalists. A few farm robots and the humans soon make cell phones, etc., etc. Very lame! Shame on you Ms. McCaffery! JC
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Bill_of_Dixon More than 1 year ago
This is the story that man has often been worried would come true, it has in this book. Ms. McCaffrey paints a picture of the people with words so you feel that you can feel them. The Aliens have come but Earth fights back and creates trouble for the enemy and one person makes a friend of one of the enemy who helps earth and the people from other worlds to fight back. Well worth reading for older pre teens and teen agers but parents should read first to be able to talk with kids about the story. It covers important things like respect for self and others, Duty and Honor things people need to remember even today. All books that I have read by this author are very good and should be discussed in book clubs.
housedavo More than 1 year ago
love this series
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Don't bother with the sample - only 1 page long. Waste of time.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Excellent sci-fi adventure! *Book source ~ My home library. Kris Bjornsen was going about her day at Denver University when the Catteni attacked Earth. Scooping up citizens by the thousands from 50 cities around the world the Catteni ships took their new slaves to Barevi, a planet used by the Catteni for R&R and a depot for their purloined goods from around the galaxy. Kris manages to escape her new ‘master’ and is hiding out in the wilds of Barevi when a chance encounter with Zainal, an Emassi (or high ranking Catteni), changes her life yet again. Gassed during a riot she and Zainal are dumped onto an empty world the Catteni have chosen for the aliens to colonize. Terrans make up the largest group, but there are also Deski, Rugarians, Turs and Ilginish. Fortunately for them, they have Zainal who knows a little bit about the initial survey of the planet. Unfortunately for Zainal, no one likes Catteni and there’s a large consensus to kill him. Chuck Mitford, a retired Marine, takes charge of the motley crew and makes a command decision to keep Zainal alive. For now. With only knives, hatchets, blankets and ration bars, they have to work together to survive on an alien planet. I love, love, love this book. There’s something about survival books I really like and I think it’s because I put myself into that situation and wonder how well I’d do. But this isn’t just any old survival situation on Earth where you can hope to eventually find civilization. Cell phones, a grocery store, a bed, hot water, a toothbrush. Forget it. This is an alien planet. Completely unknown. What is safe to eat? What will kill me? Are there dangerous animals? Is there shelter? What kind of weather is to be expected and how long are the days? Or nights? Back to basics in a way that’s hard to do on Earth anymore.   I’ve read this book (and the whole series) several times over the years and I’ve enjoyed it each and every time. So much to do and so much to explore with people and aliens who are strangers. The book mostly follows Kris as she survives on the planet they name Bounty and once again it kept me enthralled the whole time. The world is unique, the writing is wonderful and I love the characters. There is action, mystery, humor and even romance. All-in-all an excellent sci-fi adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Anne McCaffrey series. Science fiction series that can show just how tenacious humans can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series years ago so happy it is finally available for download.
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Cypress_Girl More than 1 year ago
I love this Freedom Series, and I really love my NOOK. BN, please pretty pretty please convert to NOOK!
Crazy8CatLady More than 1 year ago
I think this would be awesome as ebooks... I own all of Anne Mccaffrey's books, I have started to get the ebooks, but not many or her complete series are in ebook form yet...
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