Frontier Incursion

Frontier Incursion

by Leonie Rogers


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For Shanna, joining the Scout Corps had been a dream come true. The Scouts were charged with expanding their knowledge of Frontier, a hostile planet their ancestors had crashlanded on 300 years before. As the youngest in her class, Shanna struggles to find acceptance and respect amongst her older peers - a task made more difficult by the fact that she has not just one, but two of the colonists' huge feline companions, their starcats.

On a routine patrol, she and the other cadets are swept up in the greatest challenge yet to be faced by the settlers of Frontier. Now they find themselves on the very frontline of a war they knew nothing about, and possibly the Federation of Race's last chance against the hostile Garsal. Suddenly their world has changed, and in ways never dreamed of by Shanna and her fellow scouts.

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ISBN-13: 9780987265258
Publisher: Hague Publishing
Publication date: 02/16/2014
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Frontier Incursion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Frontier Incursion is the first book in the Frontier series by Australian author, Leonie Rogers. At fifteen, Shanna was young to be a cadet. Training to be a Frontier Scout would be challenging: being away from her family was hard (she loved her parents, starcat breeders Janna and Adlan, and she was so proud of her younger brother, Kaidan’s archer abilities); and gaining the friendship and respect of the older cadets in her group was complicated by the fact that she had two starcats. But Shanna was determined to do her best. When, during their routine post-storm damage survey, they came across evidence of a wrecked aircraft, her group was at once excited but nervous. After three hundred years on this rather hostile planet, did it mean rescue? Or something else? Her group knew their training would be tested to the limit when they accompanied the experienced Patrol Ten, leaving the relative safety of the Plateau for the hazardous wilderness of Below. Their bond with their starcats would be vital. On the Garsal colony ship, Anjo, one of many human slaves, made surreptitious observations: he knew, though, that escape would not be easy. And if he ever succeeded, survival outside the laser perimeter fence, at the mercy of this planet’s dangerous plants and fierce predators would certainly be difficult, if not impossible. But to continue at the mercy of this cruel insectoid race was surely worse. What a superb start to this speculative fiction trilogy! Rogers gives the reader a highly original plot, a resourceful and quietly determined young heroine, and an imaginative setting that contains that a wealth of interesting plants and animals. Rogers does her world building very subtly: there are no information dumps to distract from the story, which boasts an exciting climax (or two) and flows neatly into the next book, Frontier Resistance. The starcats are, of course, the scene-stealers, having a combination of all the best feline attributes together with the strong loyalty that is usually more a canine feature. Rogers has feline behaviour well and truly nailed down: her descriptions of the starcats are very evocative, portraying the way cats behave, their little tics, quirks, and traits with consummate ease. Herding these cats might not present the usual challenge: amenable and co-operative describes starcats well. Even readers who don’t necessarily feel an affinity for cats are likely to want their own starcat. It may be described as Young Adult, but older readers are bound to enjoy this book too, and fans will be pleased to know that Rogers has penned two further books to be enjoyed. A splendid read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book that would very much appeal to the whole family. This book has a great story line that just grabs you into the story. Once you start reading this book is very hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frontier Incursion by Leonie Rogers my review Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth Frontier Incursion is the first book in what promises to be an outstandingly brilliant trilogy. The richness of the writing brings to life the magnificent detail of the people, animals and the wilderness. If a starcat popped out of the book, you wouldn't be too surprised as they are written with such life. Leonie Rogers has proven to be an author to remember, and I look forward to reading the next book in this amazing series. Opening Scene: SHANNA tapped one foot as she waited outside the Records Precinct.  The Review: On the day Shanna finds out she is allowed her own starcat, the huge feline companion and protector of the colonists, she also finds out she must decide what she wants to do with her future. Joining the Scout Corps is a dream come true. They’re charged with expanding their knowledge of Frontier, a hostile planet their ancestor’s crash landed on 300 years ago. As the youngest in her class, Shanna struggles with finding friendship, acceptance and respect from her fellow classmates. A task made more difficult, by the simple fact that she has not one starcat like the others, but two.  When a routine patrol, sweeps the cadets into a greater challenge than the settlers of Frontier have ever faced, they find themselves on the very frontline of a war they have no knowledge of. They are possibly the Federation of Race’s final chance against the hostile Garsal. Suddenly everything has changed beyond the dreams of Shanna and her fellow scouts. Notable Scene: “Today begins a new lesson. You will all take turns as instructors over the next few months, in the subjects that you have expert knowledge in. Today after your choosing, Shanna will be instructing you in starcat care and training. Her family breeds starcats, and today some of you may choose, or be chosen by, cats that they have bred. She will formally instruct you and your cats for two hours per day for the next six months. I suggest you listen to her. As you can see, she has already chosen her own cats.” Five pairs of eyes stared shocked at Shanna, who attempted to meet their gaze without flinching too much. She could feel hot colour rising in her cheeks, understanding belatedly exactly how Kaiden felt much of the time. “She will also explain later today exactly why she has two starcats – I understand the tale is quite amusing.” Master Lonish flicked a reassuring grin at Shanna. Master Peron must have used the time she had spent sorting her room out to fill the other Masters in, as he seemed quite unperturbed about the whole thing. The other students were a completely different matter, however. Verren still wore his closed look. Taya, one of the other two female students, was looking like a thunder cloud; Amma simply looked shocked, while Ragar and Zandany looked as though they’d both eaten something that disagreed with them. Shanna attempted a conciliatory smile. It came off a little wobbly. FTC Advisory:  Andrew Harvey provided me with a copy of Frontier Incursion by Leonie Rogers. Published through Hague Publishing. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. 
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Some adults look at YA novels and are turned off by them because they think they are more geared towards kids. This is not true the only thing that makes YA novels different then adult novels is that they don’t have as much adult content and usually the main characters are young people. This doesn’t mean that YA novels don’t have great stories or fascinating characters. One example of this is Frontier Incursion by Leonie Rogers. Humans crash landed on a planet they named Frontier 300 years ago. Life was hard on the planet, there were several species of dangerous animals that live there and some of the plant life was also deadly. The humans survived and adapted to the environment and built small settlements. They always said they would return to the stars some day but they liked their new home. One of Frontier’s inhabitants is a teenage girl named Shanna, she lives on a farm with her family who breeds and raises starcats. Shanna is at a point where she needs to decide how she will contribute to society, so she decides to become a Frontier scout. The scouts job is to explore Frontier and help people in need when disasters happen. One day when Shanna and some other young cadets are exploring, they discover aliens called the Garsal creating a hive . The Garsel have plans on taking over this world and the inhabitants of Frontier suddenly find themselves in a war with a race that they know nothing about. There is so much going on in Frontier Incursion that it’s hard to give a short description of the plot. At the heart of this book is a coming of age story. You see Shanna at the beginning as a young girl helping her parents on the farm and then you see her join the scouts. She then teaches other cadets on training starcats, learns how to deal with difficult people and learns to live in the wild and to survive under harsh circumstances. Also to a lesser extent the book follows her brother Kaiden as he learns how to master archery and take on more responsibility. Leonie Rogers did a great job of creating some deep characters and she does an excellent job of world building. As you follow Shanna’s story, you learn more about the world they live in. You also get a look at the other people who live there and I loved how the cadets all had starcats to accompany them wherever they went. The starcats are panther like creatures with glowing marks on them which make great companions. Frontier Incursion is an excellent science fiction fantasy tale that people of all ages will enjoy. My only issues with it was that it could have used a little more action. What this book lacks in action it makes up for in great characters and the description of a new world. My favorite part of this story was how the inhabitants were raised to believe that it is their destiny to go to the stars again but you see how many of them don’t want to return to space and are happy on Frontier. I also liked how small glimpses are given of the Garsel, leaving the reader to realize that life is about to become hard for the people of Frontier. If you like epic Science fiction check out Frontier Incursion.