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Title:Fire Season
Authors:David Weber
Other authors:Jane Lindskold
Info:Baen (2013), Edition: Original, Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:treecats, Stephanie, Sphinx

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The second in the YA spin off series covering the discovery of the treecats. This time a real honest to goodness official science group comes to study the cats. The leader of the group brings his son with him hoping to use him to get closer to Stephanie. He is the usual I know best science guy and most everyone else follows along with him. Poor decisions put the group in danger during forest fire season and Stephanie and her friends help rescue them. The voice in this one was a bit flatter and I don't know if that had something to do with it having two writers or honestly one story arc instead of two that the previous book had. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
(Completion date approx) Continues the sort-of prequel series, with the ancestor of Capt/Adm Honor Harrington and the first treecat to bond with a human. The ancestor is a female teen, so the book works as a JA novel. ( )
  Netherto | Oct 17, 2013 |
"Fire in the forest–and a cry for help from a trapped and desperate alien mother! Unfortunately, this is one cry no human can hear. Stephanie Harrington, precocious fourteen-year-old Provisional Forest Ranger on the planet Sphinx, knows something is wrong from the uneasy emotion that is flooding into her from her treecat friend, Climbs Quickly. But though Stephanie’s alien comrade shares a tight bond with his two-legs, whom he knows as Death Fang’s Bane, he cannot communicate directly to her the anguished call from one of his people.

Still, their strong and direct bond of feeling may be enough. Stephanie and fellow ranger Karl Zivonik respond to Climbs Quickly’s rising waves of distress. Fire season on the pioneer world of Sphinx has begun. But there are those who want to use the natural cycle of the planet for personal gain –and to get rid of the one obstacle that stands in the way of acquiring even greater land and power on Spinx: the native treecats.

Now it’s up to Stephanie, Climbs Quickly along with their friends, family, and allies to prevent disaster and injustice from befalling a treecat clan. But in the process Stephanie must be certain to preserve the greatest secret all. It is the knowledge that the treecats of Sphinx are not merely pets or servants, but are highly intelligent in their own right–that they are a species fully deserving of rights, respect, and freedom. And keeping the secret that will allow the treecats time to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with humankind.

It all begins with the friendship of a girl and her treecat."

This second book in the series picks up shortly after the end of A Beautiful Friendship. Again it has David Weber's characteristic style, but this time it is temper by the addition of the talented Jane Lindskold. Together the two continue the creative world building started by David in the first book. As the characters continue to learn the planet's native flora and fauna so to do we, which is enjoyable since everything is just as much a surprise and discovery for the characters and the readers. And as we don't have the inside track on what will happen next it is that much more exciting and that much easier to relate to the responses of each character to their various situations.

Climbs Quickly can tell that this autumn is going to be a fire season, for like all treecats, once you've lived through even just one fire season you never forget that odor. Though mildly worried about his family, the Bright Water Clan, he knows he would hear from one of them should anything should happen. Climbs Quickly spends time with two injured treecats recoveringing at the freehold and realizes just how much he misses being with his own People, regardless of how deeply he loves Stephanie. In a scene that stuck in my mind for days Climbs Quickly consults with his sister and other clan members regarding his confusion over Stephanie's recent increased moodiness, getting some excellent advice from his family. Once again the differences and similarities between the People and humans is illuminated, and done in such a way to show how extreme the similarities are in some areas.

A new team of scientists have been dispatched from the Star Kingdom to study treecats, and due to circumstance the head of the team ends up bringing his teenage son Anders on the expedition with him. Ander's arrival signals new changes and growth for Stephanie, and he becomes the object of her first crush. Experiencing her first crush puts her at sixes and sevens with herself, unsettling her as she is so used to knowing her own mind. Additionally, watching her begin to form friendships with some of the former 'nulls' and 'zorks' from town is entertaining. The authors really capture the inner turmoil and confusion that comes with growing up and maturing, not too mention the feelings that come with noticing members of the opposite sex and never being sure just how to behave around them. Added to this are Stephanie's general growing pains as she repeatedly tests the boundaries in her life, most specifically with her parents. These scenes are so well written that I see my own youth echoed in Stephanie's experiences, especially all the intense emotional drama (at least it is intense from Stephanie's perspective).

Anders does some serious maturing of his own when he ends up placed in a situation where he must step up and essentially become the leader of the group of people he is with. This ultimately creates serious friction with his father, friction that goes unresolved. During this time Stephanie is torn between her duty to the Sphinxian Forest Service (SFS) and her almost all-consuming desire to continue the search for Anders. Luckily for Stephanie her good friend Karl is with her and helps talk her through the ramifications of her actions should she follow her heart rather than her head. Again the scenes during this section of the book are written so well that I was there with the characters, feeling the physical and emotional sensations right along with them, visually seeing everything in intense detail, down to the smallest blade of grass. Rich detail and vivid imagery are rife throughout the series, but for me these scenes standout in detail for me.

Take all these wonderful characters and their complex relationships and add a liberal dose of action and you get one heck of a read. The action takes several forms for the characters; selfless to selfish, logical and orderly contrasted with insane and reckless, patient and helpful versus stubborn and intractable. Then there is the purely physical action that occurs in times of grave danger, and in times of teenage posturing/bullying. This book is like a well-loved recipe, containing a dash of this and a pinch of that, ultimately creating a legendary dish loved by all. As a sequel this book withstood the test and came through with flying colors, a challenging feat for a sequel. I rate this book 3.5 stars, but as that is not an option I was forced to chose between 3 or 4 stars and it was just a hair shy of 4 stars for me. ( )
  Isisunit | Sep 23, 2013 |
Excellent. It is a YA, in that a great deal of the crises have to do with Stephanie (14, turning 15) learning to adjust - social skills, she calls it. Her first attraction to a boy, for instance, and a new awareness of similar connections among her friends. But the social crises are intermingled with a couple of exciting adventures - and actually relate, neither part is grafted on to the other. Humans are learning more about treecats, and the 'cats about humans; human-caused and natural fires play major parts, and there's at least one more pair bond formed (I wonder about Right-Striped). The history of the early years of human and treecat interaction is not much advanced - the aforementioned mutual learning, plus a bit about how 'cat clans live - but it's good stories and at least a little progress. Stephanie and her same-age (or close to it) allies are the major characters - her parents show up a bit, as do another party of scientists studying the treecats. And one short glimpse of Scott Dallen, though I don't recall that Fisher was mentioned as being present. Fun, and I'll be happy to read the next one too. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 18, 2013 |
Plot: 3 1/2 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 2 1/2 stars

These keep falling flat for me. I like the universe, and I like Stephanie. But there's no tension really in the books. There's spots where there's tension set up, sure, but... I knew she'd be okay no matter what, so it wasn't a big deal. Worst that could happen to her is minor, easily healed injuries. There's never any real sense of peril, and the rest is just interpersonal drama, with too many POVs that suck the mystery out about what the other person's thinking. Doubt I'll bother picking up more in this series, and just stick to the adult series. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145163840X, Hardcover)

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon David Weber delivers the second entry in an original young adult science fiction adventure series. 

Young forest ranger Stephanie Harrington and her treecat companion Climbs Quickly battle natural forest fire and very human enemies on a pioneer planet.  Prequel to the Honor Harrington adult science fiction saga.

Second entry in a new young adult series by New York Times best seller David Weber, and the prequel to the hugely popular Honor Harrington adult science fiction saga.  

Fire in the forest–and a cry for help from a trapped and desperate alien mother! Unfortunately, this is one cry no human can hear. Stephanie Harrington, precocious fourteen-year-old Provisional Forest Ranger on the planet Sphinx, knows something is wrong from the uneasy emotion that is flooding into her from her treecat friend, Climbs Quickly.  But though Stephanie’s alien comrade shares a tight bond with his two-legs, whom he knows as Death Fang’s Bane, he cannot communicate directly to her the anguished call from one of his people. 

Still, their strong and direct bond of feeling may be enough. Stephanie and fellow ranger Karl Zivonik respond to Climbs Quickly’s rising waves of distress. Fire season on the pioneer world of Sphinx has begun.  But there are those who want to use the natural cycle of the planet for personal gain –and to get rid of the one obstacle that stands in the way of acquiring even greater land and power on Spinx: the native treecats. 

Now it’s up to Stephanie, Climbs Quickly along with their friends, family, and allies to prevent disaster and injustice from befalling a treecat clan.  But in the process Stephanie must be certain to preserve the greatest secret all.  It is the knowledge that the treecats of Sphinx are not merely pets or servants, but are highly intelligent in their own right–that they are a species fully deserving of rights, respect, and freedom. And keeping the secret that will allow the treecats time to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with humankind. 

It all begins with the friendship of a girl and her treecat.

About Fire Season:

“I loved it. A thrilling, edge-of-the-seat read—I couldn't put it down!” Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times best-selling Beka Cooper series

About series debut novel, A Beautiful Friendship:

“[A] stellar introduction to a new YA science-fiction series set in the Honorverse of Weber’s popular adult novels. It’s rare to find teen science fiction that strays beyond popular dystopian fare. The environmental messages, human-animal friendship, humor, action, and inventive technology will make this series starter an easy hit with teen sf readers.” –Booklist

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:

“. . .everything you could want in a heroine….excellent…plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age

“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey

“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”—Locus

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection. Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice.”—Publishers Weekly

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Fourteen-year-old Stephanie Harrington and her fellow Provisional Forest Rangers on the planet Sphinx must prevent disaster from befalling a treecat clan caught in a blaze while preserving the secret that the treecats of Sphinx are highly intelligent and deserving of rights that some would deny them.… (more)

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