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Freedom's choice (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Title:Freedom's choice
Authors:Anne McCaffrey
Info:London: Bantam, 1997. 303p 23cm
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Freedom's Choice by Anne McCaffrey (1997)

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This installment was not as strong as the first, I'm afraid. Events move extremely quickly, almost too quickly, and with very few hitches, so a lot of potential drama feels drained. There are also way, way, WAY too many characters with names that lack any kind of distinguishing characteristic, so it's difficult to keep track of everyone. The book is somewhat redeemed by further exploration of the Eosi, the alien masters of the Catteni who took over Earth, and the mysterious "Farmers" whose equipment has been salvaged by the mixture of human and alien colonists. I'm curious enough to keep reading the series, but I doubt I'll ever reread them. ( )
  Starsister12 | Feb 13, 2014 |
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*Book source ~ My home library.

In Freedom’s Landing after Kris Bjornson, Zainal, Chuck Mitford and hundreds of others had been dropped on a distant planet to colonize it for the Catteni they discovered it was inhabited by automated machines farming the land. Taking apart the machines to create usable items for themselves they’ve made a pretty good life for themselves.

However, they want more and need to get out from under the Catteni’s thumb. With Zainal’s help they intend to strike back at the Catteni and in doing so strike at the Eosi who have controlled the Catteni for two thousand years. With some strategic planning and a lot of luck they intend to free the Catteni and Earth from Eosi domination.

This story picks up where Freedom’s Landing left off. A probe has been sent to the whoever farms Botany and Zainal has made it plain to the Emassi who came to retrieve him that he was dropped and he will stay. Since he has refused to return and face his duty, his brother must take his place and be subsumed by an Eosi Mentat. The towering hatred Lenvec feels for Zainal intrigues the Eosi named Ix and soon Ix is consumed with the curiosity about the planet Botany and finding Zainal. Since it is quite unusual for an Eosi Mentat to become obsessed this behave starts to draw the attention of other Eosi.

In the meantime, the Botanists are setting up a three stage plan to free themselves from the Eosi and the Farmers of the planet help protect them from attack by encasing the planet in a protective bubble after they have acquired a scout ship and a cargo ship. The Botantists are allowed to go in and out of the bubble, but nothing else is allowed in. Since the Farmers live according to the ‘Do no harm.’ rule, the bubble is the extent of their help.

There is so much going on in this book that it’s hard to know where to start. Zainal’s refusal to leave, Lenvec’s subsumption by Ix, exploring Botany, a visit by the Farmers, several more slave drops on Botany by the Catteni increasing their population by thousands, a raid on Barevi, building homes, having children, adding one more ship to the fleet and planning how to stop the Eosi make for a jam-packed book. Even with everything going on the story flows along smoothly and at a good clip. I love watching it all come together and look forward to the next book to see how it’s all going to play out. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Oct 1, 2013 |
A good second installment of this series. The plot continues to move along, and growth of the Botany's colony and colonists continues to be interesting and complex. My only critique is that the characters don't seem to change very much--they're almost stereotyped to be exactly the way they were originally introduced, and the only reason I think this book can get away with that fact is that the characters were originally extremely varied anyway. For all that the characters arcs seem stagnant, the plot of the story is interesting and moves along a quick pace. The menace of the Eosi becomes much more clear, and the mystery of the "Farmers" is both partially clarified...and ultimately still an enigma. ( )
  puttocklibrary | May 3, 2013 |
I had a hard time getting through this book, sequel to Freedom's Landing. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 10, 2011 |
I suppose a criticism of the book could be the speed at which the "captives" acquire new technology. There are no setbacks in their goals which does not seem realistic. That does not bother me much as the skill set of the various "dropped" captives is varied and in a way I can see how if they worked together such adaptations could happen.

The story moves along at a logical fast pace. I like the character and story development. It makes for a satisfying fast interesting read...I am looking forward to the next in the series ( )
  Lynxear | Jun 16, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441005314, Mass Market Paperback)

In Freedom's Landing, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey created a new world that human slaves were forced to colonize. In time, this new world became more thatn a home--it became something to fight for.

But now Kris Bjornsen and her comrades have found evidence of another race on thier planet. Are they ancients, long dead and gone? Or could they still exist...to join their fight?

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Kris Bjornson, one of a group of slaves dumped on an uninhabited planet by their Catteni masters, learns to survive with the help of renegade exile Zainal, but when the time comes to join in a revolution against the Catteni, she is torn between her love for Zainal and her desire to return to Earth.… (more)

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