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A good sci-fi yarn; could have done without the profanity and sexual content, though.
The first book was almost magical: people and animals living in harmony with their world. Now reality begins to creep in, through the greed and selfishness of people who prefer to manipulate others and gather to themselves more than they need, and Peytabee won't stand for it.
Don't make mama planet mad or you can wind up dead.. Love this series.
The second book in the trilogy starts pretty much where the last one ended, and there is more of the same. This time, it's the Company bigwigs that the Petaybeans need to convince over the sentience of their planet -and they really don't want to be convinced.Again, as in the first book, my only criticism is that the good guys are all good and the bad guys are all bad. Not that you really mind too much in this sort of book. There's plenty of action and an almost slapstick-like humour to how some
This is the second novel in the Petaybee series and I want to start off with some trigger warnings for child abuse, both physical and mental, forced child marriage, attempted rape of a teenage girl and allusions to other girls in the past who were raped and abused. Also animal abuse. Most of this isn't graphic but it's not subtle either so just be warned that there are some bad men in these books. They are portrayed as the villains and none of this horrible behavior is condoned or approved of an...
This is the 2nd book in the Petaybee series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The planet Petaybee was terraformed two hundreds years ago. It is still an arctic world so it was forcibly settled by Inuit peoples from old Earth. They have adapted to their new world and have thrived but they hold a secret form Intergal, the company who terraformed Petaybee and owns the rights to the entire planet. When new mineral deposits are discovered, research teams are sent but many of them disap...
Following on from book one, this book brings more than a touch of reality to the people of Petaybee.We have child molesters, rapists, and men who are willing to tear the planet apart, along with it's people, its flora, and it's fauna, as long as they can gain by it!We also have Matthew Luzon still trying to blame all of our favourite characters for things that he can't, or won't, believe in, until it gets to the point where he kidnaps absolutely everyone he thinks is to blame for Intergal's lack...
a comfortable enjoyable readAs are all McCaffrey's works, this book is well-written, engaging and filled with likeable people: human, animal and other--along with their rather cardboard enemies. The good guys win, of course, without taking too much damage (though some of the secondary characters did go through horrific experiences off screen) and all ends very well. Despite how that sounds, I like reading McCaffrey books because they're comfortable reads and I enjoy her notions of intelligent a
I like this universe, and I like many of the characters in the series. But this felt quite disjointed to me - the curse of co-writing, maybe. There was too much going on - the plotlines could have made two books - and far too often the wrap-up was a bit 'And it was all a dream!!' (I mean, it was never a dream, but the thing with having a sentient planet is that you can have all the deus ex machina you want. Apparently.) There's at least one more in this series, and I will read it, because a) I'm...
The Petaybee TriogyThis is the third time reading this set and I enjoy it more with each reading. The characters are all specific to their roles. I love to love the good guys and hate the bad guys. I will continue reading these books for as long as I can! The authors definitely know their character emotional tone levels! B Maders
Anne McCaffrey is an author I always enjoy reading. I really loved the way this series started although I felt it lost a bit of its appeal as the books went on.I do find it to be a very fascinating world with great characters but I am not sure I love the formula of the story telling. But I still quite like it.
Fascinating storyline!Reading this book and following the stories and adventures of people on Petaybee just enriched my mind and soul. To believe a planet has a soul! Oh my! So captivating and expressive you want to know what happens next!! To discover the rest of the journey the people and planet are on!!
It’s been interesting to re-read this series as a more jaded adult who has dealt with waaaaaaay more government/corporate bureaucracy than I had been exposed to when I first read it. Appalling characters, great characters, and definite re-confirming the idea of a symbiotic relationship with the world we call home. Also, cheekily funny. Harrison’s Fjord indeed 🤣🤣
Direct follow up to Powers That Be. Big bad corporate people come to destroy things. Well, one corporate person isn't an evil stereotype but a rich woman stereotype. Another very simplistic story, but an ok read.
The villain was too thinly written for me to give this more stars. I love the at that young 'Cita develops as a character. Having the sentient planet as a secondary character is quite cool.
Nice world building, good characters. The plot and writing were good. Solid series, but I don't love it.
My main complaint is that the villains are just too bad. Life seldom is as black or white. Still, it is an enjoyable book.
Very good series
Great character development and really good intrigue in this story. I really enjoy the character of Clodaugh.
Just as the first time I read it, I couldn't put this book down. Without a doubt, my favourite characters are the cats. Just read it!
What can I say? I'm on an old school sci-fi kick. Re-reading all the books I read as a high school student, I guess. This second book is a great addition to the series and doesn't disappoint.
Great second book in the PTB series. Very intense with numerous points in the book where you worry about the main characters but such a great story.
From Publishers Weekly In this sequel to Powers That Be , the hardworking inhabits of the sentient planet Petaybee continue their struggles with the magnates controlling Intergal Company. While chairperson Dr. Whittaker Fiske has been convinced of the planet's intelligence--and the necessity of negotiating with it--other members of the board believe that he and the Petaybeans are suffering from a collective delusion. Two representatives arrive to investigate: the first, Marmion de Revers
Power Lines by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the second book set in the Petaybee Universe. This book continues from where the last book leads off however the company has caused more problems again. While Dr. Fiske agrees with the natives that the planet is sentient the view is not shared by his son who manages to get the company to send out their prized trouble maker Matthew Luzon to try open the world for mining. At the same time certain dissident factions exist on the world w...
Power Lines (1994) by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough is a narrative catastrophe continuing the Petaybee storyline. In this book, the plot line disintegrates into incoherence, but does eventually stumble about to a conclusion of sort.In the first book of this series, Anne and Elizabeth showed how they could world together to build a fun world, even if the results were sort of blah. In this book, they struggle back and forth over who has the plot line, demonstrating exactly how not to to...
My full review is here on my personal website. I'll post my conclusion here, though:4.5 out of 5.0 starsAs with “Powers That Be,” the missing half-star is because of Yana and Sean. I never really see their relationship working romantically. Maybe it’s just the way my mind works or something, but I can’t quite put them together as the perfect couple. And just an FYI, by “perfect couple” I do not mean the kind that never fights and always gets along. I mean the couple that works through their prob...
Yanaba's short-lived career as a company spy had ended the moment the planet Petaybee & its people had adopted her as one of their own. Now she was dedicated to keeping Intergal from exploiting, wounding, or killing the world she had come to love. For Intergal persisted in denying that Petaybee was sentient, and nothing would stop it from stripping the ore-rich planet. Only solid evidence would convince the company to leave the planet alone, and for all its sentience, Petaybee's communications w...
Brings a whole new meaning to, "Don't piss off Mother Nature." The only thing I thought was really stupid was the guy at the end swooping in, after the Company Director already agreed to do things Peytabee's way, to get officious and interfering. What was the point of that? Has it been so long since I've read these that I've forgotten this will make sense in the last book? I hope so, because otherwise that's a piece of unnecessary filler I would have expected from a debut author rather than two
Summary: A self aware planet vs greedy company. Enjoyed this second book, but the subject matter not really changed from the first and the surprise element is missing. Its dated a bit as well, wish I had read it when it came out.Plotline: Its OK, and comes together, but their are stupid weaknesses that should have been avoided.Premise: Interesting and workableWriting: Consistenely very good, simple.Ending: Good climax, happy ending, no need to read the next in the series (and I won't at least fo...
I'm thinking this is a social commentary with heavy environmentalist leanings. When I read this, I was in total agreement and outrage. Now as I look back, it's not that I'm in agreement with the mining, I'm not. But I wonder if it is really this black and white. Is there a way to communicate with the planet for her to "deliver" the goods wanted without damaging the planet? Regardless, this was a fun read. Yanaba is now fighting for the planet ...as if we didn't guess that would happen.