City of Pearl

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City of Pearl

City of Pearl Three separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten thetenuous balance of a coveted world Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan

  • Title: City of Pearl
  • Author: Karen Traviss
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Three separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten thetenuous balance of a coveted world.Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh s Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home But her landing, with a small group ofThree separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten thetenuous balance of a coveted world.Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh s Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home But her landing, with a small group of scientists and Marines, has not gone unnoticed by Aras, the planet s designated guardian An eternally evolving world himself, this sad, powerful being has already obliterated millions of alien interlopers and their great cities to protect the fragile native population Now Shan and her party plus the small colony of fundamentalist humans who preceded them could face a similar annihilation or a fate far worse Because Aras possesses a secret of the blood that would be disastrous if it fell into human hands if the gethes survive the impending war their coming has inadvertently hastened.

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    1. Stephen on said:

      4.5 stars. One of the best debut novels I have read in years. Excellent world-building, fascinating aliens and a terrific main character. Looking forwrard to book 2 of the series. The novel takes place in the years between 2198-2374 and involves an earth mission to a planet called (by Earth) Cavanagh's Star. The planet is already claimed by three alien races: (1) The Bezeri (squid-like water dwellers) who are the planet's natural inhabitants, (2) the Isenj (invaders there to take advantage of un [...]

    2. Robert on said:

      This book is filled with ideological messages. On top of that it is a slow read. Nothing much happens. There is some walking around some talking and that's it!But the worst is the ideological messages that are forced on you. No doubt the author is a fan of veganism. In the book the character Aras (the alien) say that he can't smell the meat on Shan (the female lead character) to which she replies something like "no of course not, we don't really need to eat meat some people just like it" What a [...]

    3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) on said:

      In the year 2198 Superintendant Shan Frankland is looking forward to calling it quits in the Environmental Hazards unit, retiring and finally growing those contraband, non-genetically-modified tomato seeds her father cultivated. One government minister has other plans for her, though. She is sent to the far reaches of space, a trip that takes 75 years, on a mission that she knows nothing about because it is submerged in her brain, waiting to be released gradually once triggered. She joins a grou [...]

    4. Brownbetty on said:

      If you're reading this on , you'll see I gave it four stars, and honestly, I almost gave it five, but decided not to only because of some uncertainty about the sequel. Not that I've read it, yet, because my public library, for reasons best known to certain city officials, lacks the funding to catalogue paperbacks, so every library expedition is a bit like a dungeon crawl. Does the library own the sequel? Who knows! Certainly not the Public Library! (Mr Katz, I hope to make you the number one goo [...]

    5. Paradoxical on said:

      I both enjoyed and didn't enjoy this at the same time. For one, it's very extreme in its views. There are little or no greys in the picture, it's basically black and white, this is good and this is terrible. So yes, very preachy. On the other hand, the story was somewhat compelling, and I did enjoy the book as I read more of it. It brings up several interesting points of discussion (even if Shan is very firm on her opinions of said points of discussion).That said, I disliked the fact that all of [...]

    6. Ben Babcock on said:

      Some science fiction revels in its immersion in the futurescape, that unknowable presentation of technology and society that seems so distantly related to our own. Utopian fiction likes to posit that we will somehow overcome our vices (though, for the sake of story conflict, discover wonderful new ones). Dystopian fiction does the opposite, amplifying our vices with scary new methods of oppression, while also offering the hope of an easy dismantling of the totalitarian bureaucracy, very often by [...]

    7. Angela on said:

      I really enjoyed reading City of Pearl. Most of the authors I read in SF/F are the F side of the genre, so whenever I come across a female SF writer it gives me an extra level of enjoyment. Julie Czerneda remains my SF powerhouse favorite, but I think Karen Traviss is now putting in a good strong bid for second place.There were some small things I didn't quite like about the book, I'll admit--but they were fairly minor nitpicks. I'll get those out of the way first. The flow of time in the story [...]

    8. Empress on said:

      I loved the whole series. I am so happy I stumbled upon this and I am so surprised how underrated it is. The rating of 3.89 indicates a good book, but with less then a 1000 votes I think it says even more. Karen has become one of my favorite writers. She has come up with amazing cultures and aliens. There is a lot of characters in the book and she is developing them with the story. I would highly recommend this.If you decide to read the whole series this is a statement from the author about the [...]

    9. Ron on said:

      In keeping with my practice of cutting slack to debut novels.Fun read. Well created worlds, though she didn't reveal why the "moon" has a higher gravity than it's "planet." Lots of conflict and confrontations. Nice to see the earthlings at the bottom of the technology pyramid.I like novels which explore issues. Traviss looks at the effects licensing and patenting genetic-engineered food stuffs. It's sort of the back story, but critical to some people's motives.Cover Art: don't you hate it when t [...]

    10. Leon Aldrich on said:

      Excellent prose. Well written. The dialogue and character interaction reminds me of a Michael Connelly "Harry Bosch" novel (only this one is science fiction).Her debut novel has made me a fan. Not only will I read more of this series, but I'll dabble at her Star Wars novels as well.

    11. Adelaide Metzger on said:

      Yes, this is Karen Traviss’ first original novel. Yes, you should read it if you’ve enjoyed her work before. And, yes, there is Karen-drama galore! As usual, Traviss has an extreme connection with her characters and plays off of our emotions to tell the story. I know I shouldn’t have expectations for books because it throws off what the author may have been trying to get across, but I went into this expecting some kind of Karen-drama moment to satisfy my girly, emotional side. I got what I [...]

    12. Clare O'Beara on said:

      The themes of humans finding a planet already being fought over by other races, and time stretch on long star voyages, are not new to SF but they are new to the characters so we accept how it feels to them. Seems this was a first published novel so I won't go too hard on it but there were some features I liked and some I disliked. The visions of the future and shifting corporate controls are good. The concept of vegan farmers quietly colonising another planet with basic tech is good though not i [...]

    13. Amanda on said:

      Sci-fi with an evironmental twist? Hmm…It’s not exactly space opera, since most of the story takes place on another planet. It’s not exactly military sci-fi, because the military presence makes up a small part of the cast of characters. It’s a mixture of a little bit of everything. The book touches on everything from religion, environmental policy, the scary possible future of the corporation, family values, ethics in journalism, and human/alien relations. It sounds like a lot, but all o [...]

    14. Coucher de soleil on said:

      Just as a note (and here's hoping I don't sound pompous): this is the very first time I give a book 5 stars. However, I thought that in this case it was warranted.I've read many reviews of this book on different sites and I noticed that many readers seemed uncomfortable with the ideas at the core of it, which is not surprising. The first thing I would say about this book is to acknowledge that the ideas within are extreme. I don't agree with every principle suggested in this book and I doubt mos [...]

    15. Banner on said:

      One of the best science fiction books I've read. The book flows so smoothly with action, character development and universe building. While this book is the beginning of a series, it is a very satisfying and self contained story. You will want to read the next book (I've already ordered mine). Just a note about the alien culture, I think Karen Traviss has developed a truly alien culture yet was able to make it accessible. The alien protagonist is one of the most interesting characters in science [...]

    16. Alexa on said:

      I enjoyed the plot line thoroughly and eagerly looked forward to the sequel. However with each new book the author's underlying neo-fascist politics became more and more pervasive and now the entire series has left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.

    17. David King on said:

      The story is set at a time when various governments have merged together in an attempt to combat the growing powers of corporations. The main protagonist, Shan Frankland is a police officer for one of these governments who is preparing to retire from her duties in Environmental Hazards unit. However, when a government minister then offers her the chance to visit another world she decides to take on one more job. Her team of scientists and marines are heading out to the only habitable planet know [...]

    18. Charles on said:

      This is the author's first published novel. I didn't realize I'd read several of her later books, in the Gears of War and Halo series. (The prose in the first couple of chapters of this book was eerily familiar to Gears of War.)Writing was good, but not exceptional. Dialog and descriptive prose are all technically correct. I think Traviss's background as a journalist has taught her to pare down her prose too much. I found myself looking for the loving details that new authors include in their fi [...]

    19. Jonathan Bergeron on said:

      An ode to hardcore environmentalists everywhere - City of PearlWhen I was getting my AA, I was single, a few years before I met my wife. I took this Intro to Environmental Science class, because there were a lot of cute girls in the class. I learned a lot actually. I can still pick out a live oak from a turkey oak, slash pine from long leaf pine; point out palmettos and sea oats. I learned that Florida had the largest cedar forest in the world until a whole crap load of pencils were made, so the [...]

    20. Andrew on said:

      This is a intriguing book- it is the first in the series (Wess'har Wars )which follow both characters and places first introduced in this book. I don't want to mention too much of the later books as they rather give away some of the surprises implied in this book - I know that is always the danger of a sequel but considering how heavily this book relies on them it does feel like a bit of an achilles heel.The book however does suggest some interesting ideas and I must admit I do enjoy books where [...]

    21. Matt Braymiller on said:

      Hmm. I am a bit torn about this book.What I liked: The interplay and friendship between Shan and Aras. Human being befriends alien, and even a brief glimpse into the day-to-day life in an alien culture. I liked the human colony . . . it was sort of an Amish community on a distant planet. I liked the Bezeri. They felt truly alien. I liked the small cast of characters . . . i just wish they were more fully developed.What I didn't like: Beyond Shan and the settlement, the rest of humanity is painte [...]

    22. Chad on said:

      For a book with little action and a focus on moral dilemmas, ethics and environmentalism, I liked this more than I expected to. Traviss excels at subtle worldbuilding, especially in the hints of a falling apart Earth that we never actually see in the book. She often threw in random bits like the fact that opium poppies were driven to extinction by a genetically engineered virus. That's an idea that could probably carry a novel by itself, but here it's background info that lets readers fill in th [...]

    23. Nuno Almeida on said:

      Muito bom, mesmo. Ao contrário dos últimos livros que li, este puxou mesmo por mim e deixava-me sempre com vontade de saber o que ia acontecer a seguir. A história até evolui algo lentamente (excepto nos capítulos finais, em que acontece muita coisa, muito depressa, e acho que não lhe deram a importância devida), mas existem tantas personagens e tantas questões pendentes que há sempre qualquer coisa nova a descobrir.O mundo criado é muito interessante, diferente e complexo sem no entan [...]

    24. Colleen on said:

      City of Pearl should have been an ordinary book. It was part Huff and part Weber. It was Starbridge and Uplift. It was a reasonably well-written book, with a typical plot and expected characters. But there was more to it than the usual trope that comes with an alien exploitation novel. The talent that Kareen Traviss has in telling the story is what makes me so pleased with having spent time with her. There were lectures about individual responsibility that were inextricable to the lectures about [...]

    25. Karen Ireland-Phillips on said:

      Well written, fast paced, with fascinating main characters and excellently drawn cultures, the first novel in Traviss' Wess'har series is well worth your time. Eco-cop Shan Frankland, on her way to retirement, is shanghai'd into a twenty-five year voyage to a (formerly lost) earth colony of religious fanatics. Her ostensible goal is to retrieve a gene database maintained by the colonists. But other cultures share the planetary system with the colonists - and one, the Wess'har, see their job as t [...]

    26. Celia on said:

      I love this series - five books, beginning with City of Pearl. We follow Shan Frankland, an environmental police officer, from an Earth controlled by corporations to a distant planet, where religious Earth settlers co-exist with several alien species. Shan is in charge of a group of scientists, who quickly get on the wrong side of the Wess'Har (the peacekeeping species who tend to ruthlessly move to eliminate any threat to the planet), and she becomes involved in increasingly complex negotiation [...]

    27. Corvidae on said:

      I really enjoy this series, which is strange because about 3 or 4 years ago I would have hated it. Very little seems to happen plot-wise; all the books so far could probably have been condensed into 2 or 3 books if they were regularly-paced novels. But the character development, analysis of cultures and the prototypical post-modern Other, issues of conservation and deep ecology, these make it a very, very interesting series to me.

    28. Patrick on said:

      Very impressed with this book. Great story. Great characters. I will be reading the rest of the series based on this.

    29. Naïma on said:

      De la science fiction comme je l'aime : action, politique, extraterrestres, voyages dans l'espace, guerres interstellaires. great!

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