City of Pearl

City of Pearl By Karen Traviss, City of Pearl Three separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten the tenuous balance of a coveted world Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Sh
  • Title: City of Pearl
  • Author: Karen Traviss
  • ISBN: 9780060541699
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • City of Pearl By Karen Traviss, Three separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten the tenuous 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 groupThree separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh s Star But the new arrivals the gethes from Earth now threaten the tenuous 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. Karen Traviss

      1 New York Times best selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award nominated Wess har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans She s best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY and BLACK RUN, the first books in her new techno thriller series RINGER, are set in the real world of today A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England She s currently working on SACRIFICIAL RED, the third book in the Ringer series, and a new comic franchise.

    198 thoughts on “City of Pearl”

    1. 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 unused land, and [...]

    2. 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 sickening d [...]

    3. 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 group o [...]

    4. 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 google re [...]

    5. 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 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 the scient [...]

    6. 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 a p [...]

    7. 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 was a [...]

    8. 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 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 second boo [...]

    9. 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 the artist [...]

    10. 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 of this series, but I ll dabble at her Star Wars novels as well.

    11. 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 asked for, [...]

    12. 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 imme [...]

    13. 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 of these subje [...]

    14. 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 most peop [...]

    15. 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 fictio [...]

    16. 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 and pervasive and now the entire series has left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.

    17. 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 job Her team of scientists and marines are heading out to the only habitable planet known to Ea [...]

    18. 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 first boo [...]

    19. 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 then enorm [...]

    20. 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 human [...]

    21. 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 fully developed.What I didn t like Beyond Shan and the settlement, the rest of humanity is painted as shallow, selfish [...]

    22. For a book with little action and a focus on moral dilemmas, ethics and environmentalism, I liked this 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 the blank [...]

    23. Muito bom, mesmo Ao contr rio dos ltimos livros que li, este puxou mesmo por mim e deixava me sempre com vontade de saber o que ia acontecer a seguir A hist ria at evolui algo lentamente excepto nos cap tulos finais, em que acontece muita coisa, muito depressa, e acho que n o lhe deram a import ncia devida , mas existem tantas personagens e tantas quest es pendentes que h sempre qualquer coisa nova a descobrir.O mundo criado muito interessante, diferente e complexo sem no entanto sermos soterrad [...]

    24. 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 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 civic vir [...]

    25. 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 the maint [...]

    26. 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 negotiations bet [...]

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

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

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