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City of Pearl

by Karen Traviss

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 5, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

City of Pearl is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.

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 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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.19 × 6.75 × 1 in

Published: February 5, 2004

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060541695

ISBN - 13: 9780060541699

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. I love Karen Traviss. Her Star Wars books are the best in the SW universe. This book was different. Not to say it wasn't good, but it wasn't what I expected. It was slower paced and more introspective than I thought it would be. She spends a lot of time insides the minds of her characters. It takes a serious look at where Earth is heading. Over population, food crises and dwindling resources. Definitely a science fiction book, but more on the side of science than fiction. I know that's weird to say about a book that takes place on another planet with a main character that is an alien, but anyone who reads the genre will understand what I mean. It's a more sedate form of the genre, more philosophical. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I do look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2010-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible (The Chapters-Indigo website has been deleting my ratings so: I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars/leaves.) 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 people will, but part of its strength is that the author succeeds in making you consider the possibilities. Actually, the author succeeds in making you THINK and consider new ideas, whether you agree with them or not. To my mind, this is something that many attempt but few achieve: writing something which goes beyong mere entertainment (which I don't intend to knock, BTW). All I can say is: wow. Similar recommended titles (given here because of the weird problems I've been having with the Chapters/Indigo website and which they STILL haven't fixed): -Heart of Gold, by Sharon Shinn -On Basilisk Station, by David Weber -Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre -Stardoc #1, by S.L. Viehl -Dune, by Frank Herbert -The Rainbow Cadenza, by J. Neil Schulman
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Pearl by Karen Traviss I loved this book and was thrilled to find a new sci-fi series to read. I would recommend it highly. A great read from start to finish.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original and Amazing I started reading this after discovering Karen Traviss via her Republic Commando books. I must admit, I found it difficult to get into this one at first --- there was so much going on and it was so original that I was at first unclear about what was going on. I didn't give up though, and I'm very thankful for that! This novel turned out to be one of the most original stories I have ever come across. The characters are well developed. The setting is expansive and interesting. The plot is intriguing and tugs at many different societal questions that are often in the news today. I highly recommend this book and the follow on novels. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2007-12-28

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City of Pearl

by Karen Traviss

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.19 × 6.75 × 1 in

Published: February 5, 2004

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060541695

ISBN - 13: 9780060541699

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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 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.

About the Author

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating cast of characters involved in a richly complex situation. She has a good ear for the politics of personal interactions; her people are convincingly real. … Traviss has created a vivid assortment of alien races, each with distinctive characteristics and agendas. … Karen Traviss is a valuable addition to the world of science fiction; she brings a rare combination of insight and experience that will greatly contribute to our field. ” (James Alan Gardner)