Back of the Book:
Yanaba Maddock’s short-lived career as a company spy had ended the moment the planet Petaybee and its people had adopted her as one of their own. Now she was dedicated to keeping Intergal from exploiting and wounding–or even 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–sentient or not.
Only solid evidence would convince the company to leave the planet alone, and for all its sentience, Petaybee’s communications were highly subjective; indeed, some outsiders seemed entirely immune to its voice. So Yana and her friends would have to find some other way to prove that the planet was worth more to the company alive than dead…
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 Algemeine, maintains an open mind, but cultural anthropologist Matthew Luzon uses his training to cheat non-technical cultures out of their heritage. A group of Petaybeans and sympathizers set out for other villages to win over those willing to continue mining despite the planet’s requests to stop. After numerous convoluted plot turns, a Petaybean resistance leads to a satisfactory conclusion. This lackluster tale suffers from excessive sentimentality, while characters are no better developed than in the first volume. Both independently and together, these collaborators have displayed their gifts to better advantage elsewhere.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I really can’t say it any better than I’ve already said it: I’m really biased in regards to Anne McCaffrey, but I still feel that her books are both really well written and interesting enough to last through the ages. Even if people only pick it up because of the author (you know, like me) I’m sure that any future readers will love it.
Honestly, the plot is essentially the same in this book as it was in the first: protect Petaybee and convince the rest of the universe of the planet’s sentience. There are many twists and turns to get there, but it’s well worth the trip.
I’ve already mentioned the main characters in my review about “Powers That Be,” which is the first book in the trilogy. I’m going to mention some newer characters now, though, with one remention:
I feel that Petaybee deserves to be mentioned again because it’s a sentient planet for crying out loud! O_o Okay, that’s not the only reason. Also, I could be wrong because I didn’t actually go through and count how many pages Petaybee is “acting” on, but I feel that the planet got more page time as a character in this book. Not just in the conversations of the other characters, but as a more active participant and communicator.
Marmion de Revers Algemeine is one of Petaybee’s more powerful supporters while Matthew Luzon Petaybee’s most powerful nay-sayer. We have a full-blown evil villian in Luzon.
We also meet people from the Southern continent like Goat Dung and the Sheperd Howling. Oh, and Coaxtl, of course. He’s totally awesome! As always with McCaffrey’s writing, there is a whole mess of supporting characters and even a few secondary-ish characters that I haven’t mentioned, but once you read the book you’ll get to meet them face to print! :-p
Love love love love love love LOVE it! Hahaha! Can you tell that I loved it?
Okay, you already know that I’m biased about McCaffrey, but I really do love her books!
Format Read: ebook
As 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 problems no matter what comes their way. Technically, Yana and Sean fit that definition, but the way I interpret their personalities just doesn’t let them fit together that way.
Everything else about the book is perfect! :-D I may be biased, but McCaffrey’s books are worth taking the time to read. All of them are.
The very worst thing about this book is still Yana’s relationship with Sean. It still feels a little artificial to me. :-/
The very best thing about this book is, also, still Petaybee the sentient planet! Petaybee is more involved in this book, I think, and that makes it even better!