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Acorna's World Hardcover – July 25, 2000

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Gentle Unicorn Girl Acorna makes her fourth appearance in this galaxy-spanning successor to Acorna's Quest. Her shy, empathetic race, the pacific Linyaari, are still menaced by the horrid insectoid Khleevi, whose cannibalistic Young feast on their own elders as well as on other races they torture and destroy. Acorna, aboard the Condor, a spacegoing salvage ship captained by her friend Jonas Becker and accompanied by the vile-tempered Makahomian Temple Cat Road Kill and her Linyaari friend, Aari, who was previously maimed by the Khleevi, answers a distress call that leads her to a planet of sticky-veined sentient vines holding the secret to sapping the Khleevi and saving the Linyaari from extermination. Along the way, Acorna and Aari fall in love, a giant new Moon of Opportunity marketing venture (MOO) opens up for Acorna's adopted neo-Bedouin Uncle Hafiz, and the former slave children Acorna rescued earlier enjoy suitable education, gainful employment and a future of endless Happy Meals. Predictably strong on sweetness and light, noble self-sacrifice and plenty of teeny-bopper growing-up pangsAthough correspondingly superficial in characterizations and future scientific wondersAthis latest chapter in Acorna's adventures also offers (especially toward its close) some wry social commentary on capitalistic machinations and elder-eating younger generations: harmless good spacefaring fun. The novel includes a glossary of terms and proper names and "Brief Notes on the Linyaari Language." (Aug.)
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Returning to deep space after coming to terms with her lost heritage, the unicorn-like woman known as Acorna answers a distress signal that leads her to a new planet threatened by an old and vicious enemy. The fourth installment in this popular adventure series (Acorna, Acorna's People) demonstrates the storytelling expertise of coauthors McCaffrey and Scarborough. Old and new characters, exotic alien races, and unique methods of problem-solving make this a good choice for sf collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Acorna
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (July 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061050954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061050954
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
On board the space traveling Condor, Acorna The Unicorn Girl feels safe from the insect race the Khleevi who dine on their own geriatrics and delight in eating other races. The Khleevi remain a major threat to Acorna's people, the Linyaari because the insect race has no qualms about genocide, as other species are fodder to them.
Accompanying Acorna on the salvage ship is Captain Becker, first mate Road Kill, and Khleevi escapee Aari. When they receive an SOS from a nearby planet, the foursome feel impelled to help. There they discover the Khleevi has caused another massacre that leaves Acorna and her companions fighting to save two races before further slaughter leaves them extinct.
The fourth Acorna tale is an entertaining young adult science fiction tale. The story line is filled with action and a growing attraction between Acorna and Aari. Late into the tale, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough provide an entertaining, cleverly designed critique on how the young devour the elderly in free market society. Erudite fans will dine on Margaret Ball's linguistic interpretation that intelligently spoofs the plot's action-packed space opera with a small but serious thesis. Though lacking depth to any of the key players except in an overall generalization of the traits of the various races, ACORNA'S WORLD is a fun to read work of science fiction.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diane Catanzaro on July 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We finally get to see Acorna grown up and dealing with her own people, in a culture that she has little understanding of. As often happens, others try to govern her life and actions based upon what they are used to. She manages to retain some control of herself and her own choices.
I'll read anything Anne McCaffrey writes, and this book was certainly up to her usual excellent standards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "cmar7" on August 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Acorna's World leads you into areas unexplored about the whole system Ms. McCaffrey has set Acorna in in the first place. It was very fascinating to this avid S.F. & F. reader. As Acorna learns about her real world and people, we are treated to analogies that pertain to our own real world, and how we treat people, that are not really noticed until after you read it. As usual, the characters were realistic, the background/scenery descriptions were captivating. All in all, a fun jaunt through Acorna's world, with some twists to keep the reader intrigued.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kate on August 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed McCaffrey's Acorna series but was alittle disapointed with the third book of the series. Acorna's World drew me back into the story with lively, lovable charaters and a exciting plot full of dangers. New characters such as Maati become much more then the two-diminsional characters they started out to be. A good relaxing read.
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By izzy lardner on January 4, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I was debating between 4 and 5 stars, simply because I always find it hard to say "this book is 100% perfect". The only reason for the four stars is because it isn't quite on the same level with the books I love the most. That being said, this book-and entire series-is fantastic. I have read the whole series many times, and it just gets better. The story is an interesting one, and provoked new thoughts about the development of humans and technology. Is there an alien race out there? We don't know, and this story highlights our ignorance about the rest of the universe. However, the actual plot of the book is full of twists and turns, along with funny and sarcastic jokes and side stories. I won't ruin the plot by giving a summary: other reviewers have done that, if you want to read them.

One of the most interesting things about the Acorna series is their portrayal of a strong female lead. Many books claim to have a "strong, independent female protagonist", while in fact that female ends up finding love and then depending on it. However, Acorna, as an isolated and solitary little girl growing up among another species, sprouts into a strong young woman who is absolutely capable of whatever is thrown at her. She lives in a world of politics, riches, politics, battles, and yet more politics, yet manages to reconcile her race of unicorn people to humans, who are meeting the first sentient alien race they've ever discovered.

Some people reading this review, the ones who've been dedicated and read the whole series, are thinking, "yeah, yeah, but Acorna does find love, and spends a looooong time searching for him." My point here is that our protagonist finds a physically and mentally disabled unicorn man who has a history of living his life in pain and solitude.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "funjen117" on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although Acorna's World was not quite what i expected it was a great book. I could barely put it down. It is exciting with all of the little twists and turns expected from the reader. I give it an A+.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is my favorite in the Unicorn girl series. I was brought to tears at some points. This is truley A.M's work at it's best! Two thumbs way up!!!!!
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I love the way Anne McCaffrey creates whole worlds. Believable worlds...if you have an imagination. I loved Acorna's World and, as you must know, bought several more of the series, plus branched out into the Crystal Singer books. I am still immersed in the Pern stories and loving every page. These books leave me happy and emotionally content. So many these days tear me up and spit me out! I have enough of that in real life; give me happy and something that stretches my mind every time.
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