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Decision at Doona: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1987
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When I finished the last book in the series, it was so good that I seriously mourned the end of this series and its characters as I have real people in my life. This series of books had everything in them I cherish about life, learning and growing that I've found in my favorite Anne McCaffrey series, such as the true meaning of friendship, redemption, perseverance, self-sacrifice for the greater good, wisdom and humor.
I was so glad that Anne McCaffrey continued writing about Doona. As you might notice, she wrote the second and third books in the trilogy over two decades later and with a co-author Jody Lynn Nye.
For those of us that find the Pern books to be their all time favorites it won’t rise that high. Anne’s writing as always is clear and concise yet visual and warm.
Reminder this book was written in 1969 and it has a number of social norms for that time that are disturbing in 2019. Women are weak and have no place in the work force or decision making it seems. The main character, a man seems under developed and not evolved enough to be capable our space travel.
The little boy in the story is the only character that appears enlightened enough to represent life centuries from now.
Very dated material.
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To me this book is well written (as are the following books). About humans colonising a lovely pastoral planet and finding that they are not alone on said planet and all the controversy that follows. The Earth of this future is not a happy one if you like fresh air, greenery/plants and animals; I couldn't blame the colonists for not wanting to back to an overcrowded Earth with very little greenery, etc. The Hrruban's are wonderfully described and are equal (if not superior in some things)to the humans.
One of main reasons I started reading these particular three series of books over any other science fiction was that they were not based around wars. When I was looking for a book to read it seemed that a lot of science fiction stories/series seemed to be based around a war/conflict which seemed to continue through each book in the series. I like a book that I can escape from all that (after all, there is, sadly, too much of that going on in the real world today).
I am not going to try and describe the story any further as I am not much good at reviewing things (you may have guessed from this). All I will say, is that I find this a thoroughly enjoyable book to read. You can read it on it's own, you do not need to keep buying the other books in the series if you don't want to (it doesn't leave you hanging at the end). In other words - I like it and would recommend it.