The Ireta adventure: Dinosaur Planet and Dinosaur Planet survivors Unknown Binding – 1978
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All in all it was a couple of hours well spent.
Kai is wakened from cryo-sleep by the Thek Tor. Sleep must have lasted more than a few weeks as Kai's broken hand has healed. Tor wants a report. As the Theks digest information slowly, Kai has time to wake Verian. Tor's reponse takes Kai to the old site while Verian wakes Lunzi and Triv. This is fortunate as Kai is wounded. They are helped by the furry fliers from the previous book, who show more intelligence than expected. In her explorations, Verian discovers descendants of the mutineers and discovers that 43 years have passed. The mutineer camp are expecting a heavy-worlder colony ship, and this does not go over well with the victims of that mutiny.
All of a sudden several ships and Theks arrive on the scene. The story progresses on. The ending is no surprise, every hint has been given throughout both books that the Thek are somehow involved with the planet Ireta.
However, Anne McCaffrey shows her faith in the future by our heroes being true to their beliefs - even when under threat by the "heavy-worlders". She promotes the ideas that people of differnt idealogies can get along, with goodwill, and work, from all sides being the keys.
She introduces some completely new characters (Including Sassinak, who sparks off a new sequence of books); without diminishing our hopes for the existing characters. In fact, as it ws originally billed as part II of the Dinosaur Planet Trilogy I've been waiting for a long time for her to round off the series by letting us know what happens to those who chose to stay on that planet (in spite of all it's problems)
If that sounds a bit dry, or even dull; I've done Miss McCaffrey a dis-service, for it's a rattling good read that rockets along at a tremendous pace (carrying us with it)and the characterisation shows her mastery of her craft. All this and an up-lifting storyline!
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