April 21, 2016

Power Lines by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Title:  Power Lines
Author:  Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Pages:  297
Genre:  Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Publisher:  Del Rey, 1994
Series:  Petaybee, Book 2

Synopsis: The spellbinding sequel to "Powers That Be," by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

The natives of Petaybee claimed their planet was sentient, but the officials of Intergal did not believe them . . . or want to believe them. The planet was rich in valuable ore, and Intergal was determined to mine that ore no matter what the cost. Yanaba Maddock, once a company spy, was adopted by the planet and its people as one of their own. Now her loyalties are to Petaybee, not Intergal, and she is dedicated to keeping Intergal from killing the world she has come to love. But without proof of the planet's sentience, Intergal will proceed with its mining operations. Can Yana find a way to convince Intergal of Petaybee's sentience before it is too late?

Review:  Of course the big corporation, Intergal, isn't interested in the truth of Petaybee.  Thank goodness, some people see the truth and fight for the planet.  And the planet fends for itself in unexpected ways too.

There are some uncomfortable sexual scenes between Yana and her lover, Sean, who is a Selkie (a human who can become a seal), but they are short and don't take away from the rest of the story.

Yana and the rest of the humans are great.  The huge cat, Coaxtl, and her adopted human 'cub' Goat-dung are the absolute best though.  The writing is good, the setting is realistic, the characters are great.  While there was one scene I didn't especially like, for the most part this book is entertaining and I want to find out what happens next.

Rating:  6.5 / 10

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