Decision at Doona - Anne McCaffrey

I found this book to be disappointing compared to Anne McCaffrey’s other work. The novel follows the oft-used theme of humans seeking a way off a used-up and crowded Earth. A suitable uninhabited planet (Doona) is discovered and volunteers are sent out to colonise it. However, things start to get interesting when the humans discover a mysterious cat-like race (the Hrrubans) living nearby. This would generally be the launching point for any number of interesting stories, but instead McCaffrey fills the rest of the novel with boring political arguments over planetary jurisdiction. The interactions between the protagonist’s son and the Hrrubans aren’t too bad, but I didn’t feel any real interest in or connection to the characters. I’d go and read McCaffrey’s other books – this one isn’t worth it.

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