Anne McCaffrey – KillashandraJanuary 11th, 2010 by Sara
Genre: Science Fiction
Basic Plot: As one of the newest and most subtle of the Crystal Singers, Killashandra was sent by the guild to the planet Optheria in order to repair the famous crystal organ. With a smooth start, the assignment ought to have been easy credit for her…until she suddenly found herself kidnapped and isolated on an island with nothing more than a knife and a fishing line. Needing to escape, Killashandra knew that she not only had to save her own life, but also had to confront and defeat the corrupted system of Optheria.
Characters: With a strong female lead character, it’s surprising that the author manages to clearly show the lesser characters within the novel, each of them brimming with life and seeming to be as 3d as a fictional character is able to be. Killashandra herself is put in a number of different situations that test her realism and seems to pass each one with flying colours. There are a number of strong personalities in this book that seem to mesh together or conflict rather well, depending on their individual loyalties.
Style: Written as a 3rd person narrative, the novel nevertheless remains with the main character of Killashandra throughout, and for this reason the readers aren’t allowed to see the thoughts or motivations of the other characters. Whilst a little frustrating at some points, this effect works rather well.
Opinions: An absorbing ‘read it when you have a spare moment’ book, Killashandra redeems itself from the mildly contrived ending by the sheer warmth and force of the characters that drive the story along. Indeed, the plot itself is fantastic in its relative simplicity, throwing in a few twists and turns here and there in order to keep the appeal of the book alive. Another ‘get it when you see it’ book from Anne McCaffrey’s Crystal Singer series.
Audience: Teenagers +