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The Rowan (1990)

de Anne McCaffrey

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Sèrie: The Tower and the Hive (1), The Talents Universe (4)

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Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future. The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto. An orphaned young girl, simply called The Rowan, is discovered to have superior telepathic potential and is trained to become Prime Talent on Callisto. After years of self-sacrificing dedication to her position, The Rowan intercepts an urgent mental call from Jeff Raven, a young Prime Talent on distant Deneb. She convinces the other Primes to merge their powers with hers to help fight off an attack by invading aliens.… (més)
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I love the concept here. Psychic people who can move ships with their minds. An orphan battling terrible trauma, but with incredibly powerful talent.

Execution, though... wasn't great. There's no real overarching plot. Aliens show up briefly and then aren't mentioned again for years. There are two romances, both of which are nearly instant. The big emotional moments are summed up in a paragraph or two, while pages are spent on food or interior decorating. If you asked me what the central problem of the book is, I'm not sure what I'd say.

It's a quick read so you may as well give it a shot, it gets you thinking. Could be better though. ( )
  jennelikejennay | Dec 31, 2020 |
A good, strictly sci-fi Anne McCaffery with some well-written women lead characters. The Rowan, of course, is our main protagonist, and we see her from childhood through into adulthood. The story takes place in a future time when Earth's inhabitants have colonized planets and move not through engine power but through the vast abilities of telepaths.

She is found after a mudslide because her mind will not stop shouting, and the Prime (the primary telepath of her planet) insists on rescuing her. This Prime is also a doozy of a character and is created for that purpose: not every female character can be likeable! Contrast her with the Rowan's primary caregiver, and some snippy cousins, and you have a good human basis for this sci-fi story.

Once the Rowan grows into adulthood, however, the story navigates in and around and through this interstellar travel, an invasion by an alien species, and a love story between equals. I did have to shake my head at McCaffery's /the Rowan's statement that she "never felt more womanly" than after she gave birth, but there you have it. Definitely a good and decent read and insight into a future of possibilities. ( )
  threadnsong | Sep 13, 2020 |
I first read this series in middle or high school, and while I couldn't remember much of the plot I recall enjoying it immensely. So when I saw this for $2 in a used bookstore the other day, I couldn't resist picking it up. It's a fast, engaging read with beautifully developed characters. I love the mechanics of space travel and teleportation as well. It's also possible that the nostalgia of reading something I haven't looked at in ages made it even more enjoyable. Definitely curious to read the whole series this time around, since I only ever made it through the first three when I was younger. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Oh lord. I liked this book when I was a kid, but re-reading as an adult, the gender politics is pretty much intolerable. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
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97 points, 5 STARS!

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Instead, she had gone from one lonely tower to another. Yegrani’s ‘long and lonely road’ had been before her a long and lonely time.
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I absolutely loved reading The Rowan. It was like this book was specifically created to hit all of my "Oh my god, I love it!" buttons. It is slow paced, taking the reader through the life of The Rowan. Perhaps a bit slower than some readers might wish McCaffrey to go, even. Yet I loved the pace, and I loved watching The Rowan grow up.

This is the start of a spinoff from McCaffrey's The Talents series, several generations removed from the characters in those books, so it isn't necessary to read The Talent before reading this (and I wouldn't even recommend that you do). I'd guess at the very least seven generations have passed, if not more. Mankind has found a way to colonize space. And the only way they could do that was through the help of extremely talented Prime telekinetics and telepaths who work tirelessly to shift people and supplies and send messages across the galaxy.

Enter The Rowan. She was found as a toddler because she kept sending a distress signal to an entire planet. Her family all dead, she grew up a ward of the planet for the good of FT&T, who are the organization that employs the Primes. The Rowan is extremely powerful from an unbelievably young age. She grew up knowing she would be a Prime, and she grew up with everyone else knowing she would be a Prime. Which means that she was training to work even as a young kid. That is all she ever really does is work and study, even from as young as nine years old, except for some short vacations.

We follow The Rowan as she grows up. She is so incredibly lonely. It is heartbreaking. She works and she works and she works, because she doesn't really have any peers. Everyone around her is an underling, they all answer to her. And then midway through the book, she gets trapped on a Callisto, one of Jupiter's moons for Story Reasons, which makes The Rowan even more lonely. Because she doesn't have anyone and can't go anywhere. It breaks my heart.

Until a colony planet, Deneb, is attacked by aliens and is requesting help from Earth Prime. Only, Deneb got The Rowan, instead. Which is the start to not only an amazing story, but a beautiful relationship as well when Deneb turns out to be a newly awakened Prime worthy of being with The Rowan.

I absolutely adored this book, and I honestly would consider rereading it at some point in the future. It just felt so right. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
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La Rowane est à mon sens l'un des meilleurs romans du cycle des Doués. Après les deux premiers, très intéressants mais un peu décousus, on a ici une histoire certes très conventionnelle, mais pleine de fougue, à l'image de son héroïne. C'est de la SF sympathique, très space-opera, typique des années 50/60 ou des Perry Rhodan. A l'inverse des romans suivants qui se diluent un peu, celui-là nous offre de bonnes heures de lecture "détente", légères, avec des personnages proches de nous, comme McCaffrey sait si bien les faire...
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Anne McCaffreyautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Kukalis, RomasAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stromberg, MikeDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future. The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto. An orphaned young girl, simply called The Rowan, is discovered to have superior telepathic potential and is trained to become Prime Talent on Callisto. After years of self-sacrificing dedication to her position, The Rowan intercepts an urgent mental call from Jeff Raven, a young Prime Talent on distant Deneb. She convinces the other Primes to merge their powers with hers to help fight off an attack by invading aliens.

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