“Catseye” eBook was published 2015 (paper copy originally published in 1961) and was written by Andre Norton (aka Alice Mary Norton, http://www.andre-norton-books.com). Ms. Norton was a prolific writer with more than 300 titles in her name as an author, co-author or contributor. This is the first of two novels in her “Dipple” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The setting of this Science fiction novel is a far future where Earth has colonizing other worlds. The primary character is Troy Horan.
Horan is young man who is a refugee to the planet Korwar. He, and all of his people, were expelled from their home world due to an interstellar war. Now without any surviving family on Korwar, he struggles to eek out an existence in the Dipple district.
He gets the rare opportunity for a real job with a dealer in rare animals. Horan finds that he has the unique ability to communicate mentally with a handful of very rare Earth creatures. He discovers that they are being used in some sort of plot. Soon Horan with his five four footed friends are on the run for their lives.
The six travelers find themselves time and again in trouble, but are able to work together to survive. Horan discovers that this has not been a simple plot but something much more serious.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 5.5 hours I spent reading this 145 page Science Fiction novel. While is was written more than half a century ago, I still found it engaging. I hope that I have the opportunity to read the sequel as I enjoyed the story. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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