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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Acorna by Anne McCaffrey. Margaret Ball Goodreads Author. John Ennis illustrator. She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones.
A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones.
A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.
But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by "The Piper" -- a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 1st by Turtleback Books first published July More Details Original Title.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 02, r. I read this as part of a big cleaning out of the many books I've purchased since my teen years, but never actually read. I expected it to be an earnest story about a unicorn girl named Acorna nonetheless and as such possibly humorously bad. One mark in its favor is that there was a very definite wry tone to the narrative, so most silliness seems intentional. But that's pretty much the only mark in its favor.
Sadly, this book is just It's badly written and badly structured, with constant I read this as part of a big cleaning out of the many books I've purchased since my teen years, but never actually read. It's badly written and badly structured, with constant POV changes, often from one paragraph to the next, a plodding pace, and a complete lack of rising action or climax.
It's as if the authors forgot that in a book things not only need to happen, but need to happen in a way that's interesting and engaging. Instead, the characters all quite shallow just sort of wander about and do stuff with little to no competent resistance or drama. There's never any suspense or sense of danger despite the fact that the characters are ostensibly attempting very dangerous things. Every antagonist either turns out to mean them no harm and becomes a massively powerful ally or is instantly and easily dispatched by aforementioned massively powerful allies.
So, instead of anything remotely entertaining you're basically just reading a dull account of how some dudes easily accomplished a thing.
This is the part where I would usually complain about the relationships, but there's not much to complain about.
There are a couple of people who appear to vaguely like each other and in the end maybe move in together or get married or something with no actual development leading into this. They proceed to have a brief conversation in which no conclusions are reached and absolutely nothing is resolved, and then it's completely forgotten about for the rest of the book. I suppose it would be disappointing if you had any reason to care about any of these people?
I don't know. At any rate, I expected this book to be bad, but it was surprising in the way that it was bad. Instead of earnest, melodramatic cheese bad, it was shoddily-thrown-together, barely-a-story bad. Magical and dazzling, this peculiar fantasy novel about a girl who is part unicorn is one of the most interesting books I've read so far this year.
Although at times I thought it was veering off the path of imaginative and becoming more typical, I still really enjoyed it. View 1 comment. Jun 23, Jerry rated it really liked it Shelves: a-to-z-challenge Synopsis When their demise is imminent, a mother and father jettison their newborn daughter from their spaceship to save her life.
When she is found by three guys in a mining ship, they name her Acorna, but know nothing about the alien race from which she hails. Acorna develops both physically and mentally faster than expected, and shows both intelligence and healing powers. When a threat is made on her life, it's up to Acorna and her three caretakers to keep her from harm.
The first in a l Synopsis When their demise is imminent, a mother and father jettison their newborn daughter from their spaceship to save her life.
The first in a long series. The Good The writing here is spot-on, for one. Also, the plot is engaging, and most of the characters--especially Acorna herself--are likable. This is a wonderful start to the series; I can only hope the rest of the books stack up to this one.
The Bad Unfortunately, the authors felt the need to add some crude and profane content into the mix. D-words and b-words are thrown around a few times, as are sexual references, including ones to prostitution. Granted, that latter subject is vilified, as it should be, but it's still there.
You may want to think twice about handing this to a child or young teenager. Conclusion The late Anne McCaffrey was and still is a legend when it comes to science fiction. Not only have her books sold into the millions and continue to be in print decades after their initial release, but some of her stories have even been made into computer games. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a movie based on the Pern books scheduled to come out sometime in the next few years. Some purists may find issue with her co-writing a book with someone else, but, I really enjoyed this one, even though it was my third time reading it.
Score: 3. Sep 21, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Okay, this is going to be of a review for the entire series of Acorna books because, well, there are alot of them and I would get carpal tunnel if I wrote an individual review of each book. Basically this is the story of 2 asteroid miners who come across a strange space pod that has a little girl that resembles a unicorn inside of it.
As she is only a baby and there is no one to care for her, they quickly adopt her. This creates all sorts of problems as she is highly sought after as proof of alie Okay, this is going to be of a review for the entire series of Acorna books because, well, there are alot of them and I would get carpal tunnel if I wrote an individual review of each book.
This creates all sorts of problems as she is highly sought after as proof of alien life. So the three miners head to the planet Kezdet, where they have heard that with enough money, one can live without being bothered. However Kezdet has its own problems, namely that its entire economy relies on children working as literal slaves. The 3 miners, along with Acorna, work to end this terrible tragedy. In later books, the story of searching for acorna's people takes place, along with her finding a boyfriend who is physically and emotionally scarred, and finding out that her people are at war with a bug-like race, the Khleevi who are responsible for not only her being an orphan but also for her boyfriends scars as well.
Up until this point the story is pretty straightforward and easy to understand and really quite enjoyable. Anne McCaffrey once again is able to create a world that is easily understandable, with characters you can identify with. However, eventually as the series wore on, i think she ran out of plot developments and the story just turns downright well, bizarre. Acorna's boyfriend finds a way to travel back in time and he tries to change history so that he is never captured by the khleevi and tortured can't really blame the guy but still meanwhile while doing this he somehow traps acorna in a time loop so that she isn't in the past with him or in the present with everyone else but somewhere else altogether.
At this point the story got so incredibly technical, hard to follow and really just unbelievable that I stopped reading before finding out how they fixed it. But I assume they did, becasue there is apparently another series entirely that follows thier children and it is somewhat difficult to have kids if you are stuck in some sort of time vortex Oct 03, Elisabeth rated it really liked it.
I found this book in my school library when I started grade 9, and I thought it sounded like the absolute most ridiculous book in the history of the world! I spent the next three years making fun of it, and my friends and I even had a sort of inside joke about it.
Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna Series #1)
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Acorna: The Unicorn Girl
Foreign Editions No dedication France Germany Acorna : The Unicorn Girl with Margaret Ball  It had started as a pleasure-cruise spaceship, but as the Khlevii moved closer to them it threatened to turn into a death chamber. They knew there was no hope for them, the adults, but they took a chance on their youngling, nestled her into a pod and ejected her into space before exploding themselves and the hated Khlevii with them. It was three young space prospectors in an asteroid mining ship who hauled the piece of "space debris" aboard and opened it up. It contained an alien youngling.
Acorna Unicorn Girl by Anne Ball, First Edition
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