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It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii—daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate, Aari—who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. Khorii became a hero in her own right as she fought to save the universe from a mysterious, deadly pla It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii—daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate, Aari—who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. Khorii became a hero in her own right as she fought to save the universe from a mysterious, deadly plague that not even the healing powers of the Linyaari could stop. Now, confined with the rest of the survivors on Paloduro, the home planet of the disease, it seems as if the danger may be fading, and Khorii and her friends may be able to stem the tide of death and disease . . . until ominous signs indicate that the perpetrators are near and that the epidemic is only beginning. As old enemies reemerge and a shocking family secret is revealed, Khorii must unlock the malevolent mysteries of the deadly pestilence with the aid of her android "brother" before their unknown foes complete their covert mission to cripple the entire star system.


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It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii—daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate, Aari—who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. Khorii became a hero in her own right as she fought to save the universe from a mysterious, deadly pla It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii—daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate, Aari—who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. Khorii became a hero in her own right as she fought to save the universe from a mysterious, deadly plague that not even the healing powers of the Linyaari could stop. Now, confined with the rest of the survivors on Paloduro, the home planet of the disease, it seems as if the danger may be fading, and Khorii and her friends may be able to stem the tide of death and disease . . . until ominous signs indicate that the perpetrators are near and that the epidemic is only beginning. As old enemies reemerge and a shocking family secret is revealed, Khorii must unlock the malevolent mysteries of the deadly pestilence with the aid of her android "brother" before their unknown foes complete their covert mission to cripple the entire star system.

30 review for Second Wave: Acorna's Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

    This series just doesn't have the charm that the original Acorna series had. I don't know if it's because we're not discovering as many different worlds and cultures or if it's due to having Khorii as a main character, but there's definitely something missing. However, for fans of the series, this is still enjoyable and worthwhile. It's a fast read and this one does a better job of tying into the latter part of the original series than First Warning did. This book is a good set-up for This series just doesn't have the charm that the original Acorna series had. I don't know if it's because we're not discovering as many different worlds and cultures or if it's due to having Khorii as a main character, but there's definitely something missing. However, for fans of the series, this is still enjoyable and worthwhile. It's a fast read and this one does a better job of tying into the latter part of the original series than First Warning did. This book is a good set-up for what's to come. I think the last book of the series is going to be extremely exciting. Not only is the plague transforming into an unknown entity that even Khorii doesn't seem able to fight, old enemies are coming back (as the summary says). Khorii is a bit whiny for my taste, but she does what she needs to do. She has some awesome moments in this book, one with a shady trader, and some others with futuristic pirates. Sometimes I really miss the presence of Acorna's adoptive fathers. Instead, Khorii hangs out with kids whose parents were the victims of the plague. It fits into the story line, but I don't think there are any really strong characters in this series, which bothers me a bit. What I like about this book is that Khorii seems to be coming into her own. Without the help of her parents, she's maturing and learning how to manage by herself. Also, the entire book is suspenseful. You know something really bad is going on, but all the characters seem to pass it off as something odd but not incredibly important. In the end, the begin to figure it out. This is at once frustrating and necessary, because it most definitely kept me turning the pages. I would recommend this for those who have already read the original Acorna series. If you're just now getting into this series, don't start with Acorna's Children. It's not as good and you won't catch the references made to the previous series. Also posted on Purple People Readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plague is over, or the contamination is fading "on its own". However, people are being attacked by invisible forces that can go through walls and influence inanimate objects. This is on all planets, not just one. Acorna and Aari are still quarantined along with Maak, Captain Becker and RK. Karina has a prediction that comes true....... she predicts that their daughter will be home within the week - but it's not Khorii! It is the twin that Grimaulkin took before anyone knew about her. The plague is over, or the contamination is fading "on its own". However, people are being attacked by invisible forces that can go through walls and influence inanimate objects. This is on all planets, not just one. Acorna and Aari are still quarantined along with Maak, Captain Becker and RK. Karina has a prediction that comes true....... she predicts that their daughter will be home within the week - but it's not Khorii! It is the twin that Grimaulkin took before anyone knew about her. She is given a new name: Ariin. She has lived with the Friends, who treated her more like a lab experiment than a person. She gains her telepathic powers and learns about her history, and a way out (the timer that Grimaulkin was forced to give up). She arrives and is reunited with Khorii and the others. Elviiz was damaged when the invisibles pushed a wall upon him. Khiindi seems able to see the invisibles, and is either fearful of them or attacks them. Ariin has plans to get back at Grimaulkin now Khiindi...... so he avoids her if possible. Based on her observations, Khorii has a hypothesis: the invisibles are larger forms of the germs that spread the plague. They also assimilate inanimate objects and take the forms of the deceased. While the plague is gone, the invisibles are the second stage..... Khorii hopes to reunite with her parents, Ariin as well has that hope. But though Maak, Captain Becker and RK are plague free, the Linyaari parents are still infested with the plague. Ariin confides to Khorii that she still has the chrono, and they plan to use it to cure their parents and stop the disease.... if possible.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Braiding

    I'm so glad this book reminds us every second page that the kitten is actually one of the Friends. Otherwise I might forget that Kiindi is actually Grimalkin. Did you know that he's sometimes not a kitty? Because he's actually one of the friends? He is!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Karalius

    I'm having a hard time liking Ariin - she's so shifty and conniving, even though I understand why - but what an exciting penultimate book this was! Can't wait to read the last one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill Watson

    Didn't realize this was a "young adult" novel, but even so, it left me flat. Kindii the cat, doesn't speak to anyone except the audience, and that so seldom I'm not sure it happened, and the other cats aren't able to communicate. Why did it take ALL of the book before anyone realized the plague had corrupted into another form? I was hoping for someone interesting out of Marl, but he was apprehended. Korii / Sisseli does grow, just a teeny bit, but mostly this story just didn't.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Saleris

    The series is coming to an end and I'm not sorry. The writing is becoming. . .desperate. As a long time fan of both Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon, I was sad at this discovery. Even though this is a young adult series, I was expecting writing of the caliber of either the "Damia" or the first section of "Tower and the Hive" series. This is not what is being delivered, and young adults will suffer for it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Something had been niggling at me during the previous book (first warning), but I brushed it off. I realized what it was during this second novel. The writing feels off. Maybe it's because we're dealing with essentially child/preteen protanganist for the most part, but I felt like the novel was written worse than Anne's normal works. I felt like I was reading something far below even the young adult line.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philena Garey

    And the plague goes on. This book has some interesting twists. I found this book too full of convoluted twists and turns. I just want the plague to be over and for Acorna and Arii to get to know their new daughter. I also thought too many new characters were added into the storyline. And now a new developing group of aliens???

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Second Wave: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #9) McCaffrey, Anne how the children of acorna and ari attempt to find a connection between events in their life and save their world and the universe in the same time. how the children prepare for facing an invading force how acorna's children over come their crisis

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    This is kind of like STNG for me. Except I liked Data. I don't like Khorii's robot brother too much. At times I like him. Other times I just roll my eyes and want him to go away. I'm not sure I liked this story as much. It was just okay for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heinz

    these books were very disappointing. at first i thought it was juvenile science fiction, but then part way through there are sex workers and spirits and violent gore...stopped 1/2 way through it and through one of the other acorna books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    I cried when ariinye was reunited with her family. I am wondering what she's planning on doing for her punishment for grimalkin.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Candice Hayden

    This one wasn't too bad, it was actually the next one that I had difficulties with, I have still yet to finish reading this continuation of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great new twist, good plot development. Luckily I read this when I already had the third book - would have been hard to wait!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate Millin

    The plague has mutated people into ghosts who eat inanimate matter and Khorri discovers she has a twin sister

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Fast-paced and action-packed! It picks up nicely where the previous novels left off.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mackie

    Elizabeth Scarborough has good twists and ideas. Not as engrossing as Anne's own books, but still an entertaining read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    guilty pleasure. not much substance, but a quick and enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Simply not as good as the original series. Fans of the earlier Acorna novels should check out some of Anne McCaffrey's other works instead of bothering with this mess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Franca

    slow, slow, slow...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This series is starting to wear thin as it covers Acorna's descendants.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frank

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pat ()

  24. 4 out of 5

    Toi Buirley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Adkins

  27. 4 out of 5

    Truitti

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Mallory

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Daniels

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jill Pollnow

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