I met her twice. Both times at the Miami Book Fair. the first time I followed her to the rest room. As she washed her hands, I introduced myself (I was so nervous) and mentioned how much Surviror cost. She hissed and said it wasn't worth it. A few years later, she again appeared at this festival. It was right after she wrote fledging. I sat next to her before the event and told her that at FIU there was a course about her. She was surprised. A photogapher took a pic of us. I'm trying to find her. My heart broke when she died. I have all but her books but survivor. if anyone know where i can get it cheaper that 200., i'd appreciate it. PEACE
I found it at my local library and ate it in a day.
To be honest, I have to agree with the late great author. It came off like more of a brainstorm. There's like three stories in it that she later used for the Clay Ark story arc and the Xenogensis series. It was very choppy and moved too quickly. She never did background info on the story so the reader will feel like there are some chapters missing.
I've only managed to wade through the first fifty or so pages; I find the writing tedious, and while there are so many tempting books on my shelf, unappealing. Maybe one day I'll finish reading it; maybe I'll just be content to take your word for it.