Explorer Book Summary and Study Guide

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Daw, November 2002, 23.95, 480 pp.
ISBN 0756400864

The human spaceship Phoenix is on a course that will take them to the Reunion Space Station, which was thought to have been destroyed by unknown aliens. On board the ship are the crew, the Mosphierans and the alien sentient race the atevi, all who have a stake in the outcome of this mission. Upon arrival at their destination, the Phoenix communicates with an alien vessel, whose occupants insists that the Reunion attacked them and demand the return of their crew member and scout ship.
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The captain of the Phoenix promises to try but when they dock at the refueling area, the Reunion won't give them any until certain conditions are met and don't seem in any hurry to be rescued. Bren Cameron, a highly trained human diplomat in the atevi court, is the only possible person capable of negotiating with all the races and groups in the hopes of coming to a peaceful resolution that will placate all interested parties.

This is the final installment in the second Foreigner Universe trilogy and it ties up all the loose ends by answering all the questions and resolving all the issues in a believable manner. C.J. Cherryh writes excellent space opera filled with plenty of action and adventure. The sentient aliens add another rich layer to this colorful tapestry and keeps reader interest not only from first page to last, but back to rereading the previous novels as well.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


Spaceship setting:    -   really, really giant spaceship/station Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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