Exultant - Destiny’s Children 2 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Del Rey, Nov 2004, 25.95, 480 pp.
ISBN 0345457889

Humanity has been at war with the Xeelee for three thousand years. Thanks to FTL spaceships that enables movement through time the aliens know what humans are going to do before they do it. Mankind has one great advantage over the Xeelees in that the human population is so much greater than the Xeelees, which enables them to confine the enemy to the center of the galaxy.
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Humanity has not been able to penetrate the alien base of operations at Chandra. While trying to evade a Xeelee ship, a pilot named Pirius ignores his orders to disengage; he manages to catch the alien spaceship, something never done before. He brings it back into human space two years in the past where he meets his seventeen-year old self. Both are put on trial for disobeying orders. The older Pirius is transferred to a penal asteroid while the younger version is taken under the wing of Commissary Nilis who believes the young man will be of great help in finally resolving the Xeelee problem.

Although there are two Pirius in this story about, the future history of mankind depends on the younger version who has not been battle scarred and believes in the mission the Commissary is pursuing.   Stephen Baxter's; second installment of Destiny's Children shows a future in which mankind is brought up to fight a war and die young, not leaving a trace of their passing.

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 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely forwards/future Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   warship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   a teen


Spaceship setting:    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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

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