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Foreigner: A Novel of First Contact Book Review Summary

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For almost five centuries Humans have lived on the planet of the Atevi. During that time the Atevi and Humans have been to war, the subsequent peace being held through their almost total segregation, and a trade agreement via which the Humans trade their advanced technology to the less technically advanced Atevi. Only one Human is permitted direct access to the Atevi mainland, Bren Cameron, the Paidhi (interpreter). Normally Bren Cameron has little to do but study the Atevi's customs and language, dutifully make a record for his sometime successor, and act as intermediary as and when the situation arises. Then, without warning, things suddenly change and Bren Cameron finds himself thrown into a dangerous political situation. And he doesn't why. Not until the Atevi are sure of their manů   
This report prepared by Charles Smyth








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat 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

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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