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Midshipman's Hope Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Midshipman's Hope

Faced with the deaths of superior Officers, 17 year old Midshipman Nicholas Seaforth reluctantly takes command of the UNS Hibernia on its 18 month trip to Hope Nation. He faces mutiny, internal politics, ship invasion, first contact with vaccuum residing species, and (most difficult of all) his own internal expectations.
This report prepared by Stephen Scott



This book is about a young Midshipman in a futuristic Navy.
When all the senior officers die in accidents, he has to take command of the ship light years from Earth. Nick Seafort (the main charecter) becomes his own worst enemy by thinking that everything he does is wrong and that he is responsible for everything bad that goes on in the ship.
He fails to see the good things that happen. But through the entire book he is fighting an inner battle to try and find himself.
This report prepared by chris cowie



Due to the withdrawl of compulsory education, interstellar ships are run along eighteenth century sailing rules. A young midshipman, named Phillip Seafort, is forced to take the reins of command when his superior officers are killed in an accident. Not only does he have to get passengers and crew home, he must deal with rebellion, malfunction and fear both within and out as he seeks to prove himself and maintain his honour.
This report prepared by Jo Berry








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 15%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 55%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great naval officer Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet Training/Apprent.    -   Yes Working up the ranks of...    -   armed forces Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   a teen

Setting

Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport 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?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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