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The time is roughly a century from the present. The Earth is ruled by three religious tyrannies: The New Morality in North America, The Holy Disciples in Europe and South America, and the Sword of Islam in the Mideast.
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A huge, cylindrical ship..a habitat, is built, and peopled with "undesirables" thinkers, individualists, etc..and sent off to Saturn.
The overt purpose of this mission is to study Saturn and the new life forms found on Titan, and to get rid of 10,000 troublemakers.
However, each of the three governments on Earth has seeded the habitat with spies and moles. The story focuses on the powerplays between the various factions.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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