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Humanity has developed five sexes as a side effect of a drug that allows FTL travel. Though most worlds accept this, the planet Hara insists that all people identify as either male or female. Warreven, a lawyer and an intersexed person, ends up at the center of a political battle and cultural clash. Though this book is more philosophical and idea-oriented than plot-oriented, it's still very gripping. Don't give up on it - it takes about a hundred pages to get used to the 5 different pronoun sets.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   controls your sex Inner Struggle    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

Identity:    -   An "It". Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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