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The world is now divided into three different class of peopl : the humans who are ruled by the dictator Kier Gray, then there is the second generation of Slans, mutants who are hidden among the humans and who are waiting for an occasion to overthrow Kier Gray and, finally, the first generation of Slans, mutants who are able to read thoughts and who are hated by the two other groups because they once ruled the earth.
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Jommy Cross is a Slan of the first generation who's desperately searching for the inventions and the scientific papers of his late father. He will discover by himself that the human society is infiltrated by the Slans of the second generation who are secretly building massive weapons on Mars. Jommy will have to hide from them as well as from humans. He'll soon understand that the only way to prevent a global war is to meet Kier Gray. But how will he enter the palace of the dictator?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Which planet?    -   Mars Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Spaceship setting:    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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