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Lenie Clarke takes a job in a rift at the bottom of the ocean. She, along with the other "rifters," who happen to be trama survivors, gets machinery implanted to make them amphibious. Living in such harsh conditions with a bunch of headcases causes lots of tension sexual and otherwise. As the rifters cope, a women named Patricia Rowan is studying the death and escape of a rifter. Then it is learned that a primordial live-form known as Behemoth was living in the rift. It is simple there for the head cheeses (advanced a.i.) perfer it because of its simplicity. They plan to nuke Beebe. The rifters catch wind of it. So they all run, except for Lenie who stays and ends up getting picked up by a sub.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   doing it with a robot/computer How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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