The Praxis Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is classic space opera. The Shaa aliens conquered most of our region of space, bringing 6 other alien species (including humanity) under their rule. Now the last of them has died, leaving a gaping power vacuum waiting to be filled. Our hero commands a ship trying deperately to thwart an alien takeover of the government, while also battling the stultifying mindset of a navy that hasn't fought a war in over 3 millenia. There's also a woman who has clawed her way to the middle of the naval heirarchy; the story of her journey intersperses with the space opera and the political maneuvering.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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