The Ship Who Sang Book Summary and Study Guide

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Helva was born with a severely disabled body but a great brain. As is the custom in the society in which she lives her brain was put into a shell and she was trained to become the controls of a space ship. Just using brains and her voice she is the main partner in a two people crew, her partner, Nyal, is the brawn. The two are destined to solve many problems and save a planet or two. Helva does not have the ability to excel in many arts and crafts but she loves to sing and has a beautiful voice. McCaffrey reaches into the hearts of her readers with this character and it is well worth reading even if you are not usually a sci-fi.
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The review of this Book prepared by Penny

Helva was born deformed, and her governement decides to give her a chance to do something. so they create a spaceworthy scout ship for her to control, literally as she was connected with the ship almost as if it was an artificial arm or leg. Such ships are paired with 'brawn' - a normal human to keep them company.
The review of this Book prepared by Rachael

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting a personal illness/handicap    -   coping with mental/magical powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   explorer    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/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    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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