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Spaceships landed on various worlds and colonized them.   When Earth again reopened flight to the star, a planet named Guera held a monopoly over interspace travel, for only they can avoid the danger of further mutation. Many other companies don't like Guera's monopoly and want to also be able to fly in space without a Gueran. A girl by the name of Jamisia lives on one of Earth's satellites, and when raiders comes to the satellite to capture her, she is forced to flee. She doesn't remember much about her past, but knows she has to find out. As she learns more, she realizes that as a child, she was operated on, making her a important person.
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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% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   big overbuilt futuristic city Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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