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YD-038 (yes, that's his name and serial number: he pronounces it Whitey O'Thraight)finds himself the sole noncom on an interstellar expedition launched by his rigidly millitaristic society. Poor planning leads to millitary disaster and marooning on a barbaric human colony planet, which only Whitey and his superior, Lieutenant Enson Sermander, survive. A cryptic group of strangers rescues them from prison. After rescue, Whitey finds that he must unlearn all his values to survive aboard the anarcho-capitalist expeditionary ship Tom Paine Maru as he juggles conflicting loyalties, his own social clumsiness, Sermander's dominance games, a most unlikely romance, and an expedition to save an alien planet from nuclear destruction.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Forests Spaceship setting:    -   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 primitive/fantasy society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   weird alien sex    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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