|Plot Summary of Sliding Scales|
Del Rey, Nov 2004, 24.95, 256 pp.
Flinx was forced to leave the love of his life on New Riveria to recover from serious injuries while being pursued by the Order of the Null (end of the world fanatics) and is wanted by the Commonwealth authorities. He also needs to find an invisible weapons platform made by an extinct race which could detect what is coming from beyond the Great Emptiness. His ship's A.I. has the solution to erase the stress from Flinx's life, something he has never tried before. He goes on vacation.
His A.I recommends he goes to the neutral planet Jast where no Commonwealth authorities exist and the sentient inhabitants, the Vsses, resemble hopping mushrooms, but beings from the Aann Empire are also present. This reptilian species is bringing the planet under their control. An Aann guide accidentally knocks Flinx down a canyon and leaves him for dead.
The Tier of Sjaiinn, a native artisan group held in contempt by the Empire takes Flinx in to their compound. Since he lost his memory they take care of him. Meanwhile, someone is attacking Aann installations with plans to remove the species from the planet and the guide returns to kill Flinx.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Sliding Scales|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- uncovering amnesiatic memories
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
- fighter (air/space) pilot
Really unusual traits?
- Super genius
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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