|Plot Summary of Return to the Stars|
|"When John Gordon starts believing that his advantures as Zart Arn were just a fantasy, he is brought to stars again, this time in full flesh.
Gordon meets his beloved Lianna, and flies with her to her home planet. On the way, they are forced to change course and land on Lianna's cousin's planet, inhabiteed by non-humanoid race. Narat Tein (Lianna's cousin) is organizing a revolt against Lianna, with the help of many non-humanoid races, as well as Counts of Outer Space and strange creatures following them.
The creatures, clad in gray, posses great mental powers, and often control and attack humans (and other races) using their minds.
As Gordon, and the rulers of the Galactic Empire learn more about them, they realize that those "people" already attacked the Empire once, and were defeated using the "Destroyer". Now they want Gordon, because he already used the weapon. Only they don't know that Gordon did not know anything about it when he used the weapon.
Assisted by the former ruler of the Cloud - Sherr Kan, who was defetaed in the last war, Gordon escapes captivity and learns the secrets of the gray-clad race.
A war breaks out with the home-planet of Lianna being in its center. For a brief time, Narat takes control, but is killed before Lianna transfers control to him. The Empire uses the "Destroyer" again, and defeats the gray-clad creatueres. "
irina, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Return to the Stars|
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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
War or Invasion
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an entire race
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- mind control
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and 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