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The seventeenth novel in Cherryh's  Foreigner  space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences...

The human and atevi inhabitants of Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi , have picked up a signal from an alien kyo ship telling them that the ship is inbound toward Alpha. Five thousand of the inhabitants of Alpha are human refugees from the now derelict Reunion Station. They have seen this scenario before, when a single kyo ship swooped into the Reunion system and, without a word, melted a major section of Reunion Station with a single pass. These refugees, who were rescued through the combined efforts of an allied group of humans and atevi and brought to safety at Alpha, are now desperate with fear.

Bren Cameron--brilliant human emissary of Tabini-aiji, the powerful atevi political leader on the mainland below, and also the appointee of the human president of the island nation of Mospheira--is the obvious choice of representative to be sent up to deal with both the panicked refugees and the incoming alien ship.

As a member of the spacefaring delegation who rescued the refugees, Bren has talked to kyo before--and even won their trust by saving one of their kind from a Reunioner prison. Because of his remarkable diplomatic and linguistic abilities, Bren managed to communicate with that grateful kyo individual on a limited basis, and he has evidence that that same kyo is on the ship heading to defenseless Alpha Station.

But no one can predict what an alien race might do, or what their motivations could be.

And Bren Cameron, the only human ever to be accepted into atevi society, is now the one individual with a hope of successfully interacting with the crew of the incoming ship. But Bren knows it will take putting himself in the hands of the kyo .

Can Bren count on the gratitude of one individual alien to save his life and the lives of thousands on Alpha Station?
Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9780756409104
0756409101
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: viii, 376 pages ; 24 cm.

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andreareads
Oct 30, 2017

“I hope there’s no problem over here. “
“Just worry about the situation,” he said, with that feeling of all the china stacked, so, so delicately, and not wanting to disturb any arrangement he’d put in place.

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andreareads
Oct 30, 2017

Step and step and step. It had worked. Two individuals, wired differently _but aware of it_, had managed not to solve their deepest failures of understanding, but to understand they had them, and to build a bridge across them.

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andreareads
Oct 30, 2017

Mani was learning something. Mani learned from everything. That was what made her dangerous.

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DuncanButcher
Apr 05, 2017

As the other comment notes, this is Book 17, so if you've made it this far, you know what you're in for. This was a good instalment, as it provided a plot twist hinted at perhaps nearly 20 years ago, as well as an interesting opportunity to tie things back into Cherryh's wider universe. Whether or not things ever go there remains to be seen, but this novel provides for fascinating new directions for events to go.

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humbleworm
Sep 20, 2016

This is the 17th book in a continuing series. If you've gotten to this point or have read much of Cherryh's other works, you will have observed that 1) the majority of her works involve strong female characters and vulnerable male characters, and 2) over time her works have become decreasingly plot-driven and increasingly about character dynamics. The sparse events in this book span only a few days and the plot twist was obvious a few books ago. Nevertheless, her novels are well-crafted and set in a vast coherent universe.

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humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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