Summary

Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different - and terrible - ways to die.
Festina Ramos belongs to the well-trained, always-dwindling ranks of ECMs (Expendable Crew Members). Now she and her partner, Yarrun Derigha, have been ordered to escort the unstable Admiral Chee to Melaquin -- the feared "Planet of No Return"-- which has swallowed up countless Explorers before them without a trace.Obviously, this is meant to be the last mission for Ramos and Derigha. But it won't be, if Festina can help it.
©1997 James Alan Gardner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Almira on 05-10-12

Odd but delightful

Occasionally improbable but interestingly speculative, I found the story fun and the narrator excellent. Festina's delightful internal voice and development as a character is absolutely is the strongest thing about this book, but I will be interested to hear more about this universe, the League of Peoples, the Explorer Corps and the Admiralty in the other books.

What's with Audible's numbering of the series, though? Is there not a Book 2?

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Professor on 09-10-12

Future is a very strange place

Humanity finally have FTL and we were contacted by conglomerate of alien races (League of Peoples), who told us the rules of living in this universe.
The most important one is " SHALT NOT KILL" if you are a murderer you are not sentient, and there are many more interesting things to know on this topic, but I leave it up to you to read them.

The second most curious thing about the future is the EXPLORER CORE.
Being explorer is a very dangerous job, and mortality rate is very high (oh s**t!), and when someone popular on the ship dies during exploratory mission it disrupts people's morale for a long while.
So it was decided to use someone who won't be liked by anyone, won't be popular on the ship, people with birth defects, outcasts, expendable material.

PS
the plot was very interesting, but I have a feeling that the first book was just laying basis for the future storyline. .

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