Number of words : 10500
Percent of complex words : 7.5
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 9.7
Fog : 6.9
Flesch : 76.5
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.5
A boy who needs to get offworld in a hurry.
Shipmaster and pirate.
The ship's surgeon.
He and his gang are after Peter on Mokmer.
An Iron Lady drive engineer.
A young Flux Swimmer.
Where Peter wants to get a ride anywhere but here.
The planet he wants to leave.
Bafq Gap and Belterra Sphere
Places he doesn't want to go.
A planet he wants to get to, in the Frovolo Hub.
The Napier Belt
Has a good antique weapons market.
Has a strong magnetic field.
An old civilisation.
A sonic disruptor weapon.
Small, non-lethal weapon that looks like a soldering iron.
A pirate ship that is really the Devilfish.
Humans with brain surgery modifications to make them dumb and docile.
An unmodified human.
St. Elmo's Fire
An electrical weather phenomenon.
Creatures that live among stars and create magnetic fields. Can be used as a weapon as a result.
Peter needs to get offplanet as some thugs are after him. He gains passage on the Iron Lady in trade and in labour, where he is to work as the apprentice surgeon for a crew of cyborgs.
The ship is really a pirate ship and also uses lobotomised human cyborgs as labour.
When the ship gets in a conflict he learns that they are actually the infamous crew of the pirate ship Devilfish, and that their advantage is a captive pair of Flux Swimmers, who have magnetic abilities that can be used to disable other ships.
Peter is horrified by this information given to him by a slightly less dumbed down lobot girl who tends them, and he decides to help her do something about bumping off the cyborg crew. That is, metal powers, cyborgs = bad combination for them if the Baby Flux Swimmer can be given enough food to make it strong enough to use its nascent abilities at this range.
The problem with this plan is the girl also has metal in her head, and it will kill her if Peter can't convince her to let him operate first, very, very fast.
4.5 out of 5