Commitment Hour

League of Peoples

Book 2
Open Road Media
4
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In this “riveting” series from “a brilliant new voice,” gender in the twenty-fifth century is a matter of personal choice—until you reach the Commitment Hour (David Feintuch).

After most of Earth’s population has left for other planets, life is simple in the isolated village of Tober Cove. Fullin, a twenty-year-old musician, lives well off of his craft. But soon he must make a life-changing decision that all residents of Tober Cove must make. Up until their twenty-first birthdays, the people of Tober Cove change gender every year. But at the age of twenty-one, they must commit to being male, female, or a Neut (essentially a hermaphrodite) for the rest of their lives. As Fullin nears the moment of decision, his faith becomes shaken when he uncovers secrets that distort his beliefs.
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About the author

James A. Gardner is the author of seven science fiction novels and one collection of short stories. Gardner lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781497623491
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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