Number of words : 20000
Percent of complex words : 9.5
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 14.1
Fog : 9.4
Flesch : 66.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.5
A young Covenant man that is religiously uncomfortable.
A Prayer Group leader.
Rachel and Bartholomew
A married couple.
Agnes' second cousin who has a brief relationship with Martin.
A boat breeder.
A Firmlander biologist and studier of native microfauna. Martin's academic mentor.
A fellow student, anthropologist and colleague.
A Freelander mathematician from the southern ocean.
Author of "Euphoric Effects of Z/12/80 Excretions".
Perform a religious ritual when a pool in a village has a zooamine bloom.
A religious denomination.
A religious denomination.
Daniel belongs to this.
Where Daniel studied.
The planet Martin lives on.
Built from a ship hull.
A coastal town on a river mouth.
Town where Lena lives and the university is.
Ferez's Deep Church
A spaceship built of stone, glass, and wood where Daniel gets married.
A city of ten million people on the east coast.
Daughter of God. The Holy Jester.
Transformation of the Covenant biosphere by the Angels when deciding to change from their previous posthuman forms.
The trip to Covenant by the Angels.
A religious baptism ceremony where the recipient must stay underwater for a considerable time.
Ancient dwelling place.
For Covenant people the penis is transferable after sex, from one partner to the other.
The original colonists. Apparently gave up immortality to produce the people and situation on Covenant now by devolution.
Lowest level of a body of water.
Measure of time on Covenant.
Religious texts of the Deep Church.
Beatrice Joining the Angels
A religious painting.
Feeding on nutrients in the ocean, moving pumping water through channels in its skin, guided by both sunlight and Covenant's magnetic field.
Human inhabitants of Covenant, split by where they live.
Other human inhabitants of Covenant, split by where they live.
A native microfauna.
Martin lives in a smaller town of Covenant, a settled colony of Earth now lower tech and devolved than when it began, having come through a history of strife and religious conflict. His family is still religious, and his brother has chosen a particularly backward hicksville religion the Deep Church, and talks him into undergoing the underwater religious rite.
Later, a sexual experience with a cousin of his sister-in-law's where the bridge of actual genital transfer happens shakes him as her worldview is radically different to his. She is not religious at all.
When he goes to university he studies microbiology and learns that an accident of the changes via ecopoeisis on this world left zoocytes with zooamines that can mess with brain chemistry when in the ocean. Leaving that Beatrice given religious feeling purely technical, even though it still happens. This causes some controversy and garners a fair amount of media attention for his team and from people that want to argue about it. There are still plent of fundamentalists.
At the end, in a small village a concentrated bloom of these happens periodically, and people gather to undergo a rite that leaves them with a religious high. His interruption and explanation of this to the credulous bumpkings is not overly well taken. He is left thinking all night sitting outside a church, pondering.
4 out of 5