Likely Book Club edition (not stated). Black boards with some edgewear, corners bumped. Jacket shows some chipping/edgewear, especially at top/bottom of spine. 1" tear at bottom of spine.
Starting book of the second trilogy set in the "Foreigner" universe.
"The fragile political balance between the humans and the atevi is shattered by the return of the Phoenix, in flight from an alien attack in another sector. Suddenly the planet-wide space race becomes something far more desperate: the need to build a space-based defense against possible alien invasion-and to prevent an interspecies war on the planet in the process."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall