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A story from my [edit - son's] youth, so the description is sort of fragmented.

  1. Humans are almost extinct, most that remain are mutated or cross-breeds.

  2. Earth's location is forgotten, but main characters find it.

  3. Earth surrounded by blockade of derelict ships.

  4. Aliens lack the ambition/survival drive of humans - a broken leg might be a fatal injury.

  5. Galactic civilization is decaying.

  • Welcome to the site! =) This is a good first post, but I wonder if you could add any of the things listed on this page. The more info like that you provide us, the faster your answers are likely to come :) – Au101 May 25 '17 at 0:59
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    When was your youth? Last year? Last decade? The 15th century? Was it a short story or novel? – Moriarty May 25 '17 at 1:23
  • Oops, I should edit this - it's actually my son's youth, so probably 10-15 years ago. – Hakhazar May 25 '17 at 1:34
  • A winner from Organic Marble - Earthblood is it. Thank you! – Hakhazar May 25 '17 at 1:47
  • Thanks! Please click the checkmark by the answer to mark it as correct. It's also a possible (unaccepted) answer to this old question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/105673/… – Organic Marble May 25 '17 at 3:07
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This may be Earthblood by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown

  1. Humans are almost extinct, most that remain are mutated or cross-breeds.

This is the major premise of the book. The hero is an almost-unique pure strain Terran

  1. Earth's location is forgotten, but main characters find it.

In the latter part of the book, the hero and his comrades' search for Terra is successful.

  1. Earth surrounded by blockade of derelict ships.

The alien Niss fleet orbits Terra but is abandoned/filled with dead Niss.

"I see our dreadnoughts, all in station, orbiting the enemy homeworld. But no one answers our signals...."

-- the last surviving Niss

  1. Aliens lack the ambition/survival drive of humans - a broken leg might be a fatal injury.

Sounds familiar, but a quick check did not turn this up

  1. Galactic civilization is decaying.

Again, a major premise of the book.

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    Yep, Earthblood for sure. Point 4 is early in the story, before Roan joins the circus. His gracyl playmates are left for dead if they break a leg. – user14111 May 25 '17 at 3:03

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