|Plot Summary of Point Blank|
|"Alex Rider is the youngest agent of MI6 and their secret weapon. In the second installment of this series, Alex is sent to investigate Point Blanc, an elite boy's school that enrolls the heirs of powerful men. There has been a string of mysterious deaths of the fathers of the students. The school is headed by an eccentric scientist. Alex learns that the doctor has been creating clones of himself and using plastic surgery to have them resemble the boys. They are sent them back to their fathers to take over the corporations. Alex must free the imprisoned boys, destroy the clones, and alert the fathers. "
Joanna , Resident Scholar
|"Alex Rider is a teenager and MI6's secret weapon. He is sent on a mission when MI6 links a death to a boarding school for rebellious, juvenile sons of the rich and famous. Alex discovers Dr. Grief has formed clones and forming duplicates of each teen through plastic surgery. He plans to send the clones' home and use them to receive political secrets and power. Alex's cover is blown and he is left to the mercy of Dr. Grief unless he can devise a plan to escape and warn MI6 before it is too late. "
Jake, Resident Scholar
|"In the book Point Blank, by Anthony Horowitz, a 14 year old secret agent named Alex Rider who works for London's M-16 is sent on a very dangerous undercover mission. Alex is sent in the role of a student to a finishing school called â€œPoint Blancâ€� in the French Alps -- a place that only accepts the sons of very rich and powerful people. His mission is to investigate whether two murders of very rich men who both sent their sons to the finishing school are related. What neither Alex nor the reader knows is that that Dr. Grief (the person running the school) has an ingenious plan to take over the world using the kids at the school.
The entire book is an unfolding of the mystery of what is going on at the school, as Alex makes discovery after discovery, and also is in danger because Dr. Grief and his assistant become aware of what he is up to. When Alex first gets to the school things seem pretty normal except the other kids all seemed to be acting the same and perfectly behaved, like they were brainwashed or something. Alex is told that the third and fourth floors are completely off limits and he knows that something up there is happening. When he gets up to the third floor he sees that is an exact replica of the first floor, including the kids' rooms, and there is evidence that someone is living in each room, doing every single thing that each kid does. In fact, there are televisions in the upper rooms with spying views of the same room downstairs. When Alex is about to leave the school, having seen enough, Dr. Grief catches him and plans to kill him the next morning. Expecting Alex to die Dr. Grief reveals his plan to Alex. 14 years ago Dr. Grief had cloned himself 16 times, the number of kids at the school. After waiting for them to grow to be 14, he opened the school and found the 16 kids who were now the students. He had a plastic surgeon change all his clones in order to look exactly like each one of the kids, and had them copy the kids' actions on the replica third floor. Finally he planned to have each clone of him take their place in the kids' powerful families, and grow into the most powerful people in the world"
Ben Basseches, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Point Blank|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 33.3%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 16.7%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- spying/espionage in enemy territorry
Story involving clones/duplicates?
- bad clones/duplicates
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
- Genius (really!)
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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