|Plot Summary of 8.4|
|"The 8.4 in the title refers to 8.4 on the richter scale. Yes, a very large earthquake. The story centers around a big earthquake, followed, by an even bigger one, then the scientific community gathering together to try to figure out how to prevent another one. This is because the earthquakes are taking place on the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the United States. This is a real earthquake zone in the lower Mississippi Valley, underlying Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennesee, and other states to a lesser extent. Studies show that past earthquakes in the area come in clusters. The first one is 7.1, then the 8.4. Scientists fear another one is coming. The area is already devastated and states have declared martial law. Looting is rampant. "
BethG, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of 8.4|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 40%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Disaster, natural or nuclear
Kind of disaster:
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- scientific labs
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
- hundreds or more
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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