|Plot Summary of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax|
|"Louis Drax is an accident-prone nine-year-old boy. He almost died eight other times, but luckily was saved by his mother. His mother and father seem to be struggling with a secret, and whether or not they should share it with their son. One day Louis and his parents go on a picnic. Louis falls into a ravine and dies, yet the details of his death are muddled. Not to mention, his father is nowhere to be found. According to the mother, he just "ran away."
Louis is taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, but he miraculously comes back to life. He is attended for by a doctor at a hospital specialising in coma patients. The doctor falls in love with the boy's mother, yet someone (the father?) has sent threatening letters to both of them. The more research the doctor does into the mother and child's past, the more doubtful he is that the mother is telling the truth about the details surrounding Louis' fall.
Meanwhile, Louis (whose peers call him "Wacko Boy," and whose psychologist calls him a "Disturbed Child,") shares his thoughts with the reader, and the experience of being in a coma. There is something special about this boy. His mother calls him an "angel.""
Emily Kingston, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- musings from the afterlife
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- mentally ill
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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