|Plot Summary of Empty Cities of the Full Moon|
In the immediate future, a scientist develops what she believes is a cure for psychological problems such as schizophrenia. She uses a derivative of a prion. The technology with other advances leads to an epidemic that devastates the human population and destroys civilization except for a small group exiled on the Bahaman islands. Thirty years later, a mutation in the disease imbues a snot nosed 20 something with extraordinary powers who eventually defeats the evil buisnessman.
This synopsis report prepared by C L Gonzo
Ace, Aug 2001, 22.95, 448 pp.
In 2032, medical researchers seeking a biological solution to mental illness engineered a special virus. However, instead of being a panacea, the virus destroys 99% plus of the earth's population. Major cities like New York are annihilated as urban history is over. Most of those few who manage to survive the worst disaster in humanity's existence are not the same. They have been changed into wer-people worshipping the full moon.
Thirty-three years later, a small group clinging to the technology of the past decides to learn what specifically caused the disaster three decades ago. They travel the eastern ghost towns of what was once BosWash and beyond. As they trek along America's Atlantic Coast, no one knows exactly what they will find, only that the quest has begun.
EMPTY CITIES OF THE FULL MOON is a fantasy tale that employs scientific elements like a science fiction tale would use to trigger the catalyst that is the key to the tale. The story line predominately concentrates on two arcs (2032-2033 and 2065-2066), but also floats back to 1999 and 1966. The plot is not linear as the action shifts between decades, adding geometric degrees of complexity to an elaborate story. Though this is this reviewer's first taste of a Howard V. Hendrix novel, it is not going to be the last as this book is reminiscent of the sterling Hiero's Journey and The Unforsaken Hiero, but much more complicated.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Empty Cities of the Full Moon|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Really unusual traits?
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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