|Plot Summary of Andromeda|
1,000 low- income pre-schoolers are given patterning, guidance, food supplements, and brainwashing based on the template of a Black Olympian born in Harlem, who is also a soldier, media giant and politician and a serial killer named Alexander Marcus. Patrick Emery is one of the now 13 year olds given this treatment without his knowledge. Then Marcus' evil followers invite 50 of the children to a summer camp in Arizona, because these children seem the most likely to follow their patterning and become killers. The bad guys who are planning to slaughter these kids don't know how very skilled these children are…
This synopsis report prepared by Julia Walter
Tor, Jul 2002, 24.95, 384 pp.
The thousand plus minority children are worse than at risk with the probability of even one of them making it astronomical. Thus, the theory of copying the behavior patterns that led to the incredible success and wealth of Alexander Marcus seems a likely winner to overcome the ravages of their environment.
The sociology experiment works as the children copy the key traits of their mentor to include his ambition, focus, and determination. However, along with the so-called positive imprints, the group also learns how to use and hide Alexander's ruthlessness and even darker secrets. Now each member of this select thousand possesses the skill, ability, and inclination to turn into a serial killer.
The story line grabs the reader from the start because of Steven Barnes' uncanny talent to make each member of his cast appear different so that the world becomes relative when seen through the different characters. Psychological horror fans will have a field day with this powerful tale that reveals nothing until the final period is struck by an author that is at the head of the class in 2002.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Andromeda|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
- has game where people are hunted
Kind of alteration:
- personality change
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
- a kid
If magical mental powers:
- mind reading
- mind control
- is very quick
- 20th century
- 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)
- some scientific explanation
- an average amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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