|Plot Summary of First Warning: Acorna's Children|
|"Khorii, a unicorn-like Linyaari, is traveling with her legendary parents, Acorna and Aari, to visit her mother's adoptive human family. Then they come upon a derelict ship. When the captain, Khorii's Uncle Joh, and the two intelligent cats, RK and Khiindi, go aboard to investigate, they discover all the occupants are dead. Then RK and Khiindi collapse. By the time she reaches them, the cats are almost dead and Uncle Joh is about to collapse as well. The magical healing powers of her horn barely save them. Once they are on their way again, a distress call from the Federation Health Authorities comes in. They beg Acorna and Aari to come and help heal an outbreak from an unknown plague. Even though Linyaari do not get sick, they refuse to take Khorri near the possible danger, and she is left at the school on Maganos Moonbase, with her cat, Khiindi, and her android companion, Elviiz. Right away one of the students takes a dislike to her, and she struggles to fit in with the mostly human population, who find her strange. Then the school bully almost kills Khiindi, and when Elviiz steps in and ends up breaking his arm, the majority of the students become afraid of her and her companions. Khorii desperately wants to leave and help her parents, but the plague is worsening and a quarantine is put into effect, just before communication starts breaking down. Even the legendary healing powers of the Linyaari people may not be enough to stop the plague, and billions will die if no cure is found."
Michelle Richie, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of First Warning: Acorna's Children|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings as an alien growing up among humans
Kind of animal
- a teen
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- very athletic
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
- Domed/Underground City
- futuristic human freighter/transport
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog