|Plot Summary of After the First Death|
Kate Forrester, a high school student, is filling in for her uncle as the bus driver for 16 pre-school kids headed to day camp near Hallowell, Massachusetts, when a team of four terrorists hijacks the bus and forces Kate drive it to the middle of an abandoned railway bridge. It's also near Fort Delta, an aging military post that serves as the home for the "Inner Delta," a top secret anti-terrorism unit. The youngest member of the terrorist team is Miro, a 16-year-old plucked from his native land and trained for three years, who expects to perform his first killing on this mission.
As ransom, the kidnappers demand the release of jailed prisoners from their homeland, $10 million in cash, and the dismantling of the Inner Delta. Things get off to a rocky start when one of the children fed drugged candy to keep him quiet dies of an allergic reaction to the drug. Kate tries to make a run for it with an extra bus ignition key but fails. Then, after the terrorists make contact with Brig. General Rufus Briggs, the head of Inner Delta, he offers to send his 16-year-old son Ben as the courier with the ransom money. Soon after, the shooting starts.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of After the First Death|
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 - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- generic terrorists
- a teen
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript. of breasts
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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