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Bethany House, 2002, 393 pp.
ISBN: 0764226312

Callie Hayes earns a below living wage so when her friend Meg Riley needs moral support to be a guinea pig in a harmless psychology experiment, Callie reluctantly agrees. At the lab, Callie refuses to trek across a rat maze called Arena. The prompter informs her that her only exit is by staying on the white road to the gate with her only help a field manual.
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In the Arena battle fatigued Pierce Andrews rescues Callie from some nasties. He tells her that he has wandered the Arena for five years with no end in sight. Callie and Pierce with a crew of misfits trek together praying they reach the gate. Along the way they battle strange wild things like the evil Trogs. As hopes wanes, only the field manual gives them hope until they meet a seemingly pious benefactor, who brings them faith that with a Christian belief they can stay on the righteous path to the gate.

ARENA is a Christian fantay allegory filled with detours, trials and tribulations.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   has game where people are hunted Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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