Childhood's End Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the late 20th century, giant spaceships station themselves over Earth's great cities, and an alien spokesperson named Karellen begins to deal with the UN Secretary General about dismantling the various countries' aggressive weaponry. Peace comes uneasily to the planet and a century passes before the visiting Overlords' role becomes clear. A human being stows away on an Overlord supply vessel to find out where they come from, while a new generation of ostensibly human children begins to display wholly new mental capabilities and the human race as it has known itself learns that it is on the way out. Clarke's classic 1953 novel of "punctuated evolution" midwived by more powerful forces that are still subservient to a greater power is a bit dated, but still rings very true.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

One day the Ovelords came and the world became a peaceful, Utopian world. However it doesn't know what awaits it. For the humans as they exist will last only for a little more than a century.
The review of this Book prepared by irina

After the Overlords come to Earth, humanity realizes it is not alone. Then irreversible changes start to occur, preparing human beings for what is next to come. We, becoming a part of the overall universe.
The review of this Book prepared by Mario De Leo

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 43.3%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 36.7% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Alien Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can fly


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   medium future 22-24th century Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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