|Plot Summary of Deprivers|
Ace Dec 2003 13.00, 368 pp.
He turned a handicap into a high paying career as an assassin for hire. Robert Luxley has a “talent” that allows him to paralyze a person with one touch for fifteen minutes, enabling him to make a clean kill. He doesn't know that there are others like him suffering sensory deprivation syndrome (SDS) until he meets Cassandra. She too is a Depriver who wants his help finding her twin brother Nicholas, kidnapped by a radical group of Deprivers.
While Cassie's brother is in captivity, he learns that the government is on the verge of discovering them and outing them to the general public. The extremists, led by Governor Tynsdale, want federal laws mandating that Deprivers register and wear gloves at all times. When Nicholas breaks free of his confinement he meets Cassie and their underground group at their New Jersey house. They and other deprivers fly to Holland to announce their existence before the government can put their own spin on SDS.
DEPRIVERS is a raw, compelling and thought-provoking work of science fiction that leaves readers very unsettled because they project the official treatment of Deprivers onto what has happened to groups in post 9/11 society. The audience will believe that the government will stereotype all Deprivers into one group, spun as dangerous and thus rationalize second class citizenship. There are many heroes in this book who use whatever weapons at hand to diffuse tensions and hostilities between Deprivers and normals.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Deprivers|
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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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- discrim against people with mental powers
- champion of justice
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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