Dreamcatcher Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jonesy, Henry, Pete, and Beaver are four normal boys growing up together in Derry, Maine. While walking home from school one day they save another boy, named "Duddits" from a gang of bullies. Duddits is mentally handicaped but has mental powers, like mindreading and he "sees the line", a compass of sorts to keep him from getting lost. A girl from Duddit's school goes missing and the boys try to find her. Duddit's helps by sharing his special gift with the other boys.
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As they grow up, Henry Pete, Jonesy and Beaver stay in touch and meet up once a year to go hunting at Beaver's cabin. While hunting one year in the snowy forest surrounding the cabin, alien spacecraft crash land and the U.S. military respond to the invasion with helicopters, groundtroops and set up roadblocks. While hunting in the woods, Jonesy rescues a lost man, named McCarthy, who is infected with a virus from the aliens. Jonesy's body is taken over by the virus and tries to use him to escape from the military and infect the planet.
The review of this Book prepared by Megan F.

In the forests of Maine something very horrible is happening. The Army is keeping it a secret but four friends who're up there on a hunting week-end are right in the middle of it. Their salvation is mystically tied to a man with Down's Syndrome they befriended long ago.
This is a very cerebral departure for King but riveting nonetheless, he's demonstrated himself yet again as a MASTER storyteller.
The review of this Book prepared by Gregory Lions

The book is a well written account of what could happen if the U.S.A was infected by an alien virus. What the U.S. Government and Military could and probably would do to prevent the spread of said virus. Through blood,insanity and the will to live this book is a not to be put down gem. Look into the past government coverups to realize the future could follow this exact path. That's if you believe we are not ALONE in the universe
The review of this Book prepared by Gregory Burton

In Dreamcatcher, Stephen King returns to the not so subtle government bashing which abounded in his earlier works including Firestarter and The Stand. Dreamcatcher is based on the premise that our government has misled us from the start when it comes to UFO's and the invasion of Earth by a group of aliens has been inevitable all along. Now the aliens' time has come and they have landed in the backwoods of Maine and have begun their conquest of Earth and only the efforts of a group of basically dysfunctional hunting buddies can save our planet. Along with the assistance of a childhood friend who is severely mentally challenged but has an awesome power that maybe, just maybe, can turn the tide for the human race. Another rip-roaring tale from a very accomplished writer whose imagination knows no boundaries.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

How a retarded child and then man brings together for people suddenly confronted to an alien invasion. They have to recapture their magic power to defeat the aliens. But the retarded dreamcatching person is ambiguous, using his friends as tools or weapons both for good and bad purposes.
The review of this Book prepared by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

Chapter Analysis of Dreamcatcher

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great mental powers person Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the bodysnatchers are coming!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   mind control


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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