|Plot Summary of Earthrise|
Ace, Sept 03, 2002, 23.95, 432 pp.
The planet Earth is in ruins following the Sauron invasion on Feb 28 2020. Whole cities are destroyed and most of the humans that survived are slaves to do the conqueror's bidding. The Saurons have installed Alex Franklin as their puppet president of the USA not knowing that he has joined with the resistance movement to find a way to destroy the invaders and rebuild the planet.
The Saurons, a race divided into three castes, are pushing the human and Ra'Na slaves to rapidly build the citadels. The entire race will die giving birth to their hatchlings. Ra'Na and human resistance groups form to find a way of destroying the “master” race during the few days when the hatchlings are very vulnerable. Aliens and humans alike are willing to give their lives so that others may throw off the yoke of oppression.
EARTHRISE, the sequel to DEATHDAY, is a fascinating invasion thriller. The tale enables readers to gain an intriguing look at the psychological and sociological essences of two alien races as well as the human reaction to a first encounter. William Dietz also profiles humanity and shows us as a race worth surviving for many of us are willing to die in the name of freedom. Though an insightful character and race study, the plot remains an action packed novel even as the charcaters feel as though they are part of our lives.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Earthrise|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- air battles
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
Escaping from behind enemy lines?
- politician/elected ruler
- near future (later in 21st century)
- alien spaceship
- futuristic human freighter/transport
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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