|Plot Summary of Footfall|
A large alien spaceship arrives at Earth after stopping (unknown to the Earth) at Saturn for several years. The aliens do not negotiate - they attack and quickly conquer the Earth. They are herd creatures with their own ethics, and they have as much trouble understanding humans as humans do them.
They demand only that humans all live in peace, and use force to make sure this happens. Meanwhile they are trying to decide whether to stay in this system or continue through space, where they have become adjusted to living.
Although the Earth surrendered the aliens do not interfere much with humans. Humans manage to take a prisoner and learn much about them from him. Eventually humans prepare to counter-attack; this involves the building of a revolutionary spacecraft.
This synopsis report prepared by Alan Tompkins
Aliens come calling and in all our innocence (read...ignorance) we welcome them...only to find that they do not see life as we do at all. They have honor, commitment and a sense of pride in their heritage. I was left feeling that maybe we ought to 'give our surrender' and be who we know we should be....and not go where our impulses "lead us". I named my dog Harpanet after this book.
This synopsis report prepared by Karen Landes
|Chapter Analysis of Footfall|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
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
- fighter (air/space) pilot
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
- alien spaceship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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