|Plot Summary of In the Balance - Worldwar 1|
A race of lizardlike aliens invades the earth at a key point in our history: World War II. Never was mankind more divided. Never were we more technoligically advanced. The aliens had sent a probe to Earth 800 years ago. Because they took millienia to make a single advance in technology, they've had 1990's level technology for centuries. They arrive in 1942 expecting things to change very little, but find us battling them with tanks, airplanes, and even working to create our first nuclear bombs. As they puzzle over how we could have advanced in technology so quickly, Jews in Poland greet them as liberators.
This synopsis report prepared by Wayne S. Urben
This book (and it's three direct sequels) tells an alternate history story with a very unusual point of divergence: World War II is interupted by an alien invasion. The result is a very interesting war in which superior (1990s-level) alien technology is matched up against superior human tactics. The many viewpoint characters, some human, some alien, give a detailed look at the society and politics of both races.
This synopsis report prepared by Jeffrey "Jeph" Gord
|Chapter Analysis of In the Balance - Worldwar 1|
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
- very upbeat
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- alternate history
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- spying/espionage in enemy territorry
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?
Intense exploration of society's culture?
- 20th century
- alien spaceship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- explicit references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
- a lot of techical jargon
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- descript of touching personal anatomy
- actual description of sex
- description of breasts
- descript. of private male anat.
- descript. of non-breast female anat.
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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