In the Balance - Worldwar 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Jeffrey "Jeph" Gord

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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes 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    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns    -   air battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Escaping from behind enemy lines?    -   Yes Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   performer


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Desert    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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?    -   Yes 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

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