Isaac Asimov's Inferno Book Summary and Study Guide

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A group of robots which were created to do labor in a city decide that they want to leave their city, and this causes a stir with the citizens. A new generation of robots are created that are partners with people. The difference is that old generation robots are slaves to people. There is much political outbursts from the people in the city of Inferno against the new generation robots. The new generation robots want to leave Inferno and go to a place where a new type of robots are being constructed.
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The problem is that the people in the city of Inferno need the robots to do work for them. The governor of the city passes a law that forces all new generation robots to be assigned to do work. People respond by purchasing more robots so they can do the people's labor.

A police officer named Alvar Kresh has a disagreement with the governor at the governor's party. Kresh's assistant robot breaks the law by not allowing the governor to leave the room. The robot is tamed and the governor is released.

As the party goes on, an authority figure of the robots named Tonya Welton gets into a fight with a leader of street people who fight for robots named Simcor Beddle. This leads to the removal of Tonya Welton's people from Inferno. This also leads to governor removing the law which required new generation robots to work.

Officer Kresh is called to investigate a murder. Kresh begins to speculate that the person that was intended to be assassinated was the governor. Kresh quickly goes back to the governor's party, only to find that the governor has been killed.

Kresh begins securing the site of the murder of the governor. He calls in for help from other police and contacts a robotics specialist named Dr. Leving to see if robots were involved in the murder.

Kresh discovers that the governor has put Officer Kresh next in line to be governor. Kresh becomes the governor. He catches the people who murdered the governor because he discovers that a man named Tierlaw Verick was angry that the governor was going to let the new generation robots leave the city of Inferno.
Best part of story, including ending: What I liked about this story was that the robots decided that they wanted to be with other robots rather than do hard labor all day long for people.

Best scene in story: The best part was when the killers of the governor are caught. It was very suspenseful because I thought that the killer was going to get away. I was glad when he was caught.

Opinion about the main character: What I liked most about Officer Kresh was that he always found the truth. Even when he noticed that someone else got murdered, he knew that it was meant for the governor.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Peterson a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

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 Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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