A Maze of Death Book Summary and Study Guide

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Early in the 22nd century, 14 strangers find themselves assigned to the planet Delmak-O, but the mission plans get wiped out, so no one knows what they're supposed to do there. Tensions build and people get on one another's nerves. It doesn't help that small mechanical insects appear to be monitoring their activities. Then, one by one, they start dying violent deaths. This is another of Dick's very tricky point-of-view and what-is-reality plots, with an ongoing religious theme that combines various major current religions into a faith for the future.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A group of people all get transfers to Delmak-O but don't know what they are supposed to do there. In the search for the truth for discover some things they never would have imagined.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Desert Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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