A Season for Slaughter Book Summary and Study Guide

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The book deals with the onslaught of an alien ecological invasion of earth. The main character James McCarthy, is a young man with anger, arrogance, and frustration as his only way of communicating with other people. The story revolves around his anger and how he begins to develop as a human being. The book is well worth reading again and again, if only for the insights the author has on his character development.
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As for the ecological infestation, this too is a far cry from your typical Sci-Fi invasion series. The premise of an attacking foe without any obvious intelligence but with evidence all around is an intriging story line.
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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 Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Asteroid Which planet?    -   Mercury Spaceship setting:    -   a space station Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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