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Slow River Book Review Summary

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Lore van der Oest is from a wealthy family and trained as an engineer to manage futuristic environmental restoration and waste management projects. She has only one problem, she's been kidnapped and then escaped after killing one of her captors. She's found refuge in underground society with a woman named Spanner who supports herself with identity theft projects but can't complain since it's given her freedom from the bad guys who must be looking for her.

Lore falls in love with Spanner. She gets a job working in a waste water treatment plant. She accepts her change in status, except Spanner uses a drug and they take part in sex orgies for more money.
Meanwhile, management is cheating at the waste water treatment plant and creating a situation dangerous for Lore, new management has begun to notice her.

Lore moves out and finds friends who help her establish a life independent from Spanner and also finds a counselor friend. When the situation at work escalates to a point for nearly blowing up the factory, Lore saves the day with the help of a co-worker confidant.

When Lore's family rediscovers her, she has to decide whether she will return to her old life. She begins to remember more of what happened during the kidnapping and gradually suspects who set her up and why. Lore confronts her enemy, finds love and realizes the truth about her family.
This report prepared by Sheri Fresonke Harper








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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 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love slave!!!! Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius

Setting

Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   use of artificial tools    -   orgies    -   major character becomes a sex slave    -   actual description of sex    -   lesbians!    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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