The 51st and 52nd States Book Summary and Study Guide

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This books informs the readers of the existance of two additional economic states. The reader is then informed of the states, informed of the rules and regulations that exist in the states, and then described the tensions that exist between the residents of the states whom are economic rivals of each other. The basic reason for the rivalry is that group one (know as Spers) needs group two (known as Povs) to suffer economically in order for their group to thrive. The Povs know this and can't stand it and they scheme none-stop to figure ways to break free and become equal to Spers. And likewise - the Spers know that Povs want to be equal and so they devise greater counter schemes to block the Povs attempts to break free. And then, when you didn't think things could get any better - the author places you into this society and dares you to embrace your role.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 70% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods 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 Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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