|Plot Summary of The Alien Mind|
What could we accomplish if we could use all of our brains? One hundred and fifty human children raised by a group of aliens called the Aunantet find and show us the answers to this question.
A terrorist faction, calling their selves the Aruk, kidnapped the one hundred and fifty children. The Aruk belong to a species of alien called the Aunantet. After a year, the non-terrorist Aunantet succeed in rescuing the children imprisoned inside the Aruk base. Because they cannot establish contact with Earth, the Aunantet government arranges for the children to be given families, raised, and taught as if they were both human and Aunantet. The children soon learn from the Aunantet how to bridge the barrier in their mind that separates the fraction of their brain that normal humans can use and the rest of their mind, which gives them amplified special abilities.
The children are slowly learning to expand their minds; learning how to manipulate atoms in an object, defy the laws of physics and even how to travel through space through the space-time dimension (or the fourth dimension) using only a cube the size of a kernel of corn and their minds. However, during this peaceful and educational time, the children and their Aunantet guardians are faced with the fact that the Aruk wish to recapture the children.
As the Aruk begin their attack on the complex that houses the children and their alien families, the children are sent away towards a safer place. One of the children called Rivinaig, or Rivi for short, stays behind. She must link her mind to the complex's main computer and foil every attempt the Aruk try at shutting down the launch of the children's ships.
As the Aruk near the complex, 14-year-old Rivi and her guardians know that they are left behind with no ships left to launch from to get to safety. However, a message comes in from Earth. Rivi and her guardian father make a hyper dimensional trip inside a cube towards Earth where it is hoped that Rivi will be safe.
Rivi struggles to blend into Earth society and keep her identity hidden while still struggling with the memories of her past. Even though she thinks our computers are primitive and our television shows mind numbing, she does happen to make a new friend. Circumstances occur that cause Rivi to reveal her alien past to the citizens of Earth, making real the hypothesis that there is other life out in the universe. Later when Rivi decides to take her friend to Planet Aun because of some strange illness he has contracted, they both are captured and taken prisoner by the Aruk.
Rivi must learn to face the terrible memories of her past in order to save herself, rescue two of her friends, which are in danger, and help level the battlefield in a secret mission.
This synopsis report prepared by Virginia Jennings
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|Chapter Analysis of The Alien Mind|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Kind of alteration:
- Given added abilities
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings of a human growing up among aliens
Intense exploration of society's culture?
- computer programmer
- a teen
If magical mental powers:
- near future (later in 21st century)
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- unfriendly aliens
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
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
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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