The Darkening Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dell, July 2004, 6.50, 448 pp.
ISBN 0553586033

The world is changing as the forces of darkness begin to get stronger. Billions of people have disappeared, only their clothing left behind. Many of those who remain are changed into reptilian beasts who only want to kill the normals. There is no more power and the food and water have a taint to it. Cities collapse and the landscape of the planet undergoes a rapid change. The Old Ones, beings who live in another dimension, are returning to destroy Earth before they return to their own realm.
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An ancient organization known as the Rex Deux franatically try to find the chosen ones who like the others before them will be the saviors of mankind and keep the portal between the dimensions closed. Lucy Deveraux, who has always been a loner, hides from the Qedem Melech, the organization who helps the Old Ones and their minions. She along with Dylan Barnes, fighting his own problems and grieving the loss of his wife, are the ones who must fight the old ones. From separate parts of the country, they and their allies meet on the sacred ground of The Keep, hoping to find the knowledge that will help them defeat mankind's enemy.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


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 How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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