|Plot Summary of The Life of the World to Come|
Tor, Dec 2004, 25.95, 336 pp.
In the twenty-fourth century, Dr. Zeus, Incorporated discovered time travel. However, rather than benefiting humanity, the firm plundered history taking valuable artifacts so the shareholders became wealthy. One of the top agents, the botanist Mendoza, fell in love with an apparent sixteenth century English native only to watch him die; next Mendzoa fell in love with a duplicate in nineteenth century Hollywood only to see him murdered. This time the cyborg killed the culprits. The firm exiles her to 150,000 BCE (“More or Less”).
The millenniums pass as Mendoza waits for rescue until the arrival of a time-shuttle piloted by Alec Checkerfield. He is a triplet to her deceased beloveds and wants to destroy Dr. Zeus. Mendoza wants to believe him as he is identical to her two loves, but has doubts about his sincerity and questions three men born in different centuries over a millennium looking like identical triplets. Dr. Zeus must be involved but how?
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Life of the World to Come|
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 - 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
- into past and future equally
- two lovers coping with tough mission
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- unraveling a conspiracy
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Time Travel story?
If enemy is a group...
- big corporation
- champion of justice
- dinosaur times
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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