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Join 16 year-old Ray Garraty on "The Long Walk," the annual May classic featuring 100 chosen youth and the highways and byways of New England. Stumble, fall down, or take a break, and you will be warned. Three warnings only, then you will be served your ticket...
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Garraty is every-teen, struggling with identity, life, and love. The Long Walk is the road to fortune for one, and death's highway for the 99 others. Earn your ticket and you will shot to death by stoic soldiers perched with their rifles upon the ever-present halftrack.

Garraty befriends other walkers, only to watch them succumb to the rigors of the constant 4 mile-per-hour pace. Time marches on, and so must the boys. As the days go by, the boys contribute their view on life and The Long Walk. One by one, boys fall victim to the final offer of everlasting rest as they buy their ticket.

In the end, base instincts push aside all else and emotions struggle just to survive.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   has game where people are hunted Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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