|Plot Summary of The Speed of Dark|
It is science fiction that happens in a near future, but beyond that many of the tropes of science fiction are not in this book. It is narrated by Lou Arrendale a 30-ish autistic man who has an important job with a very large company recognizing complex patterns. He works in a unit made up of other autistic people and they have their gym at work with trampolines and special music. Lou and his co-workers get a new boss who insists on changes. Babies, in this near future, who are born autistic can be "fixed" soon after birth, but some researchers have come up with a treatment that may work for adults. Lou's boss tells them either they get the treatment or they get fired.
Lawyers stop this, but first we see how very rich Lou's life is. He has good friends from work. He has friends with whom he fences. He has friends at his apartment complex. He doesn't see this, but we do. He and his peers want very much to be normal (mostly); we see that they *are* normal.
This synopsis report prepared by Julia Walter
|Chapter Analysis of The Speed of Dark|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
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
- Domed/Underground City
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate 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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