|Plot Summary of To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Riverworld 1|
The 19th century British explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton wakes up, along with every other human being of normal intelligence or above who ever made it to adulthood, on the shore of a river that is estimated to be 20 million miles long.
The concept is that for millions of years, planet Earth was being watched by a benign group of aliens who were able to record the life-force of every sentient being on the planet and decide to bring all "normal" adults back to life simultaneously after Earth is destroyed in the early 21st century.
Burton is convinced that the answer to the puzzle of who the aliens are and how they've done this can be found in the gigantic tower which stands at one end of the river. Along with others, including Samuel Clemens, King John of England and Alice Liddell Hargreaves (inspiration for Alice in Wonderland etc.) he sets out to sail down the river.
Along the way, he encounters the aliens and dozens of well-known figures from history.
This synopsis report prepared by Mike McGowan
|Chapter Analysis of To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Riverworld 1|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a fair amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- descript of touching personal anatomy
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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