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After the First Death by Robert Cormier

After the First Death (1979)

by Robert Cormier

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I didn't like the switching points of view. The story was just okay. ( )
  Kathryn_Brown | Dec 1, 2014 |
After The First Death authored by Robert Cormier is a story about a camp bus that gets hijacked by a group of terrorists that consist of Miro, Artkin, and Antibbe. The terrorists want the worst for America and will stop at nothing until it happens, so their idea is to hijack a camp bus after it picks up all the kids and then drive it to the middle of a bridge and stay there until they get ransom money. They will go to any extreme even if it means committing homicide. The only way to communicate with the terrorists is sending somebody to their van in front of the bus. The only person they will negotiate with is the General's son. The General's son willingly communicates with the terrorists in their van with no guard in an attempt to get the school children released from the terrorists captivity.
This book is pretty good. I would give it a 3/5 because it wasn't as interesting as I anticipated but it keeps you hooked in a way that you want to know what outrageous thing the crazy terrorists are going to do next. I like how this book was completely unpredictable it kept me shocked from the beginning due to the twists and turns in the terrorists decision making process. The author does a good job at creating the picture in your mind without dragging it on for a whole chapter, you can picture yourself on the bus so easily and you don't get bored when the author is describing things because its short and to the point. After The First Death wasn't my favorite book but if you like suspenseful stories then pick this book up. ( )
  br13jadu | Apr 4, 2013 |
Summary: Terrorists hijack a summer camp bus full of children.

Evaluation: I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of Robert Cormier. I tend to think his books are a little depressing. His characters, however, are multi-layered. I do like how Kate tries to use her wits to save the children. Even if it doesn't work, she still comes across as a strong female character. The terrorists are three-dimensional as well. They aren't just "the bad guys." They have stories and lives, too. ( )
  crimson_idealist | Mar 26, 2010 |
This book was an excellent read. It keeps you very involved, not really ever hitting a dry spell
  Kyri | Apr 8, 2009 |
When he wrote this book in the 1970s, Cormier had no idea how relevant it would still be twenty-five years later, in our post 9-11 world. One of the most amazing things about After the First Death is the author's ability to make you understand and even sympathize with characters who do terrible things. I didn't like Artkin, or Miro, or Mark, but I could understand them. And I could certainly sympathize with Kate and Ben's uncertainty and fear and desire to be brave and do the right thing. By the end, nearly every major character is dead. But a happy ending to this story simply wasn't possible. ( )
  meggyweg | Mar 7, 2009 |
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After the first death, there is no other. - Dylan Thomas
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I keep thinking that I have a tunnel in my chest. The path the bullet took, burrowing through the flesh and sinew and whatever muscle the bullet encountered (I am not the macho-muscled type, not at five eleven and one hundred eighteen pounds.)
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Who will be the next to die?

They've taken the children. And the son of a general. But that isn't enough.

More horrors must come...

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Events of the hijacking of a bus of children by terrorists seeking the return of their homeland are described from the perspectives of a hostage, a terrorist, an Army general involved in the rescue operation, and his son, chosen as the go-between.

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