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Transcript of DEVIL'S PASS
The order in which the events happened in this plot were carefully crafted. The author, Sigmund Brouwer, placed the events so that there was a present account of events (now) and a past account of events (then). There was a bit of suspense between those alternating events, and I think that was okay, because the suspense kept me reading. The then and now was a good strategy because the book would start with "now" with missing details and then the "then" would fill in those details. The reader wants to know more about these fill- in details. The plot type is interesting, because there are two plot lines instead of one.
I think the theme in this book is "Don't live in fear" The book was mostly about a boy living in fear. The boy, Webb, has to deal with his own pain and confusion of his past life. Webb is sent to the Northwest Territories to fix up the confusion in his grandpa's life. In the end, Webb ends up calling his mom a saying he wants to go home and conquers his fear. Webb ran away from his home because of his fear. Webb fears his stepfather and conquers his
fear by standing up to his fear and not let guilt
overtake him, like his Ray let his guilt take
over his life. I think that is the
theme in this book.
Webb is the name of the main character in this book, Devil's Pass. This story starts off in a mystical and far away place called Toronto where Webb plays his guitar and is called to a funeral, specifically his grandfather's funeral. His grandfather, David McLean, tells Webb and his six other cousins to do a lot of stuff for them like, climb a mountain, or join a gang. But Webb has to trek the northwest territories to find a necklace for his grandpa, and maybe learn a bit about himself along the way.
Or, the story of fear and how a boy overcomes it
The type of conflict in this book could have been both external and internal (external, Webb versus Brent or internal, Webb versus his fear). I personally think its both, where Webb has to fight both battles. He has to face two conflicts in two different story lines, so the end of these two plot lines result in the defeat of these two antagonists.
The main characters in this book are:
Brent- "Now" antagonist
Elliot- "Then" antagonist
There isn't a lot of main characters in this book. This was because of the perspective the author used, which concentrated only on the protagonist.
The voice in this book was told in a first person perspective. Unlike other books with first perspectives, I found that in this book, the perspective holder (Webb, protagonist) limits the view onto the people he thinks are important and himself. There are a few main characters in this book because of that reason. This is good and bad at the same time. It's good because you get to learn a lot more about the main character and you can relate to them. It's bad because the plot doesn't explain the other characters that well, and we get a big crevice between the relation of the main characters with the relation of the minor characters. I say the voice of this book is good, but it is really narrow in some parts, and I would have focused more on other potential main characters if I was the author.
There were not a lot of tool characters in this book because of the type of perspective the author used (as mentioned earlier). But there are some few. George, the guide could have been one, but there wasn't enough information in the text to say whether George was a character major enough to be even mentioned. Definite tool characters would be Stephanie, Brent's ex (used for developing Brent's anger). There is also other tool characters like Ruby Gavin, daughter of Harlowe Gavin (used to emphasize the death of Ray's death). There is a lack of tool characters in this book and I think this author could have used more of them to complete the holes in
the perspective in the book.
Further on Main Characters
The author utilized the main characters in this book very well, considering the fact that there was so few of them. The author focused most on Webb (since he WAS the perspective holder). The other two I wanted to talk about were the two antagonists, Brent and Elliot. Brent and Elliot are not very different, but what sets them apart is the time difference, (Brent is present, Elliot is past). The author first kept these characters apart, but when the author connected the past and the present together, the transition between these characters lets the reader understand the type of conflict he is dealing with. In a sense, the antagonists were tool characters.
From Beginning to End
Further on Minor characters
There is not a lot I can say about the minor characters in this book, except that the author could have worked on this. There were not a lot of minor characters in this book, to start of with. The characters are: Stephanie, Ruby, the German twins and George. There were other characters, but they were too minor to be mentioned. There isn't a lot of info on these characters, and the author could have directed the viewpoint on the minor characters a bit more. There was just too much of the major character stuff that clouded the viewpoints of
these less important characters.
The author had some terrible work when the settings were described at the first half. At some points of the book, the main character could have been anywhere when he was talking about killing a grizzly bear with George, heck, it could have happened at a coffee shop with these lack of details. But it got better when Webb started hiking in the "part two" of the book. Then the perspective zoomed in on the setting a bit more further, but it still sucked. The author could have done a lot better by saying the sun was yellow. Translation: setting was horrible.
Since the setting was a failure, the mood was even worse. The mood is the comparison between emotions and outside settings, like weather. Webb has ZERO emotion in this book, except his fear and his calmness. Webb is the kind of guy who would keep a straight face because he is charged with second- degree murder of an orthodox nun (just an example). And with NO weather going on you get a book without a mood. Only when Webb faces his fear there is some material comparison. Most of the time, there is no mood in this book.
The sentence fluency in this book is very fluent. The transition between the "now" and "then" is very fluent and gradient, and I don't notice this change. The sentence structure is okay, and there is no broken sentences. There is not a lot I can say about the fluency, except that its pretty good.
There is a bit of foreshadowing in this book, not a lot, but there is a significant amount. Like when Webb finds his grandfather's knife inside a dead man; you can draw many possibilities from that single event. The author also utilizes is with the alternating "then" and "now" events that happen in
the book. The author is good at this.
From the beginning and the end of this book, the characters change in the way they think and act. Webb starts as a street kid with a past full of fear, but at the end, Webb looks back again into his past and fixes it by facing his fears. Brent starts as a psychopath who tries to kill people who come across him. But at the end, he considers changing his life when he is saved by Webb. The change between the beginning and end is evident. The characters change the way they think, whether the character is the protagonist and the antagonist. This emphasizes the production of the theme because the characters change and change is part of the theme, "Don't
live in fear." By changing into a different person, Webb
is conquering his fear, giving us this theme.
Overall, I think this book is okay. It needs some tweaking in some parts and in some it doesn't. This book was a thrill, from the beginning to the end. The moral in this book is very inspiring and I would like to read more from this author. The author could have worked on the voice, setting, mood and the character development. My rating of this book would be a 3/5 stars. It is the worst book I have read so far, but it is a decent one, with its suspense, plot ordering, theme and its bone chilling climaxes, it is a good book. I hope you enjoy this book (that's if you ever actually read it).
Story by Sigmund Brouwer
Report by Joshua Lee