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In April of 2000, the crew of 16 lands on Mars to find a small American town. Captain John Black is skeptical of the situation but Hinkston and the others see it as a miracle. They are greeted by a brass band, and members of the crew meet long-lost members of their families. Caption Black finds his parents and his brother John. When going to sleep next to his brother John, he realizes the martian trap and tries to run away, but "John" stops him. The next morning, all sixteen members of the crew are in coffins with the families marching them to the funeral. Their faces slowly begin to look like Martians.
The subplot of this story is more directed towards the Martians than the crew members. The Martians' plan to kill the crew was very complex; different from what is seen in earlier stories. They lured the crew members in and waited for the right time. The Martians have also developed the ability to take the form of what the humans saw as dear family members. This subplot reveals the scary abilities the Martians have developed.
5. Motivations of the Characters Characters: Captain John Black- Seeing all his teammates lured in by dead families. Lustig- Meeting his dead "family", feeling of love Samuel Hinkston- excitement towards unraveling the mystery of mars Martians- Hatred towards all earth people
6. Idioms, analogies, personification, etc. • Simile: their faces shifting like wax • Shimmering as all things shimmer on a hot day – Both on page 48
7. The Message • People let their emotions take control of them. Be aware of what is happening around you before you take action.