Sunday, May 22, 2011

Being by Kevin Brooks

"Being" by Kevin Brooks is a story about a young boy named Robert Smith. Robert does not know his birth parents, and has been jumping from foster home to foster home his whole life. However, when he goes to the doctor for a routine examination for a stomach ulcer, things get crazy. During the procedure, he wakes up from the anesthesia. He is unable to move or speak, but he can feel pain, see, and hear everything around him. There were numerous doctors in the room and large men with pistols. They were looking into Robert's stomach with disbelief. They talked about how they have never seen such a thing before, and wondered what he was.

Once Robert finally has control of his body, he freaks out. Unaware of what they saw or who they are, he takes a gun and flees. He is not sure what is wrong with him. Throughout the book, there are stolen cars, kidnaps, and even murders as Robert flees from doctors and members of a "secret society."

1. If you were in Robert's position, would you run away from the doctors, or would you trust them to figure out who and what you were?

2. Robert never had anyone in his life who really cared for him or listened to him. How would you cope with having no one?


Sevgim A.1-2 said...

1. If I was in Robert's position I would trust the doctors to figure out who I was. I don't think running away would help myself figure out who I was.

Natesa W. 7-8 said...

1. I would probably have ran away from them in fear. If they people in the room had guns then they could potentially be harmful.
2. I would probably not cope very well. I think having good friends and a family are needed to have a good life.

Nathan S. 7-8 said...

1) I'd probably trust the people with at least 6 years of college education and a hospital full of resources to figure out what was wrong with me.

Abby M. 1-2 said...

1. It doesn't seem like Robert has had very good experiences with people of authority, seeing as he has always jumped around to one foster home after another and has never had parents. Since he has always had to fend for himself he protects himself and flees, which is what I would do too if I were in his position. Plus, doctors are definately not supposed to have guns, so that would be a red flag.

Renae G. 1-2 said...

1. I would want to trust the doctors to see what was wrong with me. It would be hard though after waking up in the middle of surgery.