Childhood's End - Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter 2 is the first of Part I: Earth and the Overlords, and is set in New York City, the year 1980. By now, the invaders, referred to as the Overlords, have become God-like rulers of the world. Their ships hover over major cities, and their omnipotent presence intimidates the earthly governing bodies into achieving world peace.

The chapter begins with Rikki Stormgren, the Secretary General of the United Nations, in his office. As the liaison between the humans and the Overlords, he stays in contact with Karellen, the head Overlord, also known as the "Supervisor for Earth." Although Stormgren regularly speaks to Karellen, he has never seen his face.

Stormgren is anticipating a first visit with Alexander Wainwright. Wainwright is the head of the Freedom League, an international group that opposes the Overlords. He arrives with an angry mob of roughly 3,000 people, and voices his discontent to Stormgren...

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