Chapter summaries 1-7

The novel Stone Cold by Robert Swindells begins with the main character Link explaining that he is going to present the story of his life. He says that Link is not his real name and that he is among the homeless people who make the world an imperfect place. 

Daily Routine Orders 1

Shelter gives himself a name that he believes will attract homeless people, as he believes they are all looking to be sheltered from something. He says the homeless should brace themselves for what is coming and claims that he is prepared. 

Link begins the story of his life and reveals that his parents divorced after Link’s father ran off with another woman when Link was fourteen. His mother’s new boyfriend, Vince, drinks a lot and constantly makes obscene comments in Link’s presence. Link suggests that Vince either abused or tried to abuse Carole, Link’s older sister, who eventually left home and moved in with her boyfriend. When Vince accuses Link of trying to get his mother’s money and locks him out of the house, Link decides to leave home. 

Daily Routine Orders 2

Shelter is getting used to his new name and enjoys the anticipation of starting his plan involving homeless people. 

Link lives on...

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