Discussion Questions

The characters

Do one or more of the characters tell the story? Can you empathise with them? Are their voices genuine, are they believable? Who did you like or not like and why? Are the characters' actions the result of freedom of choice or destiny?


The Plot

Is it an engaging book - do you find the story interesting? Is this a plot-driven book or does the plot unfold slowly with the focus on character?



Why might the author have chosen to tell the story the way she did? What difference does the structure make in the way you read or understand the book?


What is the book about?

Does the book have a central theme and if so what? Does it have many themes and do they interlink? Does the title reflect the theme in any way?


How did the book affect you?

Did it expand your range of experience or challenge your assumptions? Did the setting of the book enhance or take away from the story? Did any part of the book make you feel uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way?


The ending

What did you think of the ending? If you were to project into the future what do you think will happen to the characters next?


If you could ask the author a question what would you ask?


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