General 

  1. What was your initial reaction to the book? Did you feel hooked immediately, or did it take some time to get into?

  2. Did the structure and formatting of the book, e.g. using dates, locations and time stamps to mark scenes, affect the story or alter your reading experience? How?

  3. Think of the book’s length. If you felt it was too long, what would you cut out? If you felt it was too short, what would you add?

  4. Would you say the story was plot-based or character driven?

  5. What was your favorite scene and why?

  6. What was your least favorite scene and why?

  7. Are there any quotes you remember that particularly stuck out? Why?

  8. What do you think of the book’s cover and title? How far did it influence your interest in reading the book? Did they give you an impression of what the plot would include, and if so, how accurate or inaccurate were your impressions? What would you have named the book instead? Design your own book cover, complete with a different title, vote on a winner and hand out a prize! 

  9. Did the book influence your perspective on anything? Do you feel differently now than you did before you read it? If so, how?

  10. How did you feel about the author’s writing style? Did it match the tone of the book regarding plot and genre? Would you read another book by this author? Why?

Setting 

  1. How well do you think the author built the various settings in the book?

  2. A mixture of both fictional and real places is used. How do you feel about this in general, and how do you feel about this within the book? Would you have preferred the author to have used only actual locations, or only fictional?

  3. Are there any places mentioned in the book you have already visited? See if you can each create a checklist from memory (and don’t cheat!) of the locations mentioned in the book; then tick the places you have visited. The person with the most checked off gets a treat!

  4. Which place in the book would you most like to visit?

  5. What made the setting unique or important, if at all? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

Hint!

Keep an eye out

as each section

has at least one task

for you and your

friends to try.

Have fun!

Characters

  1. Do you think there is one protagonist? If so, who would you say he or she is?

  2. Would you prefer the story to have been narrated by a character? If so, who by?

  3. Which character did you relate to the most, and what was it about them that you connected with? Who did you feel the most sympathy for?

  4. Who is your favorite main character? Who are your favorite minor/supporting characters? How did you imagine the characters appearances compared to your friends? On a sheet of blank paper, write a few bullet point descriptions next to the names of characters who were not physically described in the book!

  5. Who is your least favorite main character? Who are your least favorite minor/supporting characters? As a group, decide on one character you would remove from the book! Together, think of a new character you would add!

  6. Discuss the differing levels of character development within the book. How did your opinion of each main character change by the end of the book compared to your initial impressions?

  7. How do you feel about Curtis and Ashley’s dynamic? Think of Curtis’ revelation to the group regarding his health concerns. Did you expect Ashley to react the way she did? Realistically speaking, what would you say happens to them beyond the end of the book?

  8. How do you feel about Robin and Aaron’s dynamic? Think of the ultimatum Robin is forced to face near the end of the book and discuss Aaron’s response. Do you agree with his decision?

  9. Discuss Nathaniel’s place in the group. What would you like to happen to him beyond the end of the book?

  10. Discuss Willow and Tamarind’s backstory. Do you think there is more to be revealed?

Plot

  1. Considering the paranormal elements of the story, how realistic did it seem? Did this affect how you felt about the book?

  2. How original do you feel the book was? Can you find similarities with other books? What other books did it remind you of?

  3. How well did events flow from one to the next? Did you find any plot holes in the story?

  4. What parts of the story did you guess before they were revealed? What events surprised you? Are there things you expected to happen that did not?

  5. How did you feel about the ending? What did you like, what did you not like, and what do you wish had been different? Jot down your own unique ending to the book, and take turns reading them out loud!

Hint!

Pick and choose

random questions to

keep things interesting.

Some examples are

provided just in case

you get stuck.

Themes

  1. Discuss the theme of family and parenthood in the book. Examples: Aaron’s sense of obligation towards his father, Robin’s adoptive and biological family, Ashley’s loss of her father and potential motherhood.

  2. Discuss the theme of home in the book. Examples: Robin’s obsession with belonging, Melvin’s citizens’ connection to the town, the concept of creating or finding a sense of being at home within a person rather than a place.

  3. Discuss the theme of life and death in the book. Examples: Lil Maggie and other spirits, miscarriages, Curtis’ health status, Aaron’s father.

  4. Discuss the theme of sacrifice in the book. Examples: Andrew for his father, Robin for the town, Aaron for Robin.

  5. Discuss the theme of love in the book. Examples: friends, romance, Melvin, cross-reference with themes of family, home, and sacrifice.

  6. Discuss the theme of fear in the book. Examples: Nathaniel’s phobia. Go around the room and admit your unusual phobias and greatest fears!

  7. Did you notice any other recurring themes in the book?

  8. Discuss any one-off themes you may have noticed and their importance to the relevant character, event or place.

  9. What are the themes you feel were given the most importance? Do you disagree with their prominence in the book? Do you feel others should have been given more weight, and if so, which ones?

  10. Which themes do you think could have been addressed differently? Which themes do you feel could have been addressed but were not? Example: homosexuality.​

Fun

  1. If the book was adapted into a movie, which actors would you like to see play which parts?

  2. What songs did scenes, or the entire book, make you think of? Create a book group playlist together! Check out our official Spotify playlists!

  3. Some parts intended to alleviate tension and suspense by providing brief comic relief. Do you think this element is appropriate considering the genre of the book? Which parts did you find funny, if at all, and what made you laugh the most?

  4. Which character would you most like to hang out with? List the five main characters and write down what you think would be the most fun activity to do with them. Vote on the best answers and give out prizes!

  5. If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be? Brave it and send your questions to the author!

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