Post # 1
Here is the discussion thread for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. There will be [SPOILERS] in this thread, so if you have not completed the book, beware! The following are the threads for this month, for reference:
February 2016 poll: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-book-club-feb-2016-poll/
February 2016 tiebreaker poll: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-book-club-feb-2016-poll-face-off/
February 2016 book announcement: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-book-club-feb-2016-announcement/
Discussion questions to follow. The poll for March will be posted in the next hour!
Post # 2
Remember, these questions are only to fuel discussion. Answer as many or as few as you please!
1. The setting in An Ember in the Ashes is reminiscent of ancient Rome. Talk about the society, particularly it’s slavery and the way that practice undermines a civilization’s humanity.
2. Does the Sabaa Tahir flesh out her characters fully? Or do some seem undeveloped, overly cruel, even cartoonish perhaps? What kind of character is Elias, for instance, and why does he want to run away? Here is a child of privilege and yet he is unhappy with the way things are. What changes his mind?
3. How and why is violence turned against the members of the empire, making them, in a way, victims of their own society.
4. And what about the violence. Does its frequent use in the novel inure you to it (do you become used to it), or are you continually repulsed by the brutality? Is the use of violence gratuitous, perhaps? Or is it purposeful in furthering the plot and building an overarching sense of dread?
5. Comparisons have inevitably been made to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. What do you think?
6. What is the significance of the book’s title?
Post # 3
I’ll answer a few to start!
2. I think that Elias’ upbringing has a lot to do with how his views never fully align with the Masks. He has a conscience that never was beaten out of him.
4. I, for one, never became used to the brutality. It gutted me every time that the Commander would flippantly use it. I was constantly anxio us for Laia when she would sneak out! While violence in general is uncalled for, the use of it in the book helps further develop the plot. It shows how brain washed/learned it can be for those surrounded by it their whole life.
5. I’ve never seen or read Game of Thrones, but I have The Hunger Games. The similarities I guess I can see is between the Career Districts and Masks. Both are raised for one purpose it seems: to hurt or kill. It is seen as an act of honor in their communities.
6. The book’s title can come out of the observations of the Masks. In a society hell bent on keeping order by torture, Elias is an ember in the ashes that was brave enough to stand against it and try to create change. Laia is also one by how she’s willing to sacrifice herself for what’s right.