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56600 Please post in this folder any books that you would like to read in the 2012-2013 school year.

We'll nominate and sort it out when school starts and the poll deadline is over.

Books I'm interested in:
Jun 10, 2012 08:20PM

56600 Discuss I am Number Four here.
Answers may contain **spoilers**

Discussion Questions
Q1: In what ways is Bernie Kosar a “peculiar dog”?
Q2: Even though Henri isn’t related to John, how is their father/son relationship shown?
Q3: What is the significance of “hope” in this novel?
Q4: What is the significance of John going to Paradise Ohio?
Q5: What is the significance of the magazine "They Walk Among Us"?

Or, add your own thoughts!
Apr 01, 2012 02:07PM

56600 Post comments about this book here.
Apr 01, 2012 02:04PM

56600 What faction are you (Quibblo)?

What faction are you (Facebook fan page)?

According to Facebook I'm Amity and according to Quibblo I'm Divergent with most being in Candor.
Apr 01, 2012 01:50PM

56600 Post comments for this topic here.

1. What purpose does each of the five factions serve in society? What personality types are drawn toward each faction? Do you think these factions represent every basic personality type and fulfill all the basic needs of people? If not, what faction(s) would you create to fill in any gaps?

2. What was the reason behind the creation of the factions? Do you think the factions are working “toward a better society and a better world” (p. 44) as they say they are? What about the structure seems to be working for Tris’s society? What doesn’t seem to be working at all?

3. What faction do you think you would have been born into, given your family and its values? Which faction would you select at your Choosing Ceremony? Why? How would you feel about making a decision that would
determine your life’s course at the age of sixteen?

4. What choices have you made that have changed you? What future choices will you also make, and how do you think that they will change you?

5. How does the idea of “faction before blood” come into play throughout the book? Do you think this idea has a place in today’s society, or is it contrary to what most people believe? In our society, what ideas and beliefs are people loyal to in the way Tris’s society is loyal to the concept of the factions?

6. Why is Tris’s government run only by members of Abnegation? Do you think this is a good idea? Do you agree with her father’s statement that “valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power, and that leads men into dark and empty places” (p. 35)? Why or why not?

7. What does it mean to be factionless in Tris’s society? How does a person become factionless?

8. Tris says about Candor, “It must require bravery to be honest all the time” (p. 62). Do you agree? Which do you think is a braver faction, Dauntless or Candor? Would you like to live in a society like Candor,
where everyone tells the truth no matter how hard it is to hear?

9. During initiation, is it selfish of Tris to crave victory, or is it brave? Do Tris’s friends have a right to be jealous when she’s ranked above them? If you were Tris, would you forgive them for their reactions?

10. How does initiation change and transform Tris? Do you think she made the right faction choice? How do you think she might have changed if she had chosen one of the other factions?

11. What is the difference between being fearless and learning to control your fears? Do you believe anyone can be truly fearless? What does Tris mean when she says that “half of bravery is perspective” (p. 458)?

12. Is Four’s desire to be “brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest” (p. 405) realistic in the society in which he lives? Think of examples of people in our own world who successfully bridge different
cultures, perspectives, or ways of living.

13. Tris’s mom says, “Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again” (p. 441). Do you agree or disagree? Why?

14. At the beginning of the book, Tris does not understand what it means to be Divergent. How do you think she would explain it by the end of the book?
Giveaway (1 new)
Jan 15, 2012 04:33PM

56600 Hey Everyone,

I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog and so far I have only 14 entries...come enter the giveaway, por favor! :D Only 14 days left!!! :D
Checking In... (1 new)
Dec 29, 2011 01:30PM

56600 Is everyone enjoying this book so far? What are your initial thoughts?
Dec 10, 2011 07:41PM

56600 Kimberley Mcbride wrote: "1. Yes, the title is fitting for the conclusion ( I actually liked all the titles). It was the mockingjay symbol that the people of each district related to and it is the mockingjay that provided c..."

I know you might find this hard to believe, but I'm a Peeta person myself...I loved when I heard it was Lenny as Cinna, although I was hoping they were going to cast "Sassy Gay Friend"...:D

I totally agree that Peeta suffered the most and he's my favorite character, well aside from Rue (who we only see in the book, so...)

Ohhhh, and I like your answer to #2! :D
Dec 09, 2011 06:54PM

56600 OH MY GOSH THAT'S SOOOO EXCITING!!! I'M SO GLAD THAT YOU TOLD HER!!! we'll have to think of wonderful things to talk to her about!!! wow! we can even put it in the paper...ohhhhh i'm so thrilled. can't wait to see you monday!!! :D

ps. i'm going to go check Twitter now!!! :D
Dec 09, 2011 06:50PM

56600 no ma'am, i'm going to go look now! :D
Dec 09, 2011 02:54PM

56600 I think that it's strange how similar (?) Twilight and The Hunger Games are...truly they get compared a lot...if you add Harry Potter to the mix, there could be an even livelier discussion!

there are definitely more post out there if you want to find them!
Dec 08, 2011 02:12PM

56600 1.Do you think the title Mockingjay is a fitting conclusion for this series? Why or why not?

2.Was District 13 what you expected?

3.Do you feel the use of Katniss for the war was any different than how Panem used the teenagers in The Hunger Games?

4.Were you surprised with Katniss final decision to end the war?

5.Who, in the end, suffered the most? Why?

6.Did The Hunger Games accomplish the goal of capturing the effects of war on the young?

7.Do you think the planned film(s) will do the books justice? Why or why not?
Oct 30, 2011 05:28AM

56600 1] Although discussion questions are posted in each book folder that doesn't mean you have to answer them. Some people know exactly what they want to say, some don't. Feel free to be either (answer the questions or post your own thoughts) or both!
2] If you are part of Lit Muse in real life I ask that you join and invite others to join. I'll be posted polls soon about what books we want to read after The Hunger Games and, I have a couple in mind that I want to ask you about.
3] Please join even if you can't meet and drink coffee with us here in Missouri. I'd love to know what you have to say.
Book Game (2 new)
Oct 30, 2011 05:22AM

56600 JUST CURIOUS and thought this would be a fun way to get us to start posting!

Just a book game i've seen around the website (specifically at The Rory Gilmore Book Group) Here are the rules: you turn to the given page and sentence of the book closest to you and post that quote, then you post a page number and sentence number for the next person to use.

First Post: turn to page 84, sentence 5.

The next person to post must post the 5th sentence on the 84th page AND chose the page and sentence number for the next person.

* Don't cheat! It's a lot more fun if you don't! :D*
56600 Discussion Questions for CATCHING FIRE:

1. How did Katniss’s participation in the Games change her relationship with Gale? Why does she say, “The Games have spoiled even that…There’s no going back.”

2. What emotions does Peeta stir in Katniss? Though she is stiff and formal with him, what are her true feelings? How did the events in the first Games affect their relationship?

3. Why does President Snow come to Katniss’s home? What does he mean when he says, “…you have provided a spark which left unattended may grow into an inferno…” What, exactly, was the significance of the handful of poisonous berries at the end of THE HUNGER GAMES?

4. How do the events of the Victory Tour affect Katniss and Peeta, their relationship to each other, and their feelings about their future?

5. Why does the Capitol devise a special reaping procedure for every 25th Game? Do you believe the requirements for this Quarter Quell were decided in the past or were they designed for this Game to force Katniss and Peeta back to the Arena?

6. What is the significance of the mockingjay image? What does it mean to the people in the Districts and the people in the Capitol? Why does Plutarch Heavensbee show Katniss the hidden mockingjay image on his watch? Discuss how the mockingjay species developed and how Katniss happened to wear the pin during the first Games.

7. Why does Gale refuse Katniss’s offer to try to escape into the wild? What does he mean when he says, “It can’t be about just saving us anymore”? How does Gale’s whipping change Katniss’s thinking about escape and her feelings for Gale?

8. What makes Katniss say, “No wonder I won the Games. No decent person ever does.” Is she being too hard on herself? What makes her realize that fighting the Capitol is more important than running away? What is the importance of her meeting with Bonnie and Twill in the forest?

9. Why does the Capitol push plans for the wedding of Katniss and Peeta if they know that they will be returning to the Games in the Quarter Quell? What does the Capitol hope to gain by sending previous victors back to the Games? Is it really, as Katniss says, a way to show “that hope was an illusion”?

10. What do Katniss and Peeta learn when they watch the video of Haymitch’s Hunger Games, the 2nd Quarter Quell? How does it affect their understanding of Haymitch and the mockingjay symbol? How did Haymitch trick the Capitol?

11. How do both Peeta and Katniss mock the Gamemakers during the “talent show” portion of the training? Why do they each take the chance of offending those who will control the Games? How does this change their feelings for each other?

12. Discuss the effect on Katniss of what happens to Darius and Cinna. Why are the Capitol officials attacking those who have befriended her? Why is Cinna attacked just before Katniss is placed in the Arena?

13. Why is Katniss determined to keep Peeta alive during the Games, even at the expense of her own life? When does she realize the importance of forming alliances with the other tributes? Why does Finnick save Peeta’s life? When does Katniss realize that her first impression of Finnick was wrong?

14. Describe the relationship between Katniss and Johanna. What made Katniss realize that Wiress and Beetee would be helpful allies in the Arena? What important contribution does each one of the allies make to keep the group alive? What is the role of the unseen “sponsors”?

15. What is more harmful to the players in this Game --- the physical traumas like the fog and rain of fire, or the emotional trauma of hearing the jabberjays?

16. What does Haymitch mean when he tells Katniss before the Game begin, “You just remember who the enemy is --- that’s all.” Who is the enemy? Have the other tributes been trying to keep Peeta or Katniss alive? Which of them is most important to the rebellion?

17. Why were Katniss and Peeta not aware of the plans for the rebellion? Why were they kept in the dark when other tributes knew about it?

18. What is the meaning of the title? How many different ways can you identify the theme of “catching fire” in this volume?


1. Discuss the differences between the Games in the first volume and the second --- the training sessions, the interviews, the set-up of the Arena, the strategies that Katniss and Peeta use. How is each of them changed by the time they spend in the Arena?

2. What are the forces that contribute to the rebellion in CATCHING FIRE? Were they already starting to happen in THE HUNGER GAMES? What clues can you find in the books about the rebellion?

3. Why are all citizens of Panem required to watch The Hunger Games on television? How does this affect the people? Why haven’t they rebelled earlier against the brutality of the Games? Discuss the effect of television and reality TV in your own life.

4. What are your predictions for the third volume in the series?

5. Compare the society in Panem (the government, its tight control on the population, and the growing rebellion) to others that you have studied or encountered in books or films. Consider historical and contemporary nations as well as fictional worlds. What does Panem have in common with these cultures, and how does it differ? What can we learn about our own world from studying and reading about historical and fictional societies?
Oct 18, 2011 04:26PM

56600 that sounds delicious!
Oct 18, 2011 04:16AM

56600 yes, i love Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat...hmmm, and then Dracula and then this book...
Oct 17, 2011 07:18PM

56600 Skylar wrote: "I think what Brandon said is very true but I also think for me that the entire story was the downfall. I love a good vampire book, in fact my favorite types of books are vampire books and classics...."

yes, absolutely. i like poppy z. brites' vampires...even if they are a little racy...ok, a lot racy!

and, edward seemed lovely at first and then he seemed controlling and possessive and jacob was whiny and then got stronger...strangeness...

frankly, i like the look of edward more...i like my men undead and sparkly! :D

and, let's not forget what stephen king said...
Oct 17, 2011 06:58PM

56600 She definitely should have seen that coming and it's funny I did like Edward in the beginning, but grew to like Jacob more! :D
Oct 17, 2011 04:38PM

56600 I can't stand the beginning I thought she was going to be this strong role-model for teenage girls to emulate, she just turned out to be that whiny teen girl that everybody hates. Edward and Bella are perfect for each other...let's be sparkly and morose together...ugh! Now, Jacob on the other hand...
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