Other Systems Book Club Discussion Questions

OtherSystemsprintFBBook Club Discussion Questions

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS.

Discuss the meaning of the novel’s title.

If you were Abby, would you have left Earth? Would you have believed the Fleet promises? Why in history have people left home to immigrate to another country.

What do you think of the author’s decision to have intermissions between acts of the book? Did you like getting a peek into the Fleet? Did anything surprise you?

Compare life on Earth to the promised life of Kipos to the life Abby found in the fleet?

The hardest part for the author to write was Abby’s rape and 42 weeks of confinement: why do you think the author made the decision to show these atrocities?

How do you feel about Abby though she left her child? Does it make you like her more or less?

What is your opinion of Harden? Did it change after you read his story of the accident?

From Cole’s chapters and after Abby’s escape, what about the life in the Fleet sound most appealing. What about fleet life do you find most difficult to understand or accept?

Whose story did you enjoy the most? Was there any character you wanted more insight into?

Compare the Alekos’s siblings relationship with each other and the rest of the crew.

What do you imagine for Abby’s future in five years? Ten years?

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