The Last Promise - Book Club Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  1. The book’s establishing section harks to an earlier time and is written in an older style compared to the rest of the story. Did this affect your ability to get into the book?
  2. Was there symbolism present? If so, what did you think of the message the author was trying to convey? What ideas were they trying to illustrate?
  3. Did your opinion of this book change as you read it? How?
  4. Which part of the book resonated most with you?
  5. What was your favourite quote (or passage) from this book? Why did this quote stand out?
  6. How did the book make you feel? What emotions did it evoke?
  7. What did you learn from this book?
  8. How did this book change your perspective on this historical time period or historical event?
  9. Does the book address the social and/or political issues of that era, and if so, how?
  10. Do you see a parallel with today’s social or political climate?
  11. Why do you think the author set this story during this time period?
  12. Do you feel like this book was well-researched? Why or why not?
  13. If you could talk to the author, what burning question would you want to ask?
  14. Was the book satisfying to read? Why or why not?
  15. Would you recommend the book to a friend? How would you summarize the story if you were to recommend it?
  16. What songs does this book make you think of? Create a book playlist.

CHARACTER QUESTIONS

  1. Were the characters clearly drawn and depicted?
  2. If this were to happen in real life, would these characters and plot points seem believable to you? Did they remind you of anyone you know?
  3. Which character did you most relate to and why?
  4. Which character did you feel the most sympathy for?
  5. Which characters in the book did you like best?
  6. Which characters did you like least?
  7. Which was the funniest character?
  8. Which character prompted the strongest emotional reaction for you? Why?
  9. Did the characters’ motives seem reasonable?
  10. What motivates the actions of each of the characters in the book?
  11. What were the power dynamics between the characters and how did that affect their interactions?
  12. How does the way the characters see themselves differ from the way others see them?
  13. Were there times you disagreed with a character's actions? What would you have done differently?
  14. Which other character would have made an interesting protagonist?
  15. Which character in the book would you most like to meet?
  16. If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose?
  17. How have the characters changed by the end of the book?
  18. Was the romance realised realistically? Was it plausible?
  19. What do you think will happen next to the main characters?
  20. If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast to play each of the lead characters?

PLOT QUESTIONS

  1. Did you think the first sentence of the book was effective? Why do you think the author started with that sentence?
  2. What scene would you point out as the pivotal moment in the narrative? How did it make you feel?
  3. What scene resonated with you most on a personal level? Why? How did it make you feel?
  4. Which scenes did you find humorous?
  5. How well do you think the author built the world in the book?
  6. How does the setting contribute to and progress the story?
  7. How important was the time period or the setting to the story? Did you think it was accurately portrayed?
  8. How would the book have played out differently in a different time period or setting?
  9. Which places in the book would you most like to visit and why?
  10. What surprised you most about the book? Why? Were there significant plot twists and turns? If so, what were they? How believable were they?
  11. Were there any plot twists that you loved? Any you hated?
  12. Did the author do a good job of organizing the plot and moving it along?
  13. What was your favourite chapter and why?
  14. What (if any) questions do you still have about the plot?

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ENDING

  1. Why do you think the author ended the book with the last sentence? Do you think it was effective?
  2. Did you guess the ending of the book, and if so, how?
  3. Did you find the ending of the book satisfying?
  4. How did you feel about the ending? How would you change it?
  5. Have any of your personal views changed because of this book? If so, how?

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