Week 2: Chapters 33-50
Welcome to week three of the Full Fathom Five read-along! I think this might be my favorite section yet :D. If you haven’t read Full Fathom Five, definitely check it out but read no further so you don’t get spoiled ;-).
1. Kai and Izza finally meet face-to-face. What do you think about their confrontation? Did it go as you expected, or did they surprise you?
I guess Izza trying to stab Kai makes a fair amount of sense for her personality ;-). I found it a little cheesy how Kai used her pilgrim training to talk Izza into chilling out, but whatever works in a pinch I guess, haha. I just hope that Kai can help Izza in the end!
2. Poor Margot. Do you trust that Claude just did a stupid thing and didn’t believe Kai when he needed to, or do you think he has a bigger role in the conspiracy? And who is behind the mysterious murdering Penitent?
*cries* He’s not really dead is he???? I have no idea who is behind that Penitent, I hope it isn’t Claude! I’m willing to believe him that he didn’t know what was going on, but he clearly let it slip to the wrong person. On the other hand, it could be that Claude finally snapped and went all murderous after what he’s been through D:.
3. Kai and Teo’s conversation about evolution and creation myths, science vs. belief, was really striking. Which side of the philosophical argument would you lean towards?
So intriguing!!! Given my area of study, I clearly am on the evolution side of things, but I’ve always been a fan of the idea of evolution making the physical body and whatever divinity you want making us human. I was quite surprised that Gladstone brought that debate into his story, but it makes sense given the unique religious aspects of this story.
4. So we know now that all of the idols and Izza’s gods are different facets of a single goddess. How do you think this development might affect the different characters, and Kavekanan society as a whole?
Oh man things are going to get messy! The whole point of the idols was to avoid having a god, oops :D. On the other hand, the goddess doesn’t seem so bad if she lets people keep using the idols? Or they can make their idols like usual and not link them up to the main mass? I just hope they don’t kill her now that we know she’s there D:.
5. Why do you think Teo threw her bracelet into the pool?
That scene!!! Gah!!!! It seems like Teo might have been trying to get to the pool all along in order to break it or damage something?? Things seem so nefarious all of a sudden, noooooooo!
6. Uh, oh, Jace. All signs are starting to point to Jace being the architect of this conspiracy. Signs can be wrong, of course. But where do you think we’ll go from his surprise appearance? If he did know about the goddess in the pool all along, why do you think he would have covered it up?
Dun dun dunnnnnnnn! Though as soon as it seems like we know something at this point in the book, it generally turns out not to be the case, so I have hope ;-). What a horrible place for the section to have stopped, haha! Sorry D:. I really don’t know, it definitely seems like Jace is behind a lot of this, though I’m sure he thinks he has good reasons. I can’t speculate, we shall find out ;-).
Bonus (silly) question: what possible reason could a skeleton Craftsman have for poolside tanning?
Haha, I loved that scene! I guess if they have any magical ability to feel, they could feel the sun still? I recall the Red King drinking fluids and such right so I think they can still feel sensations through magical means maybe? We should ask Gladstone :D.
I’m so excited for the epic conclusion next week!!!!
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