The Tale of Yin Read Along Week 2!
Welcome back to another round of reading The Tale of Yin :D. This week we read the novella “A Tree of Branches” and wow what a powerful novella! I can’t recommend this collection enough <3.
1. Both Sea of Waves and Tree of Branches are very focused on character over action. Who were your favourites, and why?
I liked meeting all the villagers in the different parts of the land, though no individual stood out all that much besides Fiona. I was rather surprised at how much everyone was willing to help strangers though, apparently there are enough resources that they don’t have to worry about going hungry?
2. Auri was very determined to take the Triad inland after the eruption, even when others turned back to the City. Do you think she was right? What do you think was driving her away from the sea?
I can imaginer her fear for her family and her feeling that as the oldest, she needed to protect them. It makes sense too given how likely more mini-eruptions are likely to happen after a big eruption. I think it would be painful for her to have to rebuild the school on the same ground she started on too, given how long she had invested in it.
3. What are your thoughts on the world now Mirra’s travels have taken us further afield?
I’m quite enjoying exploring the different cultures and places, though all the locations feel fairly typical in terms of setting ya know? I wish we had seen more magic in this book given how many other places we saw.
4. How did you interpret Mirra’s dreams?
Nostalgia perhaps? I don’t tend to interpret dreams very heavily though obviously in fiction they are likely to have meaning. I suspect her grandmother has died both given the amount of time that has passed and the dreams.
How are you liking the book?
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