Discussion Questions

Book club? School curriculum? Homeschooling? Just wanting to chat about the book? Here are some of the discussion questions included in the paperback extras of Beware the Night! 
  • The island of Bellona is a secluded, self-sustaining island society. It’s not an easy life, but like anything else, there are positives and negatives. Would you want to live on a small
    island? Why or why not?

  • Veda is part of the Basso class and because of this is treated differently in Bellonian
    society. Do you feel her treatment is fair?

  • The island of Bellona has a lot of rules its citizens are expected to follow. But some circumstances force Veda to bend the laws. Do you feel she’s justified in breaking the
    rules of Bellona? Why or why not?

  • The Imperi claim the rules and laws of Bellona, and specifically those that affect Basso, are for protection and security. Is the Imperi justified in this? Is there a better way they
    could ensure the safety of Bellonians without imposing such harsh rules?

  • The Imperi use fear of The Night to keep Bellonian citizens, mostly Basso, in line. Do you believe this is a means of control? Or do you see it as a government trying to keep its
    citizens safe?

  • On the island of Bellona, High Regent Raevald is sole leader. He’s not restricted by any checks and balances and employs few advisers who might challenge his decisions. Raevald abuses this power for his own gain and is not a responsible leader. Can you think of any positives to this type of government? Could these positives outweigh the negatives in any circumstances?

  • Bellona is a small, self-functioning, self-sustaining island. It mirrors non-industrialized societies where a town might still have a baker and a butcher and a silversmith—trades and small businesses that aren’t so common in modern society. They do still exist though. Do you know of any towns or cities that are set up similarly to Bellona’s market? Would you like to live in a place like this? Why or why not?

  • Dorian is apprentice to his uncle, the island’s only glass blower. He enjoys his craft but would much rather make his own creations over hourglasses and kitchen wares. If you could ask Dorian to make you one of his miniature glass trinkets, what would you want him to craft for you?

  • In Bellona, they use detailed hourglasses to tell the time. Do you believe this would be a difficult way to live? What about in our often quick-paced modern society? Why or why
    not?

  • Bellona is a society that worships the Sun. They show this through altars and prayer and ceremonies like the Offerings. Many societies throughout history have worshiped nature deities. If you could create your own nature-based society, what entity would your
    society worship? What would be their traditions? Would they hold ceremonies? Why?

  • Which character from Beware the Night would you most like to meet? Why?

  • Which places in Beware the Night would you most like to visit? Why?

  • Veda finds herself caught between Bellona and The Night, the Sun and the Moon. Are
    you drawn more to the sun or the moon? Why or why not?

  • There are many choices and risks an author has to take when writing a story. Are there
    any parts of Beware the Night you would change? Why or why not?

  • If you could read Beware the Night told from another character’s point of view, who would you choose?

  • Share a favorite quote from Beware the Night. Why did this quote stand out?

  • Because of her circumstances, Veda is faced with complicated feelings for both Nico and
    Dorian. Do you believe she handles her feelings fairly? Why or why not?

  • Most importantly: are you team Nico, team Dorian, or team neither? Why or why not?

  • They say not to judge a book by its cover, but what do you think of the cover for Beware
    the Night? How well does it convey what the book is about?

  • If you were to write Beware the Night fanfic, what kind of story would you want to tell?

  • There are several unique foods included in the world of Bellona: sunrise bread, star and moon cookies, candied lemon, and carnival type food that is served after the Offering. If
    you could try any of the foods from the book, which would you want to try and why?

  • The sequel to Beware the Night, Defy the Sun, is available soon. What are you hoping will be resolved in the conclusion to Veda’s story? How do you hope it will end?

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