Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Club: Something Strange and Deadly Final Week!

This is the final week of the Something Strange and Deadly Book Club! I've had loads of fun participating and I hope you have too! I have this week's discussion question and my answer posted below. And remember, feel free to post YOUR answers in the comments!

“‘Eleanor, you have a choice,’ [Jie] said softly. ‘You always have a choice’” (p. 166, Something Strange & Deadly)

How do you think this quote relates to the overall theme of Something Strange and Deadly? Do you think Eleanor behaves as if she has a choice at the start of the book? What about at the end of the book? And do other characters behave as if they have a choice or do some see themselves as victims of circumstance?

I think Eleanor, on some level, always believes she has a choice. From page one, she is rebelling against her mother and finds interest in the Spirit Hunters. Eleanor chooses not to be a lady of high society, but a young woman who follows her passions and does what she believes is right. Not once does Eleanor give up nor back down. While lacking the physical strength characters like Daniel has, she has a fiery spirit that refuses to be left unheard. Eleanor is one of a kind and knows it full and well. While she may act like she doesn't have a choice at times to, in her mind, help her mother, every decision she makes is thought out and careful. Yet she often acts on impulses and gut reactions. She thinks of something and simply does it, no matter the repercussions.

I believe each character has their own circumstances with believing in choice. Daniel acts as if he always has, not just a choice, but the first and best choice. Yet we see as readers that Daniel still feels like the victim at times. In memory, Eleanor doesn't tend to see herself as a victim. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she tries to make things better, which is a skill Daniel learns from her. Daniel stops seeing himself as the victim, but more as a human being who possesses the power to be an instrument of change.

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Something Strange and Deadly:
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

The year is 1876 and Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely:

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and see haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

Perfect for readers Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of intrigue, supernatural forces, intense romance, and revenge, all set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

1 comment:

  1. Hm, it's interesting that you said that Daniel feels like he has the best and first choice! While he can definitely be gruff, I always thought that he feels trapped in his societal rung, kind of like Eleanor. I definitely agree with you about Eleanor and Daniel's mutual growth!

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