Compare and contrast Cutter and O’Keefe’s interpretation of regeneration.
Compare and contrast Kali’s perspective on sentimentality to Joshua’s.
The Kiss! Kali kisses Adam and he feels as though the moment makes him a man. Do you see this as an initiation into adulthood? How does romance play a role in growth?
Adam remembers a Math teacher explaining that even something like Mathematics – which is intended to have formulas and clear answers- is not as straightforward as it seems. “Right and wrong, good and evil, aren’t always clear and simple for us; we have to interpret and decide; we have to commit ourselves, just as we do with this equation.” Do you agree? What happens if we have to make a decision with limited information?
Dr. O’Keefe, Joshua, and Cutter all tell Adam that he has to make up his own mind. Is this the difference between childhood and adulthood?
Dr. O’Keefe reveals the starfish and lizards with mutations to Adam. What moral issues are brought up during this conversation?
What are your thoughts on the living conditions of the villagers? Are Dr. O’Keefe’s experiments on Temis ethical? Is he doing the villagers a service? What contradictions does this bring up for the character?
The metaphor of the fall of the sparrow has its origins in the Christian Gospel (Matthew 10:29), and has been referenced by many writers, including Shakespeare in Hamlet. Are the religious and spiritual themes and characters central to the story, or a distraction?