Wynne invites you to read and discuss What Kills Me as part of your book club!
Instructions: Gather a group of friends, buy some cake (everyone thinks better with cake), and get talking.
Bonus: Wynne loves to talk (a teacher once told her mother that Wynne had “verbal diarrhea”). She would happy to join in on the discussion via Skype or Google Chat, etc. Contact her!
Possible discussion points:
Would you want to live forever? Why or why not?
After Zee becomes a vampire, Uther advises her not to contact her family. “If they believe that you are alive, they will wait for you to come home…They will wait forever. They will never grieve and they will never move on.” What would you have done?
Zee trusted the wrong person and it lead to the end of her human life. Lucas, on the other hand, has a hard time trusting anyone. Who do you identify with more? Which is better?
Lucas tells Zee, “Be brave.” But there are different kinds of bravery. What do you think was Zee’s bravest act? Name a time when you acted bravely.
Several times in the novel, Zee swears she won’t do something but ends up breaking her word. Can you name the times that she foreshadows her own misadventures?
Wynne uses butterfly and moth imagery several times in the novel. What do you think it means?
Zee is such a loyal person and her dedication to her friends is seen as a wonderful thing. But every vampire who swears allegiance to the monarchy is cast as a villain. When is loyalty not a good thing?
Wynne likes characters that are neither good nor bad. (“Sometimes people or monsters find themselves on opposing sides.”) Aside from Paolo, who is so obviously psycho, what do you think about the “bad guys” in What Kills Me? What would you do if you were the Empress or the General?
At the end of Book One, a huge revelation changes everything. If you were Zee, what would you do next?
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