In the Books Section:
- Yeine Darr
- Shahar Arameri
- Aetr Arameri
- Lord Hakar
- Yeine’s father
- Yeine’s grandmother Beba
- Ras Onchi
- Did you like the book? Why or why not?
- Instead of the traditional motif of duality (good/evil, black/white),
the book presented a motif of three (black/white/gray & colors,
night/day/dawn & twilight, order/chaos/balance,
peace/strife/creation of life). Do you think this was well executed?
Why or why not?
- The book has a LOT of themes: slavery, power, motherhood, innocence,
family, sex, sanity, love, hope, strength, colonialism, genocide,
religion, creation. Was there a theme you thought was particularly
powerful? What did you think of the manner in which Jemisin wove them
- Scimina is a uniquely one-dimensional character in a story where
everyone seems to have an unexplained backstory or motivation except for
her. Do you think the book would have worked as well if she had been
- Yeine spends a lot of time insisting she is not an Arameri. “What is
it that an Arameri should know? How to be cruel. How to spend life
like currency and wield death itself as a weapon.” We also learn that
in her coming of age ceremony, she killed a man so that she could become
ennu. At Sky, she begins to do things that make her horrified.
There’s a bit of a turning point at Gem. By the end of the book, do
you think she is more Arameri or more Darre? Is there a difference?
- What did you think of the use of magic in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms?
- For much of the narrative, Yeine is stuck in the quandary that the
only way to beat the Arameri is to become evil and mad like them. Then,
at the end, there seems to be a third option. Did the third option
work for you? Why or why not?
- Kurue doesn’t get much facetime, so it’s hard to get a grip on why she
did what she did. Do you think her death was necessary? Were you
troubled by it?
- Do you see the book as an oblique commentary on contemporary political
issues? Some examples are race, weapons of mass destruction, parallels
between the Enlightenment and “The Bright.”
- What other questions do you have?