82 pages 2 hours read

Scott Westerfeld


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2009

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Essay Topics


What is a morganatic marriage? How did the morganatic marriage between Archduke Ferdinand and Princess Sophie impact Alek’s inheritance and his understanding of his identity?


How do social conventions inhibit Deryn from following her dreams? How does she circumvent these social conventions? Can you imagine another path forward given her society’s circumstances?


How does Dr. Barlow’s familial connection to Charles Darwin give her more power and privilege than other women in her day? Do you see parallels between her situation and other eras or figures in women’s history?