Book Club discussion questions for Detours in Time: (Questions for Undercurrents in Time, the sequel, will follow these questions below)
As of March 2018, I have conducted my first Book Club appearance for Detours in Time! (Squeals in delight). If you are interested in holding a Book club discussion of this book, you may use these discussion questions:
1. Do you identify more with either Milt or Tabitha? Why?
2. Why do you think Milt makes Tabitha/Pinky a silent partner when meeting Tomas? Was it a good idea?
3. If you went to the future, would you look up details about yourself?
4. In Ch. 11, the two disagree on how to deal with the soldier they have discovered. Why do you think Pinky won the argument? What might things be like if they made the other choice?
5. Which of the side characters did you find the most interesting, and why?
6. Are Milt and Pinky trying to change things that are inevitable? Do you think this has anything to do with the Fate versus Free Will argument?
7. Some journalists have an oath to simply document and not to interfere. Do you think scientists have the same duty or in what situations would it apply? What might make it hard to follow?
8. Milt and Pinky use knowledge gained from their travels to make changes back at home such as finding Pinky’s brother and Milt getting the confidence to propose. Do you see this as either right or wrong? Would you be able to resist the urge to act on such knowledge?
9. What were your thoughts on the All Faith Center in 2047? Did it seem realistic, a hopeful change or a sad look at where things are going?
10. Out of all the places they visited, which did you find most interesting and why?
11. What rule or fad from 2047 was most memorable to you (good or bad) and why?
Book Club Discussion Questions for Undercurrents in Time:
- Do you think that a short time apart can bring a couple closer, or do you think otherwise?
- Should Tabitha have told Milt about some of the thoughts going in in her mind, such as her thoughts of Narcissus at the start of the book?
- Do you think Milt should have done more to provide a “breather” for both he and Tabitha from their hectic lives? Why or why not?
- Have you ever encountered a person like Lt. Phil Wilkes? Do you see him as more of an ally or an antagonist to Tabitha?
- Who was your favorite side character from 2047, and why?
- What do you remember about the hysteria surrounding Y2K?
- Were you surprised about any of the revelations about Jared and Louise’s daughter, Calais?
- Do you think Tabitha reads too much into things, such as, the young girl Ellie, or the homeless woman telling her not to look under the bed? Why or why not?
- In what ways did Tabitha emerge as a hero in her own right in this novel? Why might she have needed that experience?
- Do you think Milt handled the discovery well of where Tabitha had gone? Do you think he handled it believably? Why or why not?
- What do you think of the camaraderie between Milt and Malachi? What might that say about Milt?
- Should Tabitha have told Jared the truth about what she found out about his future? What is your opinion of the way she handled that?