Help Wanted: Scarlet Discussion Questions

Posted on: 7th Mar 2013  /   Categorized: Scarlet

Last year, CINDER was one of the top 10 books selected for GoodReads book clubs, and that’s kind of amazing! I’ve also heard from many students and teachers – from junior high through college – who have been reading Cinder and discussing it as part of their curriculum.

Again: kind of amazing.

So last year, I asked for blog readers’ help in compiling some talking points for book clubs and classrooms, and you guys blew me away with all your smart questions. In fact, they were so good that they were eventually compiled and printed in the Cinder paperback. They can also be read under the books tab on my web site.

So I’m asking for your help again – this time with SCARLET.

Please post your Scarlet-related discussion questions in the comments. They can revolve around plot points, characters, symbolism, themes, social commentary, or anything else you feel could spark a great discussion about the book.

For examples of the types of questions I’m looking for, check out the Cinder discussion questions here.

Many thanks in advance!

WARNING: Comments will contain spoilers.


  1. Caitlyn commented on:

    I am so jealous of students who get to read and discuss Cinder in their class.

  2. Mark Murata commented on:

    At the Bothell Library, you regaled us with older versions of Little Red Riding Hood. But we often don’t parse out the name. A riding hood was what a woman wore for protection against the elements while riding a horse. Who would give a valuable garment like that to a little girl? What happened to the horse?

  3. Sherry commented on:

    *sigh* I’m with ya, Caitlyn. It seems like we never get to study GOOD books, just those the teachers are assigned. 🙁

  4. Melissa Anne commented on:

    Queen Levana created an army of child soldiers. Why do you think the Lunars allowed that to happen? What do you think will happen to the soldiers after the war is over? Today, hundreds of thousands of children are involved in military conflicts on Earth. Research one conflict in which a government employed the use of child soldiers. How did children become involved in the fighting? What happened to the children when the conflict was over?

    Through the process of genetic engineering, scientists alter the DNA of living organisms. On Luna, scientists modified the DNA of children in order to turn them in to Lunar Special Operatives. What abnormal traits did the operatives exhibit? How did these abilities help Wolf? How did they hinder him? One of the great ethical debates of modern science is whether or not genetic engineering should be performed on humans. Do you think it is right to modify a person’s DNA?

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