The Sparrow Read-a-Long, Midway Check In

Monday, September 15, 2014

I am right at the midway point on page 202 which is the start of chapter 20. I'm glad I was able to catch up to this point, since I didn't start it until close to a week after the read-a-long started. It is keeping me interested so far, but I am definitely curious about where it's going, what's going to happen, what's the message of the book (which I am under the impression this has), etc.

1. How is The Sparrow matching up with your expectations going into the book? Are you surprised by anything?

I think the only thing I'm surprised by is probably the behaviors of Emilio, which aren't bad, but just not what I had in my head for a priest! The book is probably a little more engaging than I had thought it might be.

2. Do you feel the switching back and forth between past and present to be effective?

Yes, it probably adds to the level of tension since we know something crazy and horrible happened and are seeing the aftermath but we don't know exactly what.

3. Which characters do you want to hug and squeeze? Any you’d like to strangle?

I don't really feel strong feelings either way about any of the characters. I guess Anne is my favorite because she seems the most nurturing but also the most reasonable... she was the only one who seemed to be realistically hesitant about the thought of traveling to space. I actually like Sophia too.. she's closed off but she has reasons for it.

4. Any other thoughts? #copoutquestion

Not that I haven't already mentioned. I just want to know what happens!


Trish said...

I want to know what happens, too, but I also feel like I need to cover my eyes. I'm so scared for them all! I am also surprised by Emilio and his take on religion but also his candid approach to life. And yes, Sofia is an enigma! So glad you're enjoying it Jenny!

Ti said...

At the point you are at, I was almost wanting to put it down for good. I just didn't appreciate the teasing and yeah, I kind of consider it to be that.

But after another 100 pages I couldn't put it down even though I knew something was going to happen.

Emilio was sort of a strange character for me. I didn't connect with him. I didn't connect with anyone really.

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