Of Stars and Clay Book Discussion Questions

Below are questions to help get the conversation started at your book club or group. General questions are provided at the end.

CHAPTER 1 — Amazon Jungle

  • The author asks the reader to believe that a virus can be spread through the use of planes. Do you think it’s possible to spread a virus around the globe in one day?
  • How does the fishing episode convey the relationship between Zachary and Takwa (the rival hunter), his father-in-law, Pahtia, and the tribe?

CHAPTER 2 — Curator’s House

  • What does Haruto’s reluctance to marry Billy tell you about her, and her relationship with him?
  • How does Haruto and Father Chong’s interaction at the temple set the tone for their interactions later?
  • Was the owl that appears during a storm outside the curator’s house sending a message or was it a coincidence? (The owl means different things to Haruto and Billy. One strange example of the owl’s meaning is found within the secretive, real-life Bohemian Society. Its members include the top 1% of the 1% richest people as well as leaders, influencers and past US presidents, such as Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The Bohemian Society members put on priest costumes and worship a forty-foot-tall Great Owl of Bohemia statue, which looms over a bonfire and burning coffin as they perform a mock sacrifice. Their motto is “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here” [notice this theme in Tom’s storytelling in Chapter 3]. This men-only event takes place every July in Northern California.)

CHAPTER 3 — Spider Webs

  • Tom tells a story about a spider that spins webs to keep the stars in place, but she loses a star and goes after it. In her absence, a sneaky spider takes control. What does each spider represent? Is the missing star symbolic of someone or something else?

CHAPTER 4 — The Amazon Bruja

  • Does Conchita overreact to the death of her son and father?
  • When the Blue Morpho butterflies rest on Eva, does it make you wonder if she has special powers?
  • The anaconda communicates with Eva, then allows her father to live. Why?

CHAPTER 5 — The Soldiers Arrive

  • When Haruto rings the bell to warn the Mikos of the soldiers approaching the temple, does her actions inflame the situation? Or would it have played out the same?
  • Bechard the fallen angel appears for the first time. Judging by Billy and Haruto’s reactions, what kind of relationship does this couple have with him?
  • The soldiers inject Haruto and Billy with electrical currents and a sedative, and then drag them away from the temple. If the soldiers understood the underlying factors would they have acted differently or still followed orders?
  • Is it believable that the UN leaders could so easily control of the Japanese soldiers?
  • Was there anyway that Haruto could have escaped before being taken to the underground alien’s headquarters?

CHAPTER 6 — Outcasts

  • Zachary and Eva are outcast from the tribe. Is this symbolic of being cast out of the Garden of Eden, especially after being bitten by a snake?
  • Eva convinces the jaguar to save Takwa. Should she have?
  • The caiman’s presence is interpreted by Zachary as threatening, yet the creature only wants to rescue them. What does this say about perceptions and preconceived fears?
  • Does Pahtia’s earlier prediction that he would reincarnate as a caiman lead you to believe he is the caiman that helps Zachary and Eva?

CHAPTER 7 — To Hell and Back

  • Why do you think the alien scientists are performing experiments and taking bodily samples from the humans?
  • When Haruto magically returns to her home at the temple, her fellow Mikos seem more concerned about how her reappearance affects them (soldiers coming to look for Haruto), than how they can help her. Are their concerns justified? Would you have reacted the same way?
  • Bechard makes his second appearance and offers advice to Haruto. Should he have helped her more?

CHAPTER 8 — Leaving the Temple

  • A strange windstorm prevents Haruto’s presence from being detected by the soldiers who are patrolling the city. Do you think the windstorm was a natural occurrence?
  • When Haruto visits Father Chong at the parsonage, he opens up his home to her. Should she have been honest with him about trying to escape from the soldiers?

CHAPTER 9 — Darkest Before the Dawn

  • When Zachary is discovered by the missionaries on the shore of the Amazon River, he is near death, yet with their help (and Bechard’s), he recovers. Why does the author keep putting people who follow different belief systems together?

CHAPTER 10 — The Desolate Reservation

  • The Bear Claw First Nation tribe members taken as prisoners by the soldiers is eerily reminiscent of when the Native Americans were imprisoned on the reservations in the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Is the author making a connection?
  • Why do you think the tribe members were taken?

CHAPTER 11 — Haruto’s Transformation

  • Father Chong and Haruto seem to have a good relationship after spending time in each other’s company. What is the author saying about tolerance?
  • Haruto transforms into an invisible state when she hears the soldiers storming through the priest’s house towards her. Does every great transformation take a traumatic event for it to occur?
  • When Haruto learns she can transform herself, she believes herself to be invincible. Does this mean she has become immortal?
  • Was it foolish for Haruto to expose herself to the soldiers just so she could test whether or not they could detect her presence?

CHAPTER 12 — Zachary’s Transformation

  • When Zachary transforms, his body crumbles like brittle clay. Clay is mentioned in the text of an ancient Sumerian tablet that reads:

In the clay, god and man

Shall be bound,

To a unity brought together;

So that to the end of days

The flesh and the soul

Which in a god have ripened –

That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.

In addition, clay is mentioned in the Bible: “And then the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth, and he breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7. (Some Bible versions use the word “dust” instead of “clay”.) Clay is also in the title of this book. What does clay represent?

CHAPTER 13 — Together Again

  • The main characters seem to have little in common with each other—all come from different backgrounds and cultures. What do they have in common?
  • Is the Bear Claw reservation a good place to hide out?

CHAPTER 14 — Our Origins

  • Bechard explains mankind’s origins to the Earth Sentinels. What parts of his explanation do you believe to be true: Ancient astronauts, genetic engineering, chemtrails, aliens/hybrids living among us, soul extraction, Illuminati, government coverup?

CHAPTER 15 — Practicing

  • The Earth Sentinels have acquired amazing powers, yet know very little about them. If you discovered you had these powers, what would be the first thing you practiced?
  • What did they learn about their powers?

CHAPTER 16 — Scouting

  • Haruto and Zachary discover inner earth. Is this place physically possible?
  • Why Didn’t Bechard tell them about inner earth?
  • Is inner earth, Alteria, their only option?

CHAPTER 17 — The Galactic Council

  • The Galactic Council speaks about the Law of Oneness: “Many people have pre-planned their destinies so however we proceed must honor that, even if it seems cruel, even to them. We don’t want to Interfere.” Does this mean that the Galactic Council can’t directly help people? Is that why they need the help of the Earth Sentinels (humans)?

CHAPTER 18 — The Tribe’s Rescue

  • When John is scanned by the UN leader’s electronic tablet, the label “Level 4” comes up, and he is sent to a work camp. What do you think is the criteria for “Level 4”?
  • What do you think the purpose of the internment camps is? Do you think they are a temporary or long-term solution for the New World Order’s agenda?

CHAPTER 19 — Rescue on the Reservation

  • Do you think the military jets were sent in response to the tribe members being taken from the detainment camp? Or were they bombing all settlements?
  • Would human soldiers be willing to bomb their own countryside?

CHAPTER 20 — Saving John

  • John is taken to a food processing plant where he is told he will be employed. Why do the hybrids guide the unsuspecting victims through the “employment” process?
  • Do you think it would be hard to recruit employees who would be willing to kill humans for food?
  • Tom is unable to rescue the victims on the assembly line who were about to be killed. Why isn’t he able to magically relocate these people without their permission?

CHAPTER 21 — Saving Billy

  • Haruto’s “tour” through the aliens’ headquarters gives her insights into their prison system, genetic experiments and military structure. Is this valuable information for understanding what is going on behind the scenes? Does it help you to better understand the Dracos?
  • Zachary and Billy reunite after being apart for five years. What kind of relationship do you think they had in the past?

CHAPTER 22 — Finding Shelter and Food

  • Of all their options, Tom and Cecile choose teepees instead of houses or mansions to bring to inner earth for their tribe members to live in. What does this say about them?

CHAPTER 23 — Revisiting Japan

  • Why were the Mikos so resistant to Haruto’s invitation to live with her in inner earth?
  • Was Haruto too blunt when informing Father Chong about the aliens and their control over religion and society?
  • What do you think about the biblical references Haruto used to support her claims? Is it possible that the Bible, Torah, Quran and other scriptures were written about the same ancient astronauts instead of a divine creator? Do you think there could be another interpretation?

CHAPTER 24 — Faulty Alliances

  • Was the Destiny Stone worth forming an alliance with the fallen angels?
  • Are the chest and Destiny Stone symbolic of anything else? Is the chest what is referred to in the Bible as the Arc of the Covenant?  (“Ark” is the Greek word for chest.)

CHAPTER 25 — Lord God Abaddon

  • What insights to Bechard’s personality do you gain from his interaction with the fallen angels’ ruler, Abaddon, who happens to be his cousin?

CHAPTER 26 — Before the Mist Lifted

  • Zachary, Tom and Cecile agree to transport the fallen angel assassins to kill the Dracos. Zachary obviously has reservations. Should he follow his heart instead?

CHAPTER 27 — The Destiny Stone

  • The Destiny Stone’s strong powers has killed many in the past. Why doesn’t it harm Haruto?

CHAPTER 28 — Killing the Dracos

  • The Galactic Council and fallen angels learn the Draco leaders are able to control the hive mind even after their deaths. Should they have known this might happen?
  • At the end of the chapter, Abaddon tells his soldiers he will “unleash hell”. Do you feel his words are figurative or literal?
  • The Earth Sentinels use the fallen angels as assassins to avoid doing the dirty work themselves, but are they just as guilty?

CHAPTER 29 — Planning the Attacks

  • Should the Earth Sentinels and Galactic Council be more aggressive in the attacks?
  • Although Bechard doesn’t claim to be the leader, he plans the EMP attacks. Why does everyone listen to his counsel?

CHAPTER 30 — EMP Attacks

  • Would you have used the EMPs to attack more than just the military bases to speed up the process?
  • Tom uses an EMP device to disable the human armies’ planes that are invading the fallen angels’ territory, causing them to crash. Should Tom have waited until the battle had done more damage to the fallen angels’ weaponry and territory?

CHAPTER 31 — The UN Replacements

  • Was killing the UN hybrid leaders necessary? Was there a better way?

CHAPTER 32 — Replacing the Crystals

  • Do you think the Seven Wonders of the World are located on sacred vortexes (Colossus of Rhodes, Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Lighthouse of Alexandra, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus)?
  • Do you think it’s possible the earth has an energetic grid?

CHAPTER 33 — Mari Saves Herself

  • Mari decides to save herself, but only after nearly drowning. Do you think earth’s rising vibrations help Mari to choose life instead of suicide?

CHAPTER 34 — Saving Conchita

  • Is Conchita’s excuse for not being with her family when they were thrown out of the tribe good enough?
  • Does Takwa get what he deserves?

CHAPTER 35 — CERN

  • Abaddon is waiting for something to come through the tunnel. Any ideas on who or what it could be?

CHAPTER 36 — The Dracos’ Plan

  • Will the bio-crystals growing inside the humans (making them living antennas) provide the solution the Dracos need?

CHAPTER 37 — Rising Vibrations

  • Considering that the earth’s rising vibrations may foster the growth of bio-crystals within the humans (and possibly in the Earth Sentinels), as well as Abaddon’s activities at CERN, do you think the rising vibrations are going to fulfill the Earth Sentinels’ mission?

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • Was the dialogue crisp and engaging?
  • Did the plot have twists and turns?
  • Could you put the book down?
  • Are you excited to tell a friend about it?
  • What was your initial reaction to the book? Did it hook you immediately or take some time to get into?
  • How did you feel about the characters? Which ones do you like or not like, and why?
  • Which character did you relate to the most, and what is it about them that you connect with?
  • Did the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  • How did the characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger these changes?
  • Did the events in the book reveal the author’s worldview?
  • Do certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why do you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
  • Do you like the book? If you read any of the author’s other books, how does this one compare?
  • What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What do you think of those choices? How would you have chosen differently?
  • How authentic are the cultures represented in the book?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this? What is her most important message?
  • How do you think the characters’ points of view are similar or different from the author’s point of view or background?
  • Are the characters’ actions the result of freedom of choice, destiny or adherence to traditional beliefs?
  • Is there any moral responsibility that was abdicated?
  • Are there any symbols that may have cultural, political or religious reference? e.g. flag, owl, sign of the cross, Destiny Stone and its chest, crystals, inner earth, etc.
  • What tone did the author set with her choice of words? Is it optimistic, pessimistic, prophetic, cautionary, humorous, satirical, venomous, cathartic, other?
  • How do you feel about the ending? Would you have stopped there?
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