Of Stars and Clay Book Discussion Questions

Below are questions to help get the conversion 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. Many conspiracy theorists believe the government, or a secretive government/power, has been spraying our skies since the 1960s for different purposes, such as geo-engineering and/or dispersion of chemicals that can alter the human mind. 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)? Or Zachary’s relationship with 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 a precedence for the rest of the novel?
  • The owl that appears outside the curator’s house signifies different things to Haruto and Billy. For you, does the owl offer wisdom or luck? Or bring an omen? Or something else? One strange example of the owl’s meaning is found within the secretive Bohemian Society. Its members include the top 1% of the 1% (illuminati) 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 don a priest costume and worship the forty-foot-tall Great Owl of Bohemia statue while standing near a bonfire and burning coffin. Their motto is “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here” (How does this motto play out in Chapter 3?). This men-only event takes place each July in Northern California.

CHAPTER 3 — Spider Webs

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

CHAPTER 4 — The Amazon Brujería

  • 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, or really is a brujería (witch)?
  • Eva sees the best in people, despite what is going on around her. Her own mother, Conchita, isn’t “available” to her during this time, yet her father’s love seems to fill the void. Are Eva and Zachary an analogy of the relationship between earth (feminine) and God (who is often represented as a father figure)?
  • The anaconda communicates with Eva, then allows her father to live. Why? Was it believable?

CHAPTER 5 — The Soldiers Arrive

  • When Haruto rings the bell to warn the Mikos of the soldiers approaching the temple, do 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 electricity and 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 plausible that the UN leaders could so easily take 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 it only wants to rescue them. What does this say about perceptions?
  • 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

  • Is the trauma that Haruto experiences at the hands of the hybrid soldiers and alien scientists worth the prompting of her DNA mutation? Would her DNA have mutated anyway?

CHAPTER 8 — Leaving the Temple

  • The strange windstorm prevents Haruto’s presence from being detected by the soldiers, who are patrolling the city when the flying dirt disables the electronic tablet. 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, he is near death, yet, with their help, he recovers. Why does the author keep introducing people who follow very different belief systems to each other?
  • Bechard enlists shamans from around the world to send healing energy to Zachary, which brings him back to life. Is the resurrection symbolic? Why doesn’t the fallen angel do it himself?

CHAPTER 10 — The Desolate Reservation

  • The Bear Claw First Nation tribe members being 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?

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?

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: “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8. Clay is also in the title of this book. How is clay symbolic of birth and rebirth?

CHAPTER 13 — Together Again

  • The main characters seem to have little in common with each other—all from different backgrounds and cultures. What do they have in common?

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, aliens/hybrids living among us, soul extraction, Illuminati?

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?

CHAPTER 16 — Scouting

  • In Paris, Tom and Cecile discover that the blue-eyed people are holding office jobs and living in apartments, compare that to the brown-eyed people who are living in detainment camps and working in the mines. The blue-eyed race’s tendency to become hybrids who are fully connected to the hive mind is highly desirable to the Dracos. Do you think it’s possible that real-life royalty and some races’ protection of their bloodlines could possibly be an attempt to retain as much blood of the “Gods” as possible?
  • The wife at the bar tells the younger woman that the UN has “discovered” who spread the virus, yet the UN organization is run by the Dracos’ hybrids (classic false flag event). Is the author alluding to any other modern-day false flag events?
  • Haruto and Zachary discover inner earth. Is this place physically possible?

CHAPTER 17 — The Galactic Council

  • The Galactic Council speaks of 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 they can’t directly help people? Is that why the need the help of the Earth Sentinels?

CHAPTER 18 — The Tribe’s Rescue

  • When John is scanned by the UN leader’s electronic tablet, the label “Level 4” comes up, then the man is sent to a work camp. What do you think is the criteria for “Level 4”?

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 are they just bombing all settlements?
  • Would soldiers be willing to bomb their own countryside?

CHAPTER 20 — Saving John

  • John is bussed to a food processing plant where he is told he will be employed. Why do the hybrids go to the effort of putting the unsuspecting victims through this systemic and polite process instead of more roughly handling them?
  • Why wasn’t Tom able to bring all the people who were shackled to the racks with him and John to the wheat field?
  • What is the significance of the light-blue scarf around the HR representative’s neck?

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 Haruto’s explanations when she used biblical references to support her claims?

CHAPTER 24 — Faulty Alliances

  • Was the Destiny Stone worth forming an alliance with the fallen angels?
  • It’s a very thin line using the fallen angels as assassins, as opposed to doing it themselves (assuming they would). Do you think the Earth Sentinels crossed it?
  • Are the chest and Destiny Stone symbolic of anything else?

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?
  • Do you think Abaddon has a hidden agenda?

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 have followed his heart instead?

CHAPTER 27 — The Destiny Stone

  • Did the fallen angels posses the Destiny Stone for their own future use, or simply to prevent others from having it?

CHAPTER 28 — Killing the Dracos

  • Should the Galactic Council and/or fallen angels know that the Dracos will still control the hive mind even after their deaths?
  • At the end of the chapter, Abaddon tells his soldiers he will “unleash hell”. Do you feel his words are figurative or literal?

CHAPTER 29 — Planning the Attacks

  • Should the Earth Sentinels and Galactic Council be more aggressive in their attacks?
  • Although Bechard doesn’t claim to be leader in this scenario, 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 the military bases?
  • Tom uses the EMP device to kill the human soldiers that are invading Hagsmar. Did he have a choice?

CHAPTER 31 — Haruto’s Regret

  • Can Haruto justify following her heart during such dangerous times?
  • What does Billy’s support of Haruto’s difficult decision say about their relationship?

CHAPTER 32 — New Recruits

  • This is the first time in the story that you meet the other Earth Sentinels, who are indigenous healers and spiritual leaders from around the world. What insights does this give you into the main characters and Bechard?

CHAPTER 33 — The UN Replacements

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

CHAPTER 34 — Replacing the Crystals

  • Do you think the Seven Wonders of the World mark the earth’s 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 that the earth has an energetic grid?

CHAPTER 35 — Mari

  • Mari decided to save herself, but only after nearly drowning. Do we have to let go in order to move forward?

CHAPTER 36 — Saving Conchita

  • Was Conchita’s excuse for not being with her family when they were thrown out of the tribe good enough?
  • Takwa taunted Zachary, saying that his daughter, the brujería, wasn’t there to save him, yet it was the other way around—Takwa needed the little girl’s protection. How does this analogy play throughout the story?

CHAPTER 37 — CERN

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

CHAPTER 38 — The Dracos’ Plan

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

CHAPTER 39 — Rising Vibrations

  • Do you think earth’s rising vibrations are going to fulfill the Earth Sentinels’ mission?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • Was the dialogue crisp?
  • 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 such changes?
  • Did the events in the book reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
  • 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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