The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder
- What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
- What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
- Do 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 do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
- In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
- Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did 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 think that Sam and Casey are wrong to try and change history? What about Sam’s vision to enhance the world’s technology at a faster rate?
- Is Casey wrong to interfere in the ancient political and religious struggles of her adopted homeland?
- What are some of the issues Casey faces as a woman in the early 20th century? If you’re a woman, how would you handle it, if you found yourself in her situation?
- Thomas Andrews was a real human being who died when Titanic sank. He actually did many of the things attributed to him in TTTJ: Shipbuilder. Do you think the book gives you a good idea of what he was like? What did you like best about him?
- Titanic is a timeless story – the kind of event that will touch people for many generations past the actual event. What do you think makes it timeless?
- When did you first learn about Titanic? How did it affect you then. How does it affect you now? Does TTTJ: Shipbuilder help you understand more about the ship and tragedy?