Discussion Questions for

By S. L. Linnea

1. Given the chance, would you want to live 150 years or longer? Why or why not?

2. If, like Geri stated, it is the people with money and power who decide who lives and dies, does that mean they have a responsibility to stop the suffering in this world? 

3. If you suddenly had 18 million dollars, what would you do with it?

4. Do you think there are times when “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”? For example, if during the course of a scientific experiment many of the subjects might die, but the ultimate results could save 1000s of others great pain and suffering, is it okay?

5. Are there research topics that should be taboo? Are there some things that science just should not mess with?

6. Is the earth doomed to destruction based upon a time clock already set by God? Is it doomed to destruction based upon misuse by human beings, who have failed in our role as caretakers? Or, are we humans ultimately so clever and responsive that our science will find an answer for any damage we might inflict upon our environment?

7. Do you understand the decision Jaime reached flying home with Yani? Do you think the decision was justified? In your opinion, did she make the right choice? What would you have done in that situation?

8. Is it selfish for Edenites not to reveal their secrets to the Terris world?

9. Both Jaime and Geri felt betrayed by a loved one. Have you ever had someone you cared for deeply do something that you felt was a betrayal? How did you respond? Were you ever able to forgive that person?

10. Do you believe the earth and its inhabitants are, on the whole, good, or collectively evil and worthy of destruction?

11. What do you believe happens when you die?  Does that make death something to hope for, or fear?

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