The other day we announced the inaugural WWAC Twitter Comic Club (where we’ll be reading This One Summer – join us!). But we’re not stopping there. Because honestly we’ll take any opportunity to talk about the things we’re reading. So in addition to a Comics Club we’ll also be hosting a monthly Twitter Book Club.
Whereas the Comic Club takes place on the 1st Monday of every month, the book club will run on the 3rd Monday of the month. Which means our first chat will take place July 21 at 8:30 pm EST.
We wanted to do something different with this book club. Instead of picking random titles we’ve developed a bit of a system. Our club picks will alternate each month between Adult and Young Adult and the two titles will be paired – they’ll either be similar in genre or theme (or both). Our reasons for this are two-fold.
1) Inclusivity! We want this club to be something everyone can take part in. Ideally we would like people to read all of the books we pick but if you prefer adult books you can take part every other month or vice versa if you like YA.
2) Compare and Contrast! By pairing similar books together we get to add an extra layer of discussion – we’ll get to look at how each book approached the different conventions of the genre
Now that I’ve explained the basics let’s get to the books!
Our first pairing will be…. *drumroll*
Vicious by V E Schwab (Tor Books) & Insignia by S J Kincaid (Katherine Tegen Books)
What are they about?
Vicious is masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? (from the publisher’s website)
In Insignia the planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning…More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him? (from the publisher’s website)
The chat for Vicious will be taking place Monday July 21 at 8:30 pm EST and the chat for Insignia will be taking place Monday August 18 at 8:30 pm EST. We’ll be using the hashtag #WWACBookClub. Come talk about science fiction, heroes and villains with us!
We want to hear all your thoughts on the books but if you need some help getting the ball rolling here are some discussion points for Vicious.
1) Who is the hero of this story? Who is the villain? How does Schwab play with these conventions?
2) This is Victor and Eli’s story but Serena and Sydney both play an important supporting role. Why do you think Schwab included them in the novel?
3) There is a film version of Vicious in the works. Do you think this story will translate to the big screen?