What we know now
1. What might be the “emergency” that the characters are running away from?
2. The ten-year old narrator refers to his mother as “Cate” instead of calling her “Mum”. What does this tell you about his personality? Pg.6
3. What supplies is the narrator’s dad packing? Pg.7
4. Where are the narrator and his family going? Pg.8
5. Why does the narrator’s dad say that Milo’s father is going to be a “dead man”.
6. Which sentence tells us that the narrator’s father is stressed? Pg.9 Why might this be the case?
7. What do you think the narrator means when he says “Our interdependence is unprecedented in history. It is foolish”. Pg 9
8. What accident happens on Pg.10-11? Whose fault is it?
9. The narrator’s father leaves the scene of the accident. What does that tell you about his personality?
10. What does the narrator say will happen in the New Year? Pg.13
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What is wrong with her?
4. Readers learn about life post (after) millennium. What do we learn about the new society? Pg. 27
5. The narrator steals some of his grandma’s medication? Why?
6. How does grandpa react when “Grandma opens the door and she’s fine”?
7. How do we know that the narrator loves his grandparents? Pg.28/29
8. What do you think a check point is?
9. Describe the urban environment. Pg.32
10. Why are grandma and grandpa thrilled to have broken the law?
11. Why did the kids in the parking lot start throwing apples at the car?
12. Describe the rural (country environment) pg. 34
13. Stealing proves to be beneficial. In what way does it assist their survival? Pg.37
14. Why does the narrator say “it’s like driving them to prison”? Pg.43
15. What is the symbolism of the narrator’s grandparent’s death?
The Theft that Got Me Here
●Seventeen old narrator
●End of childhood innocence
●Delinquent behavior- troubled teen
●Grandparents love remains unconditional/strong despite circumstances (sleeping- pg 27) love and loyalty once the hallmark of relationships
●“holding hands” symbolic of the death of lasting relationships
●Grandfather- optimistic/excited by the return of his wife/return of this former life
●Steals grandparents pain medication – guilty? More embarrassment at being caught
●Crime- steals medication, laptop (pg.33), “a real live criminal”
●Skewed sense of morality
●Stealing-paradoxical- proves beneficial- “first crime spree” pg 38
●“We need you to steal a big car”- rebelling against the opposition- in the hope of freedom
●Dichotomy between urban/rural life
●Urban- people resort to crime to survive/lack of food/barricades imprison/ government control/restrict individual rights”none of us have the right ID”/ “they’ll let us die” pg34 pg.37 contrast abundant food supply
●Rural- views, plants, food,
●Catatonic state returns- leaves grandpa downcast/ despairing/heartbroken
●Loves grandparents- sorrow for grandma, loneliness grandpa
●“find a decent place to bury them” pg 44
●Not without honour/respectful
●Takes money- resilient spirit- promotes survival
●Grandparents’ death- little hope of rebellion