I love this novel! I’d really like to read your thoughts on the following questions:
- On Page 35, Mr Penumbra states that ‘the relationship between book and reader is private’. What does he mean by this? How does the novel complicate this relationship?
- On page 58, Kat says: ‘But I think writers had their turn…and now it’s programmers who get to upgrade the human operating system.’ Does the novel privilege programmers/digital over writers/print? Do you agree that programmers are now more important than writers?
- At the heart of the novel is the collision of old-world handwork and the automated digital age. How do Clay and Mat build a bridge between these two worlds?
- The characters remind us that fifteenth-century technologies of the book—from punch-cutting to typesetting—were met with fear and resistance, as well as with entrepreneurial competition and the need to teach new skills. How does this compare to the launch of e-books? If you try to picture what literacy will look like five hundred years from now, what do you see?