|the cover from the Nook version of the trilogy|
The questions for this week come from TBM -
Please note that this post may contain spoilers.
1. The nobility, the skaa, and the Lord Ruler have integral roles in the novel and yet we haven’t really interacted with them much. Do you think there is a reason for this? Have you formed an opinion about them?
I'm not sure that the nobility or the skaa will have an integral role in the story -- especially since Kelsier's plan seems to be more about some mysterious "other" motivation than the skaa rebellion. I do think that there is a reason we haven't seen the Lord Ruler yet. I think it's all about fearing what you don't know. Although, based on what he did or had done to Kell the first time they met, it sounds like he's still very much in power and will be quite menacing and scary when we finally get to see him.
2. Religion plays a vital role in the story. What is your opinion about the role of religion under the Lord Ruler? What do you think of Sazed's role as a Keeper.
I think that the role of Keeper is a fascinating one. The fact that Sazed not only remembers every religion that existed before the Lord Ruler but also believes them all is as bewildering to me as it is to Vin. It makes sense that the Lord Ruler would have the most control over the world by combining government with a compulsory religion. This makes him the one and only authority figure. It will be interesting if he is indeed overthrown what will happen with religion going forward and what role the Keepers will play.
3. Are you for/against/or ambivalent about Kelsier’s plan to overthrow the Lord Ruler? Do you think his heart is in the right place or is it just revenge?
I'm sure it's a mixture of revenge and something else that we don't know about yet. I don't think he necessarily cares at all for the skaa other than disliking seeing anyone giving up on their lives. I can't say I'm against the plan except that I think there will be a lot of casualties tied to it. But I do think that the misery of everyone in this world means that the overthrow must happen.
4. Vin and Kelsier are the main characters of the novel, yet there are many characters. Is there a certain character who intrigues you more than the others?
Elend Venture is probably the most intriguing character right now. I can't wait to see if he's really rebelling against the nobility or if he's onto Vin's deception from the start, especially since Vin seemed to have an instant connection with him. I also enjoy Breeze for some strange reason. I know he's cocky and he drives Vin crazy but maybe he's working some of his magic on me!
Until next week,