Bridgebuilders Reader Guide

The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilders

  1. How does the setting differ from Shipbuilder? What was unique about the setting of Bridgebuilders and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
  2. What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think she is trying to get across to the reader?
  3. Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  4. How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
  5. In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
  6. Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
  7. In Shipbuilder, Sam did not understand that he was creating a new universe when he goes back in time. In Bridgebuilders, Sam, Sarah, and Jamie know this will happen when Sam and Sarah go back to 2006. Do you think their knowledge makes them responsible for that universe?
  8. Bridgebuilders attempts to show a population dealing with severe planetary changes. Did any of it feel realistic to you? Why or why not?
  9. What advice would you give to Moira while she is still attending Strickert Academy? Assume you know about your family situation.
  10. What advice would you give Andy once he learns about Moira’s problem?
  11. Now that the two universes know about each other, what should the next step be? Should they set up embassies or try to stop all CERBO activity?

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