A Reading Group Guide to The Angel Factory
By Terence Blacker About the Book
What would you do if you discovered that your whole life had been based on a lie . . . that your parents had adopted you, and that you were surrounded by angels intent on saving humanity from itself? Thomas Wisdom has just discovered these things about himself, and he doesn’t know what to think. At first he’s honored to be part of the angels’ plan, but then he starts to think about what his compliance would mean to his fellow humans. He doesn’t know what to do—or who he can trust—now that his world has been turned upside down, in this book that Publishers Weekly
calls “a riveting, futuristic tale.” Discussion Questions
1. In the beginning of the book, what kind of person is Thomas Wisdom? Is there anything that makes him special? Is there anything in his past that prepares him for all that is about to happen to him?
2. How does Thomas react to the news that he is adopted? Why do you think he reacts this way? Is his reaction justified? What changes his attitude about the adoption?
3. How do the members of Thomas’s family relate to each other? How do they feel about the angels’ plan? Where does Thomas fit into all of this?
4. Why were Thomas and Gip friends? Whose side is Gip on? Did either Thomas or Gip end up bein