A Reading Group Guide to Beyonders #1: A World Without Heroes
By Brandon Mull Discussion Questions
1.We’re introduced to the ever-important Word at the very beginning of the book. In what ways does the Word hold power in the story? In what ways do words hold power in your life? Are there times when words can serve as weapons? When do words become tools for good?
2.If you were to choose one special word that would best describe or define you, what would it be? Explain the significance of your choice.
3.Jason learns about Lyrian’s history from the books the Loremaster shares with him. Afterwards, Jason asks him, “Who wrote the history I just read?” Why did Jason want to know that? Why would that question matter?
4.Jason and Rachel go on a quest for knowledge in A World Without Heroes
as they search for the hidden syllables of the Word. How might you consider knowledge a prize in our world? Can knowledge ever be dangerous to us, as it is in Lyrian?
5.Reflect on Galloran’s definition of a hero. What is your definition of hero
? Whom would you consider heroes in your life?
6.How did Jason and Rachel’s relationship change from the beginning of the book to the end? At what points did you notice a shift in how they interacted?
7.Compare and contrast Lyrian to our world. Consider Jason’s longings for certain things