In 2018, Leigh Bardugo released her novel Six of Crows. It’s the first story in a new series, taking place in her previously-established universe known as the Grishaverse. Six of Crows has been very well-received, and I know first-hand that there’s a lot for a discerning book club to discuss in this book. Whether your book club is preparing to discuss it, or you’ve read it on your own and are looking for more, I hope the questions below will help guide you.
Note: If you haven’t read Six of Crows, you can read my review of it here.
Please let me know if you use these questions, find them helpful, or think I missed something. And of course I would love to see your answers to any (or all) of these questions in the comments. Happy discussing!
Of course, MAJOR SPOILER WARNINGS below:
What did you think of the cast of characters as a whole? Did you find the team well-balanced in terms of skill and personality?
How did you feel about each character’s personal agenda and motivations?
What did you think of Kaz as a leader? How do you feel about the reveal of his background?
Which character backstory or side plot was your favorite? Why?
What did you think about the heist?
Were the stakes high enough for you? Did Bardugo explain the risks and rewards well enough that it felt real to you?
Were you invested in the characters’ success in addition to their survival?
Did this heist story remind you of any other heist stories (like Ocean’s 11?)? How does it compare to the big-budget heist movies we’re all familiar with?
Do you think those similarities (if you saw any) helped or hindered your enjoyment of this book?
Did you know that Bardugo had already published a series in this universe? Were you aware of those books before you read Six of Crows?
What did you find most interesting about the larger universe this story was set in? Was there anything you wish the book had spent more time exploring?
What did you think of the romantic subplots in this book? In your mind, were there two or three?
How did you feel about Kaz’s last line: “I’m going to get my money, … and I’m going to get my girl.”
Did that feel like a natural culmination of his/their growth over the course of the narrative? It’s no stretch to say that the relationship between Kaz and Inej transformed over the course of the story. But did this last line feel in-character for Kaz, or did it feel forced?