Book Two of the Unearthly series, Hallowed, deals with the fall out of what happened when Clara didn’t fulfill her purpose. She is puzzled over what she saw in her vision and how Christian is supposed to play a role in her life. She is not sorry she saved Tucker, but she is so confused about what to do next. Her love for Tucker deepens so she pushes away her thoughts of the inevitable. At the same time her brother, Jeffrey is acting strange and her mother is weakening. This book takes us deeper into the world of angel bloods. We find out why Clara is stronger than she first thought when we meet her father. This book is about sacrifice. Clara must make painful decisions in this book. Does she follow her purpose or her heart. She has free will which is a dangerous thing for an angel with a purpose designed by God. Cynthia Hand creates characters that are complicated and beautiful. My favorite part of the angel gathering in the mountains. The imagery is so beautiful. I also love the way Hand describes Michael, Clara’s father. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment which is expected to be published in 2013.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
What would your heaven look like?
Talk about purpose in life. What does that mean to you?
Why do you think there are so many angel bloods in Clara’s town?
Discuss this passage on page 98. “Fighting my purpose. Which means I’m going against my design. The sorrow is mine.”
Talk about the sacrifice she made to let go of Tucker to embrace her destiny with Christian. What would you have done?
Talk about Angela’s reaction to Clara’s true angel powers. Have you ever felt jealous like that?
Talk about the loss of Clara’s mother. Have you experienced anything like that?
What would you do if you had wings? Where would you fly?