Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Obscurity of DC’s forty-first Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be focusing on…
AGE SUGGESTION: 12+
Number of Books: 1
Synopsis from dcuniverseinfinite.com: New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson delivers a thrilling sci-fi series that raises hard questions about free will and the nature of good and evil. Humanity has discovered the root of all evil: the Malnoro virus-a devastating malady that modifies the neural pathways for empathy. Those infected have been forcibly imprisoned in the Quarantine Zone (whether they choose to do good or evil). Meanwhile, the rest of the cured world is sterile and crime-free, but permeated by an oppressive, paranoid fear of new outbreaks. If we could “cure” ourselves of the capability to do evil, should we? And could a person truly be good without the choice to do evil?
Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:
- Before the story even begins, we are given a very informative page explaining the situation the comic’s world is in and the virus that plagues it. Did you find this helpful, or would you have preferred to have figured it out on your own as the story progressed? Explain.
- In pages 11-14, we see a woman threaten a Quarantine Zone Enforcer in an attempt to see her daughter. The panels are full of inhumane actions made by both people. Who do you think was more in the wrong: the mother or the Enforcer? Why?
- Questions of ethics and morals are unfathomably prevalent in Quarantine Zone. Did any questions about ethics in the story stand out to you? If so, what were some of them? Feel free to answer other people’s questions.
- Do you think all of the murder is justified? Explain.
- Of all of the Quarantine Zone Enforcers, who was your favorite? Why?
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