1. How would you describe Clay as a person at the beginning of the book? At the end? How much sympathy do you feel for him, and why?
2. How does Lucian compare to your idea of demons?
3. How plausible to you are Lucian’s reasons for hating humans? Why do or don’t you feel sympathy for him?
4. As Clay becomes more and more focused on the story itself, he begins to miss the larger context in which the story is being told. When have you become so focused on a situation or desire that you lost perspective on the bigger picture? Why was this so easy for Clay to do? For you?
5. Clay’s outlook is affected by his feelings toward Aubrey. When has one event, hurt, or person so influenced your perspective?
6. When Clay meets Richard, he is disappointed. When have you been disappointed—or relieved—that reality did not match something you built up in your mind?
7. When have you incrementally moved toward doing the very thing you once thought or said you would never do?
8. Who are your Mrs. Russos?
9. When has the truth turned out not to be the truth you thought it was?
10. When have you felt or feared that a decision or action you took was irrevocable? What kinds of actions or decisions truly are irrevocable in life?
11. If you had only months left to live, how would you live that remaining time differently? How can you incorporate one of these changes into your life now? Which items in your life would no longer matter from this perspective? (Can you shed any of them?)
12. What do you believe happened to Clay after the novel’s conclusion?