Survival (Island, Book Two)


Gordon Korman

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Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. What did you think about each of the kids (Luke, JJ, Ian, Charla, Lyssa and Will)?
  2. Did you feel like you could see or feel what it was like to be on the island?
  3. The kids were amazed at how much of what Ian had learned from TV and how helpful it was to them. Do you ever find that you've learned useful information on TV?
  4. Ian learned the lesson that real life wasn't the same as TV. Can you think of examples from the book or from your own experience?
  5. Ian was surprised at the things he missed (the poster on his wall, his goldfish, his mother's pot roast, which was practically lethal, the sound of his father practicing his trombone p. 50). What things would you miss?
  6. JJ was sure that everything that happened was part of the CNC plan. Do you agree or disagree? If you disagree, was there a point where you became convinced of your belief?
  7. What did you think the men were up to?
  8. Why was burying the dead man so emotionally upsetting for the kids?
  9. This is the second book in a trilogy. In a series the author may give information to bring the reader up to date. Did you read the first book, Shipwreck? Was the author's prologue enough to bring a reader new to the series up to speed?
  10. Do you think this book can stand on its own without the other parts of the trilogy?
  11. Were you left hanging at the end? Was it exciting enough to make you seek out the third book?

If you like this book, try

  • Dive series by Gordon Korman
  • Everest series by Gordon Korman
  • Hatchet, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return, Brian's Hunt and other titles by Gary Paulsen

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