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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Discussion Questions: The Hurricane Code by James Aura for Book Clubs

Discussion Questions: The Hurricane Code by James Aura for Book Clubs and Climate Change Organizations

Discussion Questions: The Hurricane Code by James Aura for Book Clubs

Note: Previously, I posted about other books by James Aura
When Saigon Surrendered: A Kentucky Mystery (Kentucky Mysteries Book 1) 

The book for today is The Hurricane Code by James Aura

In 2099 Earth and the people are experiencing the effects of the climate crisis. Technology helps the characters. So many aspects of life, weather, business, and travel are considered. This book kept me interested all the way through. Excellent read about an entirely plausible future. Here are the thoughtful questions Aura wrote for the book. Have Google nearby to look up answers. 

1. What is cyclogenesis and when does it occur?
2. What is a hinny and how is it different from a mule?
3. What are some of the scientific and technical advances suggested in the story?
4. In 2099 the CO2 content at Mauna Loa Observatory is 700 ppm.
5. What is the current CO2 level measured at Mauna Loa?
6. How much of a increase in CO2 over last year?
7. In the book the ocean surface temperature is said to be 98 degrees. How does that
 Compare to summer temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico now? 
8. How would changing weather enable pythons to migrate from Florida to Kansas?
9. What genetic tool was discovered that might one day enable extensive changes to a person's natural appearance? Do you think this would be a good thing? 
10. The character Roxanne writes code for Quantum computers. Do they exist now or do you think they are yet to be invented? 
11. Look up Gabe's road trip locations in Google Maps: Seymour, Missouri, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, St Cloud, Minnesota, Fargo, ND, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Regina, Saskatchewan. 
12. Look up Marie's road trip in Google Maps: Seymour, Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, Wichita, KS.
13. What is the most important message in this text?

I read this book not expecting so much of the setting to be near where I live in Minnesota. You can't judge a book by its cover. I sent it to a friend from Saskatchewan. Books with the two areas are few and far between. It was a fun discovery, although the topic was serious. 

I was born when C02 was 311.8 (I think, that is close anyway). The fact C02 is 700 in the year 2099 when the book takes place is sobering. Aura predicts through storytelling about how humans might survive harsh climate change. My own daughter is hoping the insects that could travel north might not do that during her lifetime. We do know insect, bird, and animal habitats are changing. 

The characters have determination and are clever about how they survive. I think book clubs and climate change groups would find much to discuss and share while reading this book. 

Thank you for reading, 
Carolyn Wilhelm
Wise Owl Factory LLC

MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.

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