Welcome back to the second week of the Mistborn group read! As always, it’s hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. So, look at that! This post is on time. Go me.
“Does it ever look wrong to you, Vin?”
“Wrong?” she asked.
Kelsier nodded. “The dry plants, the angry sun, the smoky-black sky.”
Vin shrugged. “How can those things be right or wrong? That’s just the way things are.”
“I suppose,” Kelsier said. “But, I think your mind-set is part of the wrongness. The world shouldn’t look like this.” p.284
1. During the past week there’s been a lot of speculation as to the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Now that we finally know the answer, does it change anyone’s opinions of the Lord Ruler?
I don’t think it really changes my opinion that the Lord Ruler is a harsh, uncompassionate dictator.
2. What did you think of Elend’s group of subversive nobles? Do you think that Kelsier is right to dismiss people who could be potential allies, or is this another case of his anti-nobility biases showing?
I definitely think Kelsier applies stereotypes and has a sometimes irrational hatred for nobility. I kind of like that about him because he’s made out to be a great hero, someone who survived the Pits, but he’s still subjected to the same bigotry he finds himself fighting against. As for Elend and his group, I find them sort of unrealistic. Elend’s friends are right when they say they are just talking – I think to do anything meaningful you need to change your actions. But I do admire for Elend for having a brain of his own and for going against the grain of his fellow nobles.
3. What’s your favorite part of the book so far?
Gosh, that’s a hard one. I have a couple parts and so I’m not just going to pick one. First is the part where Sazed saves Vin and we get to see him act. He’s really one of my favorite characters, from his personality but also because he’s so different from the other characters. One other scene I loved is where Marsh teaches Vin about bronze and copper. I love their conversation, how they talk about Kelsier and you see a little more into that family. I just think Vin and Marsh have good chemistry which contrasts between that which Vin and Kelsier have (they also have good chemistry, but in a different way). Also, Marsh is my kind of male character. Kelsier is really over the top and I connect more with Marsh’s reserved personality.
4. Now that Kelsier’s plan has hit some major stumbling blocks, what do you think will happen next? Do you think he can still succeed in defeating the Lord Ruler?
So, I’ve read the whole thing already so I can’t really speculate without giving anything away. So I’m just going to say that I do feel Kelsier’s plan is pretty hurt and that he’ll need to come up with something really good to overcome this. I think we get a sense of this in the last chapter where he talks to Mennis and finds out that the skaa recruits never really had any hope they would win or succeed, that they were just trying to do something. Kell seemed pretty shocked by this revelation and so I think he leaves thinking he must do something to convince these people that they need to have hope that they can change their future.