City of Bones Book Discussion Week 2Monday, April 11, 2011
- Each week we will do a detailed discussion of the plot of that week’s chapters (every Monday!). We will also highlight characterization, quotes, favorite parts, random scenes, and ask/answer questions.
- Argh, thar be spoilers ahead, matey!! While each week will be spoiler-free for the next chapters in the book, all of the previous chapters we’ve read will become free game. So to keep this discussion fun for readers who have not read the amazing series (like poor Nora here: she’s seriously missing out, right, guys?) try to keep your comments spoiler-free, from the next chapters, as possible.
- At the end of each post, questions will be asked. Feel free to participate every week! We’d love to hear your opinion but you don’t have to answer everything. The questions are only there as guidelines but we’d love to read your tangents on that week’s chapters. And if you feel totally inspired about this book, as much as we are, you could always discuss your own opinion in a guest post: just fill out the form HERE.
- For an entire schedule of our discussion (or just in case you’ve missed a post), you can go HERE. And we’re also giving away a copy of City of Bones, to enter the contest, go HERE. Finally, on to the moment you’ve all been waiting for. *drumroll*
This chapter opens up with the poetry reading. Clary and Simon come to support Eric, who sort of sucks at poetry. While Simon is getting coffee, Clary finds a seat for the both of them. A blond girl questions Clary about Simon’s eligibility. “’He’s cute. Does he have a girlfriend?’” (37).
Simon returns. Eric shares his poetry with the crowd. His “first poem is called ‘Untitled’” (38). Which is laughable enough, then he actually starts his poem. To drown out Eric’s wallowing sorrow of his poem, Simon engages Clary into conversation. He tries to hint (a very loud hint, but Clary doesn’t get it) that he wants to ask her out. Clary doesn’t seem to get it, when she sees Jace smirking in the corner.
Clary ditches Simon to follow Jace out the door. Jace tries to understand Clary. “’You seem to be a mundane like any other mundane, yet you can see me. It’s a conundrum” (41). Clary doesn’t really comprehend. Jace explains that he must take her to the Institute to show her to Hodge, his tutor.
Clary refuses to go with him. Her phone rings and she grudgingly picks it up. It’s her mother, Jocelyn. Jocelyn warns her against coming home, though she doesn’t say why. She leaves the phone conversation like a horror flick, “Clary heard her mother draw in a sharp breath before speaking, her voice eerily calm: ‘I love you, Clary.’ The phone went dead” (45).
Clary is running home to her mother who specifically told her not to come home. Of course, if someone tells you not to do something, you’re probably going to do it anyway.
Clary finally makes it to her door only to find her house a mess and her mother missing. She looked everywhere and couldn’t find her. But a Ravener found her, a creature that looks “something like a cross between an alligator and a centipede,” (50). The thing was trying to eat her. But Clary stuck the Sensor that she had stolen from Jace, between the creature’s teeth. Ha, the Ravener choked on the thing, but he took Clary down with him. Sort of.
Clary was just knocked out. When she comes to, she is in the yard, lying on the grass with Jace looming over her. Clary was poisoned by the creature in her apartment and Jace insists he takes her to the Institute.
“She felt a stinging kiss against her skin. When he let go, she saw an inked black symbol like the ones that covered his skin” (55). Jace uses his stele to mark her, to hide her from sight for a while.
With the poison pumping through her veins, Clary faints. Jace is probably so used to catching fainting girls that he doesn’t seem to notice. (Ha ha, I’m just kidding.)
REMEMBER: Please try to give a minimum of spoilers unless it is about the chapters we have read already. Also, every comment (one per post) on our discussion posts gives you extra entries if you are entered to win a copy of City of Bones.