Book Group Discussion Questions for Edge of Survival by Toni Anderson...
*Questions contain spoilers*
1) On the outside, the hero of EDGE OF SURVIVAL appears to be a handsome, charming, ne’er-do-well. But appearances are deceptive. In reality Daniel Fox is a former elite soldier, a man running from the ghosts of his past and battling PTSD while avoiding emotional entanglement. One of the things that drew me to this story was what happens to soldiers when they get out of the service? Suicide and alcoholism are rife among the secretive heroes of the British military. Do you think this was a fair portrayal of the problems elite soldiers face? Should we, as a society, take more responsibility for our veterans?
2) All my heroes need a healthy dose of redemption and Daniel Fox is no exception. A disgraced former British SAS soldier turned Canadian helicopter pilot, at the beginning of the book he’s in a very bad place and does some things some (romance) readers might not forgive him for. Does he go too far? If not, what would be unforgivable in a fictional hero?
3) In this story, the heroine, Cameran Young has type-1 diabetes, but she doesn’t let it slow her down. How do you feel about having a major character with a severe medical condition? Would you like to see more of this in commercial fiction?
4) Cameran Young suffers from diabetes and has to be thoroughly organized and regimented in order to survive. Do you think it’s realistic she’d fall in love with someone so high risk, who lives life with such a blatant disregard for rules or personal safety?This ties in with the old adage that opposites attract. Do you agree? Or are people drawn more to the similarities they see between them and others?
5) One theme of Edge of Survival is, is doing the right thing worth the cost? When Daniel Fox was an elite soldier he did the right thing and it destroyed his world. Now he avoids responsibility, but is also finding it hard to live with that reality. Do you believe you should always do the right thing? Whatever the cost? Or does it depend on the circumstances?
6) Every single character in Edge of Survival is flawed in some way. Does this make the characters more or less likable?
7) There are some serious environmental issues raised in the book. The exploitation of valuable natural resources at the cost of pristine wilderness. The destruction of habitat for critically endangered species. Does the author adequately pursue this given the storyline as a whole?