“Blending Time” as a High School Discussion Book

by Michael Kinch on October 7, 2011

The Blending Time by Michael Kinch

The Blending Time by Michael Kinch

It seems a couple of high schools have chosen “The Blending Time” as a discussion book for their students. I didn’t expect that to happen, but am pleased because I think the book (and the rest of the trilogy) has a lot of social issues that teens should be concerned with and discuss. The book is a near-future dystopia in which a lot of things might indeed happen. Global climate change; famines and the subsequent battles for resources are already happening in parts of Africa. The next 50 years could see chaos or not–depending on the actions we take locally and globally.

Questions teachers might want to have their students discuss:

  • How might climate change effect them in 10-20 years?
  • Would climate change and scarce resources cause a breakdown of technology?
  • Can you think of a ‘magic bullet’ that might ‘fix’ such a dysfunctional world?
  • Could a world government (Like the Global Alliance) be effective… sort of a ‘super’ United Nations with teeth? What pitfalls might such a global government have?
  • How can we avoid such a future as portrayed in “The Blending Time?”
  • Any thoughts on the racial issues raised in the book? Will we become or or less racial and class tolerant in the future?

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