Reading Group Guide
1. Polly and her fellow comrades are forced to disguise themselves as boys because of the law forbidding female participation in the armed services. However, their female regiment succeeds where all men before them have failed. What is it about these girls that make them so successful?
2. The national deity, Nuggan, and his "Abominations" strictly control the lives of the people of Borogravia. What do you think Pratchett is trying to say about the integration of religion and government?
3. Polly feels that her regiment ends up being viewed as mascots instead of true soldiers, and is angered by this. Do you agree with her opinion or do you feel that they did, in fact, initiate change?
4. Do you think that Polly and the rest of her regiment will succeed as soldiers as they head off to war, yet again, at the end of the novel?
- Publication Date: October 1, 2003
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- ISBN-10: 006001315X
- ISBN-13: 9780060013158