Was it unclear or confusing to understand why the author chose to write only in 2nd person in the book?
It was fairly confusing to understand why the author chose to write only in 2nd person, as it was not possible to differentiate when the main character was talking about himself or about his brothers. As a result, every time you read, thinking and replacing "we"s with ''I''s was necessary in order for the reading process to be easier.
What themes have you gotten from the book so far?
So far, I have noticed the theme of equalness because all of the people need to exactly equal in this called "community". To start off, each person has numbers instead of names as identifications, as cited on part one. So, everytime someone calls a brother, they have to say the numbers in order to communicate with him. Additionally, the brothers each have to say "we" instead of "I". I think this happens because people are not allowed to talk for themselves and need to equal and believe that the brothers are a part of them. Also, another theme I have noticed is organization because everything is so organized in the community. Firstly, all the children go to the children's home when the are exactly five. Then, when they are fifteen years old, they start working. After that, when the men are older than twenty and women older than eighteen, they are assigned to a partner from the opposite sex and are sent to the City Palace of Mating. So, everything is perfectly separated and assigned.
What are some of the author's writing style characteristics?
The author's writing style has many characteristics. One of them is that she writes formally, as the words in the novel are very difficult and long, for example atone, toil and convulsions. Another prominent characteristic of her style is that she writes descriptively, so that the reader can imagine each scene that is described. Lastly, another characteristic that she shows is that she made the book seen like a journal belonging to the main character, where he tells the story. Because of that, the story is written in both 1st person and 2nd person. You can notice that comparing the first two pages to the others.