This month’s FYA Book Club selection is Crier’s War by Nina Varela. This duology starter is an unusual mix of science fiction and fantasy and makes some really interesting points about humanity. Plus, there’s a sapphic love story that really brings the swoon.

Check out the discussion questions below! (Beware spoilers!)

P.S. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add any other discussion questions of your own in the comments!


Automae like Crier have an easier time of learning than humans do. If you could easily and quickly learn how to do anything, what would you learn?


  1. Crier and Ayla, although both 16-year-old “girls,” are very different. Which one did you like better? Which one did you connect with more?
  2. At one point in the history of Automae society, Automae were treated like pets. Would you want a pet Automa?
  3. Do you find it believable that a society of advanced androids would keep the traditions/old ways of humanity?
  4. Would you rather be an Automa or a human in this society?
  5. Ayla’s initial goal is to get revenge for her family by killing Crier. Do you think she was justified and/or her plans were understandable? Why do you think she saved Crier when she could have easily not? (Aside from the justifications she tries to reassure herself with.)
  6. How did you feel about Crier and Ayla’s chemistry?
  7. Did you see the reveal with Storme coming?
  8. How about the ending?
  9. Crier’s War is the first in a fully published duology. Will you read the sequel, Iron Heart? Do you have any theories on what might happen in the book?

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.