Study Guide

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Identity

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Like most guys his age, Sam is just biding his time waiting to find his calling—until the day it drops into his life like an anvil in a Looney Tunes cartoon. Most twenty-year-olds look forward to finally finding the perfect college major, meeting the perfect person, or finding the perfect career. By contrast, Sam's calling finds him—and it's not what he expects.

Like non-necromancers, though, once Sam experiences the full force of his power, everything that previously made him feel isolated from the world is stripped away. Like a kid who finally realizes they want to go to med school, Sam eventually finds himself… as well as the undead and a bounty of supernatural entities. But so it goes in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.

Questions About Identity

  1. How does Sam feel about his position in life at the beginning of the book? Is he satisfied as a Plumpy's employee? Why or why not?
  2. How does Sam's acceptance of his identity change throughout the story? What causes these changes?
  3. How does experiencing the full strength of his powers at the end of the book cause Sam to see himself differently?

Chew on This

Kevin's rejection of Tia and Sam does such severe damage to Sam because of his inherent rejection of the necromancy gene in their family.

Killing Douglas causes Sam to completely understand the importance of necromancy to who he is.

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