Study Guide

Wings Man and the Natural World

By Aprilynne Pike

Man and the Natural World

One of the big twists in Wings is that Laurel turns out to be a faerie, and since faeries are plants (instead of animals), we know we're in for a lot of nature talk. As Laurel learns more about herself and her heritage, she learns more about how plants work. She also spends a lot of time in nature, simply because she enjoys being with the sun and trees more than being around people for the most part (we can't say that we blame her; teenagers can be really obnoxious sometimes). Heck, even Laurel's name is a reference to nature, since a laurel is a type of tree.

By the time you're done reading this book, Shmoopers, you just might be tempted to join Greenpeace.

Questions About Man and the Natural World

  1. What was Laurel's relationship with the natural world like before she found out she was a faerie?
  2. Why do you think David is so good with biology?
  3. If you were a faerie, which season do you think you'd correspond to?
  4. What do faeries eat? How does this affect them?

Chew on This

It makes way more sense for faeries to be plants than to be animals (like humans).

It's impossible to sum up Laurel's relationship with nature in the book in one sentence—it's just too complicated.