Hey all and welcome to day one of the read along! You should have read chapters 1-6 before reading and commenting on this post. There will be spoilers. Remember, that you don't need to post on the day of the post but by the END. There is some wiggle room since it is summer and life does come up. Now on to the chapters at hand!
Ch. 1- Amy & her parents are about to be cryogenically frozen. Her mom goes first, then her dad and Amy goes last. Amy's dad wants her to see what the process entails before she goes through it. It's really emotional for Amy to see her parents vulnerable while they go through the process. After her mom is frozen, Amy's dad gives her the chance to back out, to go back home and live out her life. But Amy decides to go through with it because she doesn't want to live her life without here parents. As she is being frozen, Amy hears Hassan & Ed talking about the ship's mission, the financial crisis on Earth and the delayed launch of the Godspeed. When Amy hears that the launch has been delayed, she panics and fights the cryo process. As she freezes, she is still conscious
Why do you think Amy is so panicked over the thought of losing a year of life on Earth?
How does the description of the freezing process affect you as you read it?
Ch. 2 - Elder finds a locked door on the Godspeed. He wants desperately to prove his usefulness to Eldest. Elder feels the weight of his position and that he needs to be ready to lead when his time comes. But it sounds as if Elder believes that Eldest doesn't really want to train him to be Eldest. Then Elder finds his way into the great room and opens the ceiling panel, exposing the room to the starry vacuum of space.
What is your first impression of Elder?
Ch. 3 - Amy floats in and out of consciousness as she cryo sleeps. She thinks about the financial reason for the mission- to find more reasons to make more money. She dreams of Earth, of Jason and of her memories of her life on Earth. Amy sums up the reason that her family chose to be frozen and placed aboard the Godspeed and why she gave up her chance at a life on Earth: "All my parents ever wanted was to be a part of the first manned interstellar exploratory mission and all I ever wanted was to be with them."
What do you think of this statement?
Ch. 4 - Elder realizes that the "stars" are lights- a navigational chart. Eldest comes rushing in to see what the problem is. As Elder and Eldest interact, you can really see the rift between them. Eldest tells Elder that the first two causes of discord are: difference and lack of a strong central leader. He also tells Elder that mutiny is the greatest threat to the ship.
What do you think of the society/life on the Godspeed?
Would you like to live there?
Ch. 5 - Amy describes the feeling of being stuck in her body but unable to move or speak.
How would you handle being in this situation?
Ch. 6 - Eldest sends Elder to the recorder hall to research the third cause of discord. As Elder makes his way to the recorder hall, he fills us in on his life story and we get a glimpse of how alone he feels. As Elder works with Orion, we see just how the Godspeed has been changed since leaving Earth.
What do you think is on the hidden level and in the area marked "contingency"?
What do you think Elder is going to do?
That's all for today's chapters. Leave your answers to the questions as well as any comments or discussion in the comments below. We'll be back on July 7 with chapters 7-12. Hope to see you then!