So, the lies are starting to come undone and Eldest is clearly losing it. Let's take a look at chapters 61-66 and see what else we'll find on the ship of lies.
Ch. 61- Orion finds Amy in the Recorder Hall and confides that he was hiding from Eldest because his very existence is offensive to Eldest. As Amy makes her way back to the hospital, she runs into Steela being brought to the hospital by her daughter. Steela thinks that she remembers seeing the stars and hearing the same speech from Eldest when she was pregnant with her daughter. The nurse declares this to be delusions brought on by old age. Amy offers to take Steela to the fourth floor. She stays with Steela when Steela asks her to.
Steela says that she was put on the pills when she was twelve and raised up in the hospital to be an agriculturalist and that it's a shame to see her daughter turn into "one of them". What do you think this means?
Ch. 62- Elder learns that there never was a plague. Eldest also shows Elder the engine room for the first time and tells him that they are not 25 years behind schedule but 250. The engine is not running the way it was supposed to.
What do you think caused the deaths if there was no plague?
How would you deal with the engine problem?
Ch. 63- Amy goes with Steela up to the locked fourth floor. She forces Doc to turn away when her asks Steela to change into the provided hospital gown. Doc puts in IVs without examining her and Amy knows something is wrong. All of the people in the beds are staring blankly ahead as Steela does after her IV is inserted. Amy attacks Doc as she realizes what is happening.
Amy says that Doc doesn't see the patients as people because he has been in doctor mode for too long. Do you agree with her or do you think there is another reason that he doesn't see the people as people with feelings and rights?
Ch. 64- Elder and Eldest return to the learning center. Eldest tells Elder about how the current system life on the ship came to be. Eldest also admits to putting things other than vitamins and hormones in the water. Phydus is a drug that the Eldests have used for years to keep control on the ship. Elder is angry as he begins to piece the rest of the truths that have been kept from him. Eldest tries to convince Elder that he is right and that this is the only way that the ship can exist peacefully.
Why do you think Eldest feels that he has to share the truth with Elder now?
Ch.65- Doc tells Amy that he wants her to see what happens to the grays. He tells her that he agrees with Eldest that Phydus allows the ship to exist in peace. Doc also tells her that Eldest is very dangerous and that if he finds her a nuisance, he'll have Doc put her to sleep.
Amy wonders if Doc cares at all for his patients. What do you think?
There is no doctor in training in Harley's Gen. Why do you think Doc has not "made" a replacement for himself?
Ch. 66- Elder goes to see Amy and finds her sobbing on her bed. He breaks the understood rule against entering someone's private space without permission because he's so worried about Amy. When she sees him, Amy launches herself at him for comfort. Holding Amy causes Elder to realize that he doesn't really agree with Eldest. He also looks down at Amy all red eyed and runny nosed and finds her to be beautiful. Elder tells Amy about what he has learned from Eldest and Amy tells him about her trip to the fourth floor. Amy breaks and Elder gives her the strength to keep searching for the solution to the mystery with the frozens. Elder leaves her to rest while he goes to watch over her parents.
Who do you think has the better grasp on what it means to be a leader- Elder or Eldest?
What do you think of Amy and Elder's relationship in this chapter?
Well, we're nearing the end everyone! I'll see you back here on Wednesday to cover chapters 67-74. Things are reaching a breaking point on the Godspeed!