Welcome back we're almost to the end! Things are coming to a head in the story and we're about to see Amy and Elder find out who killed/thawed the frozens.
Ch. 67- Amy's hands are stained black with paint from working on her wall chart, trying to figure out how the frozens attacked are connected. She falls asleep with the paintbrush in her hand.
When you look at Amy's chart and remove Amy from it, do you see anything that connects them?
Ch. 68- Elder goes to the cryo level and finds Harley looking out the hatch. They argue before Elder falls asleep. Elder wakes to the smell of paint. He goes looking for Harley and finds red X's painted on some of the cryo chambers. Then he finds Harley in the hatch that opens into space. As Elder watches, Harley is sucked into space.
What do you think the X's stand for and who do you think painted them?
Do you think that Harley meant to kill himself?
Ch. 69- Amy wakes and takes her inhibitor pill. When she looks back to the chart she can see what binds the victims together. They are all military. Amy turns to rush to the cryo level because her dad is military too. He could be next. Instead she runs right into Orion who has brought her a painting from Harley. The painting of Harley and the koi fish in the stars is his goodbye to her. She's not shocked when Elder rushes in a moment later to tell her that Harley has committed suicide.
How do you think Orion ended up with the painting? When would Harley have given it to him?
Ch. 70- Elder sees the painting and the symbolism in it. Amy tells him the connection between the victims and he tells her of finding the markings on the cryo doors. Elder and Amy go to the cryo floor and check over the Wi-Com locator map on a floppy while they ride the elevator. They can not figure out who painted the X's. Then Amy realizes that Orion doesn't have a Wi-Com and that not having one would make him invisible to the locator map.
Who do you think attacked the frozens and why?
Ch. 71- Amy and Elder try to figure out how Orion has fooled that biometric scanners that control access to the frozens. When they reach the cryo level, they find dozens and dozens of cryo chambers open all over the room. Amy rushes to her father and returns him to his chamber. Amy and Elder race around the room closing cryo chamber doors. They think that the frozens were left open as a test. A test for Elder.
Do you think Elder is right?
Was it a test to see if he'd let them thaw or put them back?
Who is testing him and why?
Ch. 72- They hear a noise coming from the laboratory on the cryo level and go to investigate. They find Eldest and Doc in the lab discussing Amy. Eldest wants to take her to the fourth floor that night and have Doc put her down. He is angry that Doc showed her what could happen to her and that he gave her the inhibitor pills. Then Doc and Eldest begin arguing about Doc not listening and letting the "other Elder" live. Elder stands up to Eldest. He and Amy break the pump that puts the Phydus into the water.
Do you think Elder can rule without Phydus?
Why do you think it is so hard for him to be sure that he could?
Ch. 73- Amy tells Elder that he can rule without drugging everyone into submission. Elder tells Eldest that he will be a better leader because he's not like Eldest. Eldest tells Doc to make a new Elder. Elder realizes then that he and Eldest have the same biometric scans because they are genetically the same. Any Elder or Eldest would have the same access. Orion steps into the room and pours Phydus over Eldest and Eldest is calmed to death.
Why do you think Orion opposed Eldest?
Ch. 74- Orion explains how he made himself invisible to Doc and Eldest. He explains why he has twice tried to kill the frozens. He believes that the people of the ship are merely the slaves conveying the frozens to the new planet and that they will not be colonists but the laborers and soldiers who will be used by the frozens once they get to the new planet. Orion threatens to tell Amy something and Elder pushes him into a cryo chamber and freezes him.
Do you think Orion is right? What role do you think the ship dwellers are intended to have once they arrive on Centauri Earth?
What do you think Elder is hiding from Amy?
Oh boy! Elder has to tell Amy something very important in the next chapters!! Make sure to come back Friday to discuss the big secret that he's kept from her.