Day 3 AtU Read Along Ch. 13-18
Here we are on Day 3 of the Read Along and things are heating up, if I do say so myself. Last time, we heard about Amy's crazy glass coffin dreams and Elder first saw Amy, was drawn to her by her hair, then he and Doc found her thawed out and freaked out. Now, let's continue and see what Amy thinks of Elder, since we already know what he thinks of her.
Ch. 13 - Amy describes the painful process of being unfrozen. She can tell, even though her eyes are still sealed shut, that there are two people touching her. She can feel a set of gentle hands (Elder) and a rough set of hands (Doc). Elder is kind, gentle and speaks to her as they work. Doc is rough, hard and all business. Amy first sees Elder and describes how she sees him in that moment. She wants to trust him.
What do you think of Amy's first impression of Elder?
Ch. 14 - Elder talks with Doc about Amy's thawing. Doc calls Eldest. Elder feels the need to protect Amy now that she looks so small and helpless. Eldest and Do talk over and around Elder about someone else does this before.
What do you think they're talking about?
Ch. 15 - Amy wakes to find Elder asleep in the chair next to her bed. She analyzes his appearance. When he tells her that her parents are still frozen and that they will stay that way for another 49 years, 266 days- Amy feels more alone than she has ever felt.
How do you think Amy took the news about her thawing but not her parents?
Did she handle it well? How would you have handled the news if it were you?
Ch. 16 - When Amy begins to cry- Elder gets the frex out of there- typical guy. He heads to the garden to pick her some flowers, thinking about how he can help her. Elder ignores the Wi-com from Eldest then finds Eldest right behind him. Eldest tells him to go to the learning center and Elder refuses. Eldest punishes him by making his Wi-com buzz painfully in his ear. Elder tries to go see Amy but bumps into Orion and Harley instead. Orion tells him to go to the learning center and to not fight it. Elder ends up running to the learning center.
What do you think of Eldest right now?
Ch. 17 - Doc talks to Amy about how she can not be refrozen and that her parents are not going to be thawed. Amy feels out of place on the ship and angry at the whole situation. Doc tells Amy that she must find a way to occupy her time on the ship and reinforces the fact that her life on Earth is over and that she must build a new life on the Godspeed. Amy is thrown by the idea that there are no other teens on the ship... except for Elder and now her. Eldest comes in and tells Amy that he will not stand for any disturbance on his ship.
What do you think about Eldest and Doc as they speak to Amy?
Ch. 18 - Eldest and Elder talk about Amy. Elder thinks about what he'd like to do with her. Eldest descides to let Elder see first hand how difference causes discord. He then tries to talk about the upcoming Season with Elder- who does NOT want to talk about it. After Eldest is called off to the Shipper level, Harley coms Elder about Amy. Elder sneaks into Eldest's quarters and finds a model of the reactors that fuel the ship, alcohol and inhibitor medication. Eldest bursts into Elder's room and they rush off.
What do you think of the things that Elder found in Eldest's quarters?
Amy and Elder are both awake on the Godspeed now and the action is starting to pick up! Hope to see you back here on July 11th when we cover chapters 19-24. Remember to leave your answers to the discussion questions below and add whatever you like to the discussion!