Day 6: AtU Read Along Ch. 31-36
July 15 Day Six: Chapters 31-36
CH 31: Amy
Elder takes Amy to the Garden. Amy thinks there is a chaotic feel to it. Amy asks Elder if every leader is called Eldest. She then says it is stupid and confusing. Amy is saddened by the fake rain. She is yet again reminded that she is on Godspeed and misses real rain clouds and rain. Elder and Amy make fun of each other’s accents. The rain is in the ships original design. The feeder level was originally labeled Biological Research. Eldest engineers all the weather patterns. Amy asks Elder why Eldest has not taught him all these things. Elder does not have an answer for her. Amy thinks that Eldest is a dictator and Elder says he is a good leader. Amy calls him and old man and Edler thinks this is funny. Amy and Elder then discuss if Eldest would have really put her out in the hatch. They both agree that YES he would have. The couple on the bench are getting very friendly and Amy is taken back by this.
What type of person do you think Eldest is at this point? Do you think he has a hard or easy job?
Ch 32: Elder
The man and woman on the bench start getting naked. Amy is disgusted. Elder does not want to talk about The Season. Elder is trying to see if Amy dislikes Elder the man or Elder the position. As they are talking, Elder touches Amy’s hair. This leads to their bodies getting very close. They are now kissing. Amy pulls away, crying. She says “it is always in the rain, with Jason too”. Elder feels terrible thinking he pushed Amy way too hard. As Amy is reliving memories of Jason, she stops and realizes that the New York she left, is no longer that at all. She is not even sure if it still exists. She begins to run again and thinks “there is still Elder”. Amy finds the cows that do not look at all like cows to her.
1. What does Elder like the best about Amy?
2. Why do you think Amy pulled away from Elder, upset and crying?
CH 33: Amy:
Amy misses Jason, misses everyone that used to be in her life. She thinks she should go relieve Harley from watching over the frozens because they are her parents. She has never felt more alone. Amy wakes up all fuzzy feeling and the water does not help. Luthe is the only one in the common room and makes her very uncomfortable. Amy decides to go jogging. She then ends up full running. She loves the release of running. Amy runs into a girl a few years older than her, inoculating the rabbits. The girl abruptly states that Eldest said they do not have to talk to Amy. Amy agrees trying not to growl. Amy tells her she can still be nice. The girl asks who Amy was running away from. Amy tried to explain why she runs but the girl states that it is not productive.
The girl cries as she speaks of her grandfather go to the hospital wing as it was his time. She cries but does not really seem to know what the emotions are for. The inoculations are not inoculations, they are genetic modification material. Amy tries to explain to the girl who she really is and how dangerous the genetic modification is. She tells the girl that she is not dumb and that Eldest lied about her. She tries to get the girl to read the screen to see that they are not inoculations. She will not agree with Amy at all. She repeats again what Eldest has told her. Amy realizes that Eldest has absolute control.
1. What is Amy’s running dream?
2. What realization does Amy come to speaking with the girl giving the inoculations to?
CH 34: Elder:
Elder and Eldest carry on a conversation about how hard it is being the Eldest. Elder wonders what exactly Eldest has had to do over time that would make him so upset. Eldest then states that he hates The Season. Elder wonders if it is because he used to have a girlfriend. Eldest tells Elder to never get proud and to do whatever he has to do to keep everyone on the ship alive. Eldest asks Elder about the3rd cause of discord. Elder forgot about the question. Eldest gets upset and tells Elder to just go spend time with “the girl”. Eldest tells Elder that he realize what trouble she is. Elder leaves Eldest and walks through the garden. All around him are the sounds of people mating. EVERYWHERE.
Elder goes to see Amy secretly hoping she is like the others on the ship during The Season. She is not he is disappointed. Amy is disgusted by The Season and Elder is confused. Why didn’t her parents tell her about the season? People are just like animals, they go into heat and mate. Amy says “it must be something in the water” with a fake laugh. She does not feel it is natural. Elder can only think about them turning 20 so they will be in The Season.
Amy wants to go see her parents and Elder goes with her. He looks up her parent’s # and she runs towards them. They get there and Elder offers to open them but Amy declines and just stands there.
1. How do you think The Season has affected Edler? Do you think it swayed him in any way towards or away from Amy?
2. Putting yourself in Amy’s shoes right now, what are you feeling and thinking about life on board Godspeed?
CH 35: Amy:
Wants to see her parents. She wants to trace their features. She does not want to see them as frozen meat.
1. Explain your feelings on this very short but very moving chapter.
CH 36: Elder
Elder and Harley are talking about Elder taking a shift. Edler is worried about Harley’s meds. Not the ones they both take but…Edler can tell that Harley does not want Amy to hear about this so they stop the conversation. Amy finds out she has a trunk onboard that she brought with her.
1. Do you think that Amy will have them retrieve her trunk? What do you think will be in it?
INSERT THE THEME FROM JAWS HERE.......STAY TUNED!