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David Mitchell was born in 1969, in Britain. He received a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Comparative Literature. After graduating, David Mitchell taught English as second language and Japan for eight years. His induction into Asian culture, and his marriage to a Japanese woman, are obvious influences for Sonmi’s culture. After his time in Japan, he returned to Ireland to become a novelist.

David Mitchell has always had a love affair with books, and wanted to combine several types of writing in one complete work. Styles of literature have changed drastically since the invention of the novel, and now genres are so separate that crossing the boundaries between them seems impossible. However, David Mitchell blends science fiction, political thrillers, travelogues, and post-apocalyptic styles into a readable story spanning the history of literature. His split novellas have stylistic influences ranging from Melville to Delillo, yet contain the same themes threaded throughout. Just as his split novellas have many stylistic influences, they have many thematic influences, as well.

Cloud Atlas, published in 2004, was birthed at a time when the potentially disastrous consequences of human dominance and capitalism could be seen. For the first time, the world worried about alternate sources for energy and water, and all the while consumerism spread to more and more countries. Previously overlooked, documentaries of the new millennium highlight the dangers humanity is putting itself in through its selfish consumption. David Mitchell explores the making of capitalism and corporatism, and also goes one step further: to predict future stages of capitalist development and eventual decline and self-cannibalization. Humans tend to view society as always progressing, always moving forward, but David Mitchell foresees a society forced to move backward because of prejudice, greed and corporate blindness.

Despite humanity’s long and bloody history, prejudice and the inhumane treatment of man still exist in modern society. These themes resound throughout Cloud Atlas, which portrays cruelty against people of color, homosexuals, elderly, and fabricated. However, Cloud Atlas also portrays characters that overcome their initial prejudice and instead practice understanding of those different from them. As a man married to a woman of different race, David Mitchell is probably familiar with the struggles of prejudice and culture gaps.

One of the more baffling influences (at least to western readers) comes from the belief in reincarnation. This eastern philosophy of birth and rebirth connects the world together in an endless cycle, much like the structure of the novel. This is a hugely different viewpoint from Western religions, which portray time a single line rather than and overlapping and cycling universe.

Cloud Atlas explores aspects of humanity that are innate, arguments that have gone on for hundreds or thousands of years, in many times and eras. David Mitchell exposes the nature of man, humanity, homo sapiens, by telling a story through six different times, places and people. His stories are influenced by literature new and old, religion, philosophy, history and capitalism; but most of all, Cloud Atlas is influenced by raw humanity.

Cloud Atlas consists of six novellas, fragmented and arranged in a circular fashion. Each story is connected to the next, overlapping through time using varying mediums such as journals, letters and movies. The story follows a soul that is reincarnated with a comet-shaped birthmark below their shoulder blade.

The first story follows a young notary, Adam Ewing. Adam has taken a ship from Sydney home to San Francisco. Adam’s journal begins in New South Whales, in a small village. There he meets an eccentric doctor named Henry Goose, and the two become unlikely friends. Henry decides to accompany Adam on his voyage and joins the crew of the Prophetess as ship’s doctor. Adam has a mysterious ailment, which he asks Henry for help with. The ship stops at Bethlehem Cape where Adam witnesses cruelty and manipulation of the natives. Back on the boat, Adam’s health rapidly deteriorates, and he finds out Henry is poisoning him. Adam is saved by a native named Autua and vows to join the abolitionist movement.

The second narrative is a series of letters from composer Robert Frobisher to his lover Sixsmith. Robert chronicles his life working for famous musician Arys, before deciding to write his own music. He writes the Cloud Atlas Sextet before killing himself.

The third novella is modeled after a political thriller, and follows Luisa Rey as she tries to uncover a conspiracy by Seaboard Incorporated. An atomic engineer named Rufus Sixsmith wrote a report on a faulty atomic generator, and is killed because the company doesn’t want it to get out. Luisa is almost killed several times trying to get her hands on the report. Eventually she does, and the company is exposed.

Next is the story of Timothy Cavendish, an unlucky book publisher who gets sent to a home for the elderly mistakenly thinking it is a hotel. He is trapped in the Aurora House for months before finally escaping with a few other old men and women. He gives directions for his story to be made into a movie.

In the distant future, in Nea So Copros, Sonmi-451 is a fabricant, a clone, being interrogated by the Archiver. She started out working at Papa Songs (future Korean McDonalds). She “ascended” her construct and developed a high level of intelligence, making her a prized commodity. She studies at University and is then taken by the Union, a terrorist organization. After seeing the inhumane slaughter of her fellow fabricants, she agrees to figurehead the Union’s rebellion. She is arrested, tried, and killed.

Lastly, in a post-apocalyptic world Zachary tells his story in the oral tradition. As a child, his father and brother are killed by the Kona. As a teenager, a Prescient woman comes to stay in the Valley, the place of their tribe. Her name is Meronym, and she observes the village life. After his initial mistrust, Zachary and Meronym become friends of sorts. He escorts her to the top of the local mountain where they find remnants of earlier civilization. At the time of trading, Kona attack the Valley. Zachary and Meronym escape, and he helps her get back to her people.

These six individual stories all part in the middle of the narrative, interrupting each other, before going back the way they came. The pattern is this 1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1 and begins and ends with Adam Ewing.

Capitalism

Capitalism and corporatism are present throughout Cloud Atlas. In Adam Ewing’s time, the preacher on the isle makes the natives addicted to tobacco so they are forced to buy from his store. Luisa Rey spends her story fighting Seaboard Incorporated, a company that will stop at nothing to stage an atomic explosion for pure profit. They are willing to kill to protect their secret. Tim is running a publishing company and is obsessed with making money. Sonmi’s age has been wholly taken over by consumerism, even making living fabricants for the cause. By the time Zachary’s story enters the stage, the Fall has already happened, and most of the world is forced back into barbarism.

 

Cycles

This theme is most prevalent through the reincarnation of souls throughout the novellas. The reincarnated soul is marked with a comet-shaped birthmark below their shoulder blade. It is insinuated that the universe follows the same patterns over and over again. When Robert Frobisher commits suicide, he does so believing he will be reincarnated. Humanity rose with capitalism, and then consumed itself and fell again. Even the structure of the book mimics a cycle, starting at the beginning and ending at the beginning.

 

Enslavement

In the earlier times, enslavement takes the familiar form of conquering. In Luisa’s time, there are no slaves by race, but the company treats its member as slaves, blackmailing them to do its will. Sonmi is a slave of the corporations – a living being that exists only to serve a company and the purebloods. They are born, serve, and die never even seeing the outside world. When they die they are recycled to make more fabricants. In Zachary’s time, slavery has taken its most barbaric form again, as shown when the Kona enslave Zachary’s village.

 

Prejudice

During Adam’s journey, he witnesses blacks being treated as subhuman. Initially, he thinks nothing of it, but when Autua saves his life he vows to join the Abolitionist movement. Prejudice survives the ages and is still present in Sonmi’s time, as prejudice against fabricants. Purebloods do not even think of fabricants as human, and they treat them as such. Meronym teaches Zachary not to be prejudiced against someone because of their race or the color of their skin, coming to the same conclusion that Adam does.

 

Scars/Birthmarks

Throughout Cloud Atlas, there are numerous mentions of scars and birthmarks. Robert, Luisa, Sonmi and Meronym all have the comet-shaped birthmark on their left shoulder-blade. However, other characters have scars, as well. Tim has a scar on his back that he can’t see, and Joe has scars from the grenade Luisa’s father saved him from. The scars serve as a reminder, something that persists through the years, or reincarnations, suggesting that wounds never truly heal, no matter how many lifetimes have passed.

 

Dreams and Memories

There are many odd dream sequences throughout the novellas. Arys dreams of Sonmi’s world where all the waitresses are identical, and that is where he bases one of his compositions off of. Robert’s Cloud Atlas Sextet, as well, was based off dreams. When Luisa reads Robert’s letters, she has vivid memories of life in Zedelghem, memories that could not possibly be hers. When she passes the Prophetess, she has a strange dream sensation and her scar throbs. Zachary is haunted by Old Georgie, who tells him information and tempts him. The dreams move back and forward in time and aren’t limited to the linear line of time.

 

Escaping and Running

All six of the main characters are escaping or running from something. Adam from his disease, Robert from debt collectors, Luisa from the company, Tim from mobsters, Sonmi from enslavement, and Zachary from Old Georgie. These characters suggest that humans, no matter the time or place, are always escaping or running from something. That something may be inside them, such as Adam’s parasite, imaginary, such as Old Georgie, or idealistic, such as Sonmi’s wish for freedom. It is just in humanity’s nature to always be escaping limitations.

 

Truth

There is a lot of philosophical talk about truth throughout Cloud Atlas, however, every story seeks the truth. Adam learns the truth of slavery, and of the deceit of Henry. Robert captures his truth in his sextet, and this truth is so complete he kills himself because he has nothing left. Luisa seeks to reveal the truth about the company. Tim tries to convince the owners of Aurora House of the truth that he was put there by accident. Sonmi, as an intellectual, wants to know the truth of the whole world. Zachary wants Meronym to tell him the truth. In every story truth is essential, and never certain.

 

Forms of Writing and Media

Each story is a different type of recording medium. Adam’s is a journal, Robert’s is letters, Luisa’s a novel, Tim’s a movie, Sonmi’s an interrogation, and Zachary’s an oral story. Every story except for Luisa’s is in the first person format, and they all draw from different styles. They also cycle through different technologies: handwriting, mass-produced books, movie, advanced recording, and finally speech. History isn’t recorded in one medium, and the way humans record the world changes from generation to generation.

 

The Number Six

This number is present throughout Cloud Atlas. There are six main characters, Robert’s sextet has six sections, Rufus’ last name is Sixsmith, when Rufus meets Luisa he is 66 years old, Sonmi completes secondary school in 6 months… the list goes on. Symbolically, the number six can stand for balance, harmony and truth. Biblically, the number six stands for evil. The most prominent use of the number six, however, lies in Roberts Cloud Atlas Sextet, which mimics the structure of the novel exactly.

Adam Ewing

Adam is a young notary whose home is San Francisco. He is an English gentleman and detests cruelty and violence. Before Autua saves him, he is tolerant of darker-skinned races, but still believes whites to be inherently superior. He trusts Dr. Henry Goose without reserve, because he is a white Englishman, while he distrusts Autua, the Moriori stowaway in his cabin. In the end, however, Henry betrays him and Autua saves him. He decides to join the Abolitionist movement because he believes that a single action can affect the flow of the future.

 

Doctor Henry Goose

An eccentric Englishman, Henry is a surgeon by trade. He befriends Adam in New South Whales and joins him on the Prophetess. He helps Adam with his mysterious ailment and doesn’t charge for his services. When they talk to Preacher Horrox about his hierarchy of races, Henry says he believes that the white man ended up on top because of advanced weaponry and love of material objects. However, his character is revealed to be false when he poisons Adam, almost killing him.

 

Autua

An escaped Moriori slave. He first sees Adam when he is being punished for trying to escape and makes direct eye contact with him. When he stows away on the ship, he gets Adam to convince the captain to let him stay and work. Autua doesn’t believe in prejudice or slavery, and even though Adam is white they become friends. When Adam becomes sick, Autua saves his life and takes him to an infirmary to nurse him back to health.

 

Robert Frobisher

A young Englishman in his early twenties. He travels to Belgium, to the house of Vyvyan Arys to become his apprentice. He writes to his friend Sixsmith frequently, and it is later revealed that Sixsmith and he were lovers. He is a composer with exceptional musical talent, and during his stay with Arys he begins developing his own music. He falls in love with Arys’s daughter, who turns him down. Robert has a comet-shaped birthmark on his shoulderblade. After breaking off his apprenticeship with Arys, he rents a hotel room and writes the Cloud Atlas Sextet. It is his final masterpiece, and he believes he will accomplish nothing greater in life so he commits suicide knowing he will be reincarnated.

 

Vyvyan Arys

A famous musician who accepts Robert Frobisher under his tutelage. An old man, and sickly, his entire life has been devoted to music. Having Robert around keeps him animated and active  working on his music. He comes to Robert with a tune he remembered in a dream. The dream took place in a frightening cafe, where all the waitresses had the same face. Eventually, he begins plagiarizing off of Robert’s work, and so Robert leaves.

 

Luisa Rey

A young woman who writes for a gossip magazine. Her real aim, however, is to follow in her father’s footsteps to become an investigative journalist. She meets Rufus Sixsmith in an elevator and begins investigating the Seaboard Corporation. Soon, Seaboard sees her as a threat and sends an assassin to kill her. She is willing to risk her life to bring the truth of the company’s conspiracy out into the open. In the end, she accomplishes her goal. Luisa has a comet-shaped scar on her shoulder-blade.

 

Rufus Sixsmith

The same Sixsmith in Robert’s letters; Robert was Rufus’s only love. He is an old man of 66 when he meets Luisa and feels an immediate connection to her. He wrote a report detailing the dangers of the atomic reactor Seaboard wants to activate. Seaboard tried to buy him off not to tell anyone the truth, but he decided to run instead. He planned on taking down Seaboard from a safe location, but was assassinated before he got there.

 

Joe Napier

Works for Seaboard Incorporated, but doesn’t want Luisa Rey to get involved. Luisa’s father saved Joe’s life from a grenade, losing his own eye in the process, and Joe still has scars to prove it. He tries to save Luisa by warning her about the assassin, but Luisa doesn’t heed his advice. Joe is retired early, and instead of going quietly to his log cabin, decides to help save Luisa. His final act is to shoot her would-be assassin.

 

Tim Cavendish

Owns a small book-publishing company that produced a big seller. Tim owed people money, an when his book became a hit they came calling. Turning to his brother for help, Tim goes to Aurora House to stay safe while his brother deals with the debt collectors. Turns out Aurora House is a home for the elderly, and they won’t let him go back home, instead giving him poison to keep him there. Eventually he makes it out and wants his story to be turned into a movie.

 

Sonmi-451

A fabricant that began her life working at a fast food restaurant. She has a comet-shaped scar on her shoulder-blade. She ascended her fellow fabricants, gaining intelligence at an extremely fast pace. She is taken to University where she is studied for her genius. She ends up going with Hae-Joo Im outside Nea So Copros and seeing the devastation capitalism caused to the outside world. She agrees to be the figurehead of the revolution and writes a declaration. She is arrested, interrogated and killed. She knew the whole thing was a plot, but did it anyway so her Declaration would reach millions.

 

Archiver

The pureblood who interrogates Sonmi. He seems interested by her and engrossed in her story. As they continue talking he becomes more and more personal with her. When Sonmi reveals the fate of the fabricants, to be killed and their parts reused, he is genuinely shocked and upset. He tells Sonmi that it cannot possibly be true. At the end of Sonmi’s story, he offers to do any favor she asks.

 

Hae-Joo Im

Gets to know Sonmi disguised as a postgrad student. When the enforcers break in, he reveals himself to be a member of the Union. He takes Sonmi with him, making sure she is safe inside and outside the city. Hae-Joo is the one who shows Sonmi the fabricants who are killed, and has sex with her afterward. He may or may not have  real feelings for her. Since Sonmi figures out the Union is staged by Nea So Copros, he was working for the corporations all along.

 

Zachary

A young goat-herder from the Valley. His father and brother are killed by Kona when he is a boy, and he blames himself for being cowardly. He is haunted by Old Georgie, the devil in their mythology. When Meronym comes to stay with his family, he is suspicious of her, but Meronym proves her worth and they soon form a close bond. He takes her to the mountain, and Old Georgie almost tricks him into killing her. Instead, he saves her life and takes her back to her people.

 

Old Georgie

The mythical devil of the Valleymen. He appears sporadically throughout the novella, and is said to steal souls. He is the equivalent of the devil or trickster in other religions and belief systems. It is believed that if he takes hold of a soul, then that soul will not be able to reincarnate. Old Georgie tries to prey on Zachary’s fears of Meronym’s foreign knowledge, and get him to kill her. Zachary realizes what Old Georgie is doing and banishes him instead.

The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing

 

Thursday, 7th November: Adam is walking beyond the Indian hamlet when he comes across a set of footprints. He follows them to the shore, where he sees a man sifting through the sand is if searching for something. The man’s name is Dr. Henry Goose. Adam offers Dr. Goose assistance. The man reveals he is collecting teeth spit out by the cannibals who used to live in the area. He plans on using these teeth to get petty revenge on a Marchioness who made fun of him. Adam quickly leaves the doctor alone.

Friday, 8th November: Adam is waiting for his ship, the Prophetess, to be ready for departure. He becomes friends with Henry Goose, who he misjudged. They spend their free time swapping stories and playing chess.

Saturday, 9th November: In the morning, Adam and Dr. Goose set out toward the beach. On their way, they pass through a village where a flogging is happening. They stop to watch, and the prisoner makes direct eye contact with Adam. Adam inquires about the reason for his punishment but doesn’t get an answer.

Sunday, 10th November: The tavern in which Adam and Henry Goose are staying has been overrun with sailors taking advantage of slave women. Disgusted, Adam and Henry quickly leave. Adam realizes he has forgotten his journal and goes back to retrieve it. He finds a Dutchman having sex with a black slave girl in his bed. He grabs the journal and leaves, finding the innkeeper to issue a complaint. The innkeeper merely offers him a discount, and everyone makes generally crude remarks. Adam leaves and finds Henry, and then they continue on to church where a basic service is being held. They are invited to dinner by the Evans, a local church-going family who live on a farmstead. During the meal, Adam and Henry tell stories to the family.

Monday, 11th November: At breakfast, Mr. Evans asks Dr. Goose to tend to a friend. A history of the indigenous people, the Moriori, is given. Originally hunter-gatherers, they are taken over during the colonization period, massacred by another tribe.

Night: Adam believes that the savages should be civilized rather than exterminated. Henry believes eliminating them is an act of mercy.

Tuesday, 12th November: The captain comes to the tavern to haggle over the price of salt. He talks to Henry in confidence, and Adam is wary.

Later: The captain is ill and wants Dr. Goose to accompany them to London. Adam wants Henry to travel with them.

Wednesday, 13th November: Adam goes hiking in the hills. He reaches a crater and is startled by a native Maori warrior. At the edge of the crater, Adam realizes he is not on solid ground but rather a crumbling overhang. He falls, passes out, and wakes up on a bed of moss. There are ancient tree sculptures surrounding him. Adam crawls out of the crater and rushes back to civilization.

Evening: It is late before Henry returns, and Adam asks his opinion on tropical parasites.

Thursday, 14th November: Aboard the Prophetess, about to set sail. Henry has accepted the role of ship’s doctor.

Friday, 15th November:  Adam and Henry make themselves at home in their cabin.

Afternoon: One of the sailors asks Adam for information about gold in the new world, and Adam agrees to get him a map to Eldorados. They are caught by the captain and reprimanded.

Satruday, 16th November: Adam is pressured into helping an Indian stowaway hiding in his cabin. While brainstorming how to get the captain to let the native stay on board, a man falls from the rigging above to his death. Adam buys some food for his stowaway. Turns out, it is the same man who was being flogged and his name is Autua. He was punished for escaping his slaver. The next morning Adam goes to the captain. The captain tests Autua’s sailing skills, and he is allowed to work for his passage.

Wednesday, 20th November: Adam is afflicted by a parasite. If he is not treated, he will die. Henry agrees to help him recover.

Saturday, 30th November: The treatment is working.

Monday, 2nd December: Adam spends his voyage recovering. Autua thanks him for helping him stay on board, but Henry warns Adam not to get attached.

Saturday, 7th December: The whites of Adam’s eyes are turning a shade of yellow.

Sunday, 8th December: Henry and Adam conduct a short bible reading in honor of the Sabbath. The journal ends abruptly, midsentence.

29th, VI, 1931: Robert Frobisher writes to Sixsmith about a strange dream. He is in a shop full of porcelain and he keeps breaking the statues. When he awakes, collectors are knocking on his door. He escapes the room. Robert is broke, so he decides to travel to Belgium in search of his admired musical genius Vyvyan Ayrs and ends up at Zeldelghem, Ayrs’s Chateau. He asks Ayrs if he can be his protégé. Arys agrees to let him stay the night at the Chateau and to give him a chance in the morning.

6th, VII, 1931: It seems Robert is in some serious debt, and he owes his collectors. They are hounding his family for money, and searching for him. The audition with Ayrs was held two days ago, and Robert performed, in his mind, terribly. The next day, Ayrs gives Robert his first assignment. He fails miserably and laments ever coming to Zedleghem. Since he used the last of his money getting to Belgium, he asks Sixsmith for a loan.

14th, VII, 1931: Sixsmith sent Robert a loan. After failing his first assignment the previous day, he became sullen and wandered around town. When he arrived back at the chateau, Ayrs apologizes for being hard on him and asks for another chance. Robert agrees to stay on. They develop a work routine and become friends. One day in the library, Robert happens upon the journal of Adam Ewing. He is curious about the nature of the journal and speculates that it might be a fake. The journal is incomplete, and Robert searches everywhere for the rest of it. He asks Sixsmith for help identifying the strange journal.

28th, VII, 1931: Robert and Ayrs complete their first collaboration, and a conductor friend of Ayrs, Augustowski, wants to showcase it. Robert is now on excellent terms with everyone at the estate. They give him a bigger bedroom, and Robert swears Mrs. Crommelynck, Arys’s wife, is flirting with him.

16th, VIII, 1931: Robert is having an affair with Ayrs’s wife. News arrives of the success of Robert and Ayrs’s composition. Eva, Ayrs’s daughter, is becoming suspicious about Robert’s background, and wonders why he has no contact with his family. He tells Sixsmith that he will meet Otto Jansch, a dealer, in town to sell him some of Ayrs’s books.

Evening 16th, VIII, 1931: Sixsmith’s forged letter from a member of Robert’s family arrives, and everyone buys it. On the way into town, Robert worries that the valet knows about his affair with Jocasta. Robert meets with Jansch, sells him some of Ayrs’s books, and Jansch propositions him for sex, which he accepts. He kills time afterward by wandering around town, where he spies Eva in the company of a married man. It turns out the man is the head of the family with Eva’s boarding school, and Robert apologizes for his assumptions.

29th, VIII, 1931: Robert and Jocasta are interrupted during their affair by Ayrs, who wants Robert to pen a melody for him. Robert has no choice but to open the door and let him in. Robert dismisses the servant and begins his work with Ayrs, with Jocasta still in hiding. The melody is hypnotizing, and Ayrs reveals that he heard it in a dream, in a cafe, where the waitresses’ faces were all the same. Arys asks Robert if he is having an affair, and Robert denies it.

14th, IX, 1931: Ayrs receives a visit from English composer Edward Elgar. They talk into the night.

Three days later: Ayrs has plans for a final masterpiece involving his “dream music”. He asks Robert to stay on for another half year, and Robert says he will think about it.

28th, IX, 1931: Robert is becoming annoyed with Jocasta, as she is becoming obvious about the affair. Robert agreed to Arys’s proposal to keep Jocasta quiet.

Later, same day: Fall is transitioning to winter.

Half Lives, The First Luisa Rey Mystery

 

  1. Rufus Sixsmith is leaning over the balcony of his hotel room, pondering his death. Back inside, the door slams and Rufus starts, thinking it is a gunshot.
  2. Luisa Rey hears a clunk from the neighboring balcony. There is a party inside, and she doesn’t want to go back in.
  3. Luisa grabs an elevator with Sixsmith. They don’t know each other. There is a power outage and the elevator stops.
  4. An hour later, Luisa and Rufus are talking. Luisa’s dad was a journalist, but he died. Luisa wanted to become a journalist, but ended up a gossip writer.
  5. They continue talking, this time about Hitchcock and thrillers.
  6. Rufus shows Luisa a picture of his niece, Megan. Rufus is a scientist, with no wife or kids. Just as Rufus is about to tell Luisa his secrets, the elevator starts back up.
  7. A young boy, Javier Gomez, is leafing through a book. Luisa comes in and reprimands him for sneaking in. Luisa tells him that he can sleep on the sofa
  8. The Monday morning meeting is going on at Spyglass magazine. Luisa wants to do a story on Seaboard Incorporated’s plan to set off an atomic bomb.
  9. Luisa drives to the island where Seaboard is. She is greeted by a woman named Fay Li who welcomes her to Seaboard.
  10. Joe Napier is watching several security televisions overlooking various parts of the party. Listening to the scientist’s talk, he hints that something unpleasant is going to happen and that only Rufus Sixsmith got away.
  11. Alberto Grimaldi is giving a speech, saying that safe atomic energy is now a reality. He introduces Lloyd Hooks, and they exchange insults while shaking hands for the press. Lloyd is out to get Seaboard.
  12. Luisa slips out into the hallway, looking for Sixsmith. When she finds his office, a young man, Isaac, is going through Sixsmith’s things. Fay comes in and tells Luisa she can’t be wandering around.
  13. On the main island, Rufus is trying to call Megan. Rufus reveals Seaboard’s cover up on the faulty atomic reactor. He worked for them, and now they’re trying to keep him quiet. They trace his call, and he gets a warning to leave immediately.
  14. Luisa’s boss tells her the article on Seaboard isn’t going to run.
  15. Rufus is at the airport, and he sends an envelope to Luisa. The soonest he can travel to England is tomorrow.
  16. Luisa is working at her apartment, her mother calls, and it goes to voicemail.
  17. Sixsmith is reading old letters from Robert Frobisher. He thinks someone is watching him.
  18. Bill Smoke, assassin, enters Rufus’s hotel room and shoots him.
  19. Luisa reads about Sixsmith’s “suicide” in the newspaper, and doesn’t believe he killed himself.
  20. Luisa goes to the hotel, pretending to be Megan. She gets the letters from Robert.
  21. Luisa convinces her manager to do a story on Sixsmith’s murder.
  22. Luisa orders a copy of Robert Frobisher’s Cloud Atlas Sextet.
  23. Bill Smoke drives by Luisa’s apartments. Luisa is convinced Robert’s letters have unlocked memories in her mind.
  24. Hal Brodie, Luisia’s ex, is cleaning his stuff out of her apartment. Luisa has a birthmark identical to Robert’s and keeps having memories of Zedelghem chateau.
  25. Luisa travels to a protest against Seaboard, and meets a woman called Hester Van Zandt.
  26. Hester knew Rufus and doesn’t believe the suicide story.
  27. Security brief at Seaboard. Gramaldi orders Luisa killed if she becomes a threat. They invited her to a party.
  28. Isaac Sachs, Seaboard engineer, is at the party. He leaves when he recognizes Luisa. He is being threatened by Seaboard to keep quiet.
  29. Gromaldi is at the party. He notices Luisa.
  30. Luisa acts the part of ditzy reporter. She talks to Fay, who pulls Isaac into the conversation.
  31. Luisa and Isaac end up talking. Isaac admits Rufus wrote a report, and all the scientists were ordered to keep quiet.
  32. Next morning, Isaac was supposed to meet Luisa for breakfast. Joe Napier tells her he’s out of town.
  33. Napier shows Luisa around Seaboard. He knew Luisa’s father, and is upset she is caught up in all this.
  34. Fay is searching Luisa’s room for the report. She doesn’t find it.
  35. Fay and Luisa have dinner. Fay offers Luisa information about the report. Luisa takes the offer, sensing a trap.
  36. In the middle of the night, Isaac calls Luisa. He’s left something in her car.
  37. Napier overhears their conversation. Bill Smoke is on his way to assassinate Luisa.
  38. Luisa heads out to her car, the report is there. Napier tries to stop her, but she drives away.
  39. As Luisa is driving over the bridge, Bill’s truck sends her car into the ocean.

The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish

 

Tim Cavendish is an older man setting down his story in writing. He begins by rambling about a time he was mugged by a gaggle of prepubescent girls, then gets to the story he wants to tell.

He was Dermot “Duster” Hoggins’s editor. Before Hoggins was a big hit, they went to a rooftop party. At the party, Hoggin’s flying-kicks a book reviewer who gave him a negative review off the roof, becoming overnight Britain’s most famous murderer. Hoggins was locked up, but his books began selling.

Tim’s publishing house became so successful, he was visited late one night by 3 money collectors who wanted 50 thousand pounds. He doesn’t have enough money and begins asking everyone he knows.

At the office, he receives an envelope with a copy of Half Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery. Dismissing it as junk, he calls his brother, Denholme. Denholme doesn’t have enough money for him, but tells him that he can find him a safe place to stay called the Aurora House up north.

The next day Tim goes to the train station. He can’t buy a ticket from the machine and waits in line. The teller won’t sell him a ticket because he’s in the wrong line, and Tim becomes enraged. Eventually he gets on a train headed out of London. Bored, he leafs through the Luisa Rey manuscript.

The train makes an unscheduled stop at Little Chesterfield. He has visited this town 40 years ago, with a woman named Ursula. Tim goes to her house; she is a grandmother now.

Eventually the train gets back on, and he is forced to ride coach. They enter the outskirts of Cambridge, and Tim becomes nostalgic. There is another delay, and Tim gets off to find some food. A Rastafarian man asks him for a light and offers him a puff of his cigar. The cigar causes extreme hallucination, and eventually Tim wakes up at a stop called Hull.

He hails a cab and asks to be taken to Aurora House. Once there, Tim is greeted by the receptionist. She has him sign a sign-in sheet and shows him to his room.

In the morning, an older woman is going through his things. Tim yells at her, calling her a thief, but the woman just takes away his lighter and keys and tells him breakfast is at 8.

When he gets to the breakfast room, he knows something is wrong; no one is younger than 70. His brother had him sent to an elderly home. The receptionist won’t let him leave because he signed the papers. When he tries to get out he is forcefully taken back inside by the gardener. Tim bites the gardener’s ear and is beaten. The nurse sends him to his room without breakfast.

After a few hours, two elderly people walk in, introducing themselves as the resident committee. They warn him to control his behavior or he will be medicated.

After the talk, Tim goes down to lunch. He addresses his younger self, warning him of his own fate. As he is plotting ways to gain power in the system and escape, he has an intense pain in his head.

An Orison on Sonmi-451

 

ISonmi-451 is a fabricant, a clone. She is being interrogated by a young Archiver, who asks her to describe her story.

Sonmi’s earliest memories began in Papa Song, a future version of McDonald’s. She was a server fabricant, and she spent all day working in the fast food restaurant. Server fabricants have limited intelligence and live only in the restaurant.

One of Sonmi-451’s fellow fabricants, named Yoona-959, begins to develop intelligence. Her Ascension causes her to develop complex speech patterns, a thirst for knowledge, and a wish to escape the restaurant.

One night, Yoona-959 wakes Sonmi up and takes her out of the dorm. Their seer, Rhee, is passed out in his office overdosed on Soap, a drug given to fabricants to erase their memory and personalities. Yoona takes Seer Rhee’s keys and opens up a secret supply closet full of Pureblood artifacts. Pictures, jewelry, and books of fairytales. They begin to imagine the world outside full of castles and dragons.

Yoona tells Sonmi that she wants to escape, but Sonmi tells her not to. Yoona becomes chronically depressed and stops speaking to anyone. One day, in the middle of work, Yoona takes a young child to the elevator and goes up. Chaos ensues, and when the elevator comes down Yoona has been shot to death.

The world panics, and becomes frightened of all fabricants. The head of Papa Song’s blames Yoona’s erratic behavior on terrorists.

Yoona is replaced by another clone, and medical examinations are done of all the fabricants. The only thing unusual about Sonmi-451 is the comet-shaped birthmark on her back.

Sonmi begins her ascension, and, over the weeks, her language and curiosity develops intensely. One night, Seer Rhee fatally overdoses on Soap. All Sonmi’s sisters are asleep, but she can’t contain her curiosity. She gets up, and when she goes into the restaurant a chauffeur named Chang is waiting for her. He says she must come with him and takes her up the elevator into the outside world. Sonmi-451 has never seen the real sky or sun before.

They get into a car, and Sonmi is taken into University. Chang escorts her to the quarters of postgrad Boom-Sook Kim. When Boom-Sook comes in, he complains that they dropped her off early and leaves her alone for three days while he parties.

The first morning alone, Sonmi is woken up by Wing-027, a disaster fabricant. The mysterious scarred fabricant gives her new clothes and a laptop. He tells Sonmi that she is Boom-Sook’s case study.

Sonmi learns how to read, and within 6 months has finished secondary school. She finds out that Wing-027 was killed in a careless lab experiment by his postgrad. Boom-Sook laughs about Wing’s death, and Sonmi is furious.

Over summer recess, Sonmi is left alone. She hides for 50 days in the lab, studying. Boom-Sook comes back in Autumn. One night, Boom-Sook and a couple of his friends get drunk. They begin shooting fruit off of Sonmi’s head with a crossbow. They are interrupted by Boardman Mephi, who stops them and tends to Sonmi’s wounds.

Boardman escorts Sonmi to her new, luxurious quarters and explains that he found her because of her book downloads from the University servers. Sonmi is the first fabricant to complete a stable ascension, and she is a genius. She is given a soul collar, becomes a student, and is tested on.

After months of testing, Sonmi’s curiosity begins dying. Boardman assigns postgrad Hae-Joo Im to take her into the outside world. He takes her many places, and even disguises her and takes her back to Papa Song’s. She feels extreme pity for the fabricants she used to work with, and realizes that they are slaves.

Hae-Joo Im shows Sonmi a movie titled The Ghastly Ordeal of Timonthy Cavendish. Sonmi is thoroughly engrossed. In the middle of the movie, news arrives that enforcers have stormed the University, arrested the Boardman, and have orders to kill Sonmi-451.

Hae-Joo reveals that he is not a postgrad student at all.

Sloosha’s Crossin’ An’ Ev’rythin’ After

 

Zachary, a young boy, is traveling with his Pa and Adam. They camp by Sloosha’s Crossin’, and Zachary runs into Old Georgie in the woods. Old Georgie taunts the boy and turns into a bird. When Zachary chases the bird, it leads him to a camp full of Kona savages. The Kona get on their horses, and Zachary runs back towards camp. He trips and falls, and the Kona lose sight of him. They find his family’s camp, kill the father and enslaves the brother while he hides.

Zachary goes back to his village and tells them what happened, minus the hiding. He is a goat-herder of the Valley. He falls in love with a young girl named Jayjo, who becomes pregnant and has a miscarriage.

The god of the Valleysmen is named Sonmi. The villagers pray to her to heal their sick. When the Valleysmen die, their words are carved on icons and placed in the icon’ry. When he turned 14, Zachary spent the night in the icon’ry and became a man in the eyes of his tribe. Abbess, the village elder, tell him that Old Georgie wants his soul.

Once or twice a year in the village the Ship of the Prescients comes to trade. One year a Prescient woman named Meronym comes to live with Zachary’s family. She brings gifts to give away and makes observations about daily life in her journal. Zachary doesn’t trust her.

One day Meronym comes with him to herd goats, and Zachary’s girlfriend becomes jealous and breaks up with him. Zachary blames Meronym and vows to discover her secrets.

Meronym goes to the icon’ry with a Valleyman called Napes, and Zach follows them. Napes tells Meronym the story of his great-grandfather’s encounter with Old Georgie.  When Napes leaves Meronym startles Zachary by calling out to him. Zachary accuses her of entering sacred grounds.

Back at the house, Zachary looks through Meronym’s things. He find an egg-shaped object, and it reveals a hologram of a girl. A man is asking her questions, and she is answering. Suddenly the hologram changes to a prescient man, who threatens Zach to never tell anyone about the egg. Throughout the next few, weeks, images of the hologram girl haunt Zachary.

When Zachary’s sister gets sick, he begs Meronym for medicine. She gives it to him, and he stops suspecting her.

Meronym wants to climb Mauna Kea, the mountain where Old Georgie is rumored to haunt. Zach goes with her as payment for his sister’s life. On the road, Meronym tells Zachary about the outside world and how all the cities are dead, killed by humanity’s greed for more stuff.

They reach the gate of the summit and climb over. Inside, there are many buildings filled with scientific equipment. In an observatory, Zachary asks Meronym who the girl in the hologram was. Meronym tells her it was Sonmi. She was human, and killed by people who feared her.

Zachary begins to hear voices telling him not to believe Meronym. They enter a building which houses a generator, and there is a body preserved inside. The body tells Zachary to kill Meronym before she brings ruin on the whole village with her intelligence.

Back outside, Zachary tries to kill Meronym and misses. Time stops, and Old Georgie appears. Zachary realizes he’s trying to kill the wrong person and goes after Old Georgie instead. He gets Meronym back to the village safely.

Eventually it is time for Meronym to go back to her ship. The villagers pack goods to trade and Meronym goes with them.

At the trading grounds, the Kona attack. Zachary is captured. When he wakes up, he is piled in a cart with other prisoners. The Kona are talking about raiding the Valley. The Kona pull the slaves out and tell them that they will be killed if they don’t obey.

That night Meronym, disguised as a Kona general, kills the warriors and rescues Zachary. In the morning, Meronym is speaking to her president through the egg. Duophysite asks Zachary to take Meronym to Ikat’s Finger. Meronym’s ship hasn’t been responding to transmissions.

On the way to Ikat’s Finger, Zachary sees his people enslaved by the Kona. They have emptied the village. Zachary kills the remaining sentinel, and they flee the town.

They spend the night in a cave, discussing the difference between savages and civilized. Zachary notices a peculiar birthmark below Meronym’s shoulder.

The next day, they are stopped by a platoon of Kona soldiers. Meronym, still wearing her stolen armor, pretends to be a general, giving them time to escape.  They come to a bridge, and Zachary tells Meronym that Sonmi doesn’t want them to cross. They go underneath instead, and the bridge buckles under the weight of the Kona horsemen.

Meronym and Zachary reach the meeting place, and Meronym leaves with Duophysite.

An Orison of Sonmi-451

 

Sonmi guesses that Hae-Joo Im is actually a Union member and decides to trust him anyway. They flee the University and discard their souls before getting into the car.

They are being chased; there is the feeling of vertigo and then they crash. Sonmi is pulled out by Hae-Joo, and he goes down a manhole. Sonmi follows, and there is another car waiting on the level below. Now that they are inconspicuous, they enter normal traffic. They are headed to Huamdonggil, a shanty town full of unfortunate purebloods.

Once in Huamdonggil, they enter the residence of Ma Arak Na, who Hae-Joo simply calls The Madam. Madam takes them into a parlor, where a 3-D is put on, and a carp comes into focus. The carp introduces himself as An-Kor Apis of Union and apologizes for the disguise. He orders Commander Im to take Sonmi out of Seoul.

An implanter comes in and removes Sonmi’s collar, giving her a real soul. Her new name is Yun-An Yoo. The next stop is Madam Ovid, a facescaper who makes it so that Sonmi can pass for a pureblood.

On the way out of the city, they are stopped by guards but play stupid. Once outside the city, they drive to a genomics unit housing unborn fabricants. Sonmi asks why the Union went through so much trouble to find her. Hae-Joo explains that Nea So Copros is slowly killing itself with capitalism, and since fabricants are the perfect organic machinery, Nea So Copros did not slide back into barbarism with the rest of the world. The Union wants to use Sonmi as a figurehead for the revolution, and their plan is to make all the fabricants in the city ascend at the same time.

Eventually they come to a mountainside colony made up of purebloods who live off the land. The Abbess is the oldest; she believes in Siddharta and reincarnation. Sonmi notices that the colonists seem happy compared to the city dwellers.

The next day they continue their journey. On a bridge, they run into an expensive-looking car. A man and a woman step out, and the man throws a living fabricant doll off the edge.

At nightfall, they reach Pusan. Hae-Joo has a room in the city. He leaves to attend a Union meeting and leaves Sonmi in the apartment. When he gets back, he shows her the ocean out the window.

General Apis wants Sonmi to see something before she makes her decision about whether or not to become a figurehead for the revolution. Hae-Joo takes Sonmi aboard Papa Song’s ship, the Golden Ark, where twelve-starred fabricants are promised a lifetime of happiness for their hard service. Inside, there are hundreds of server fabricants lined up, excited about their new life. They go through into a room where they are killed, and then taken to be butchered and reused in other fabricants as well as the production of Soap.

The Archivist is shocked at what Sonmi is describing, and downright denies it.

After the horrific scene, Sonmi agrees to join the revolution. She spends the next 3 weeks writing the Declaration. After the text was completed, she knew she would be arrested. She knew the whole thing had been a script. The Union provides Nea So Copros with the perfect enemy to keep social cohesion. They have made every pureblood fear fabricants. Sonmi went along with it because she knew her declarations would be heard throughout Nea So Copros.

Sonmi’s story is now finished. She asks for one last request from the Archiver, his laptop. She wants to finish watching The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish.

The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish

 

November 5th Timothy wakes up in a hospital, before being given drugs to fall back asleep.

November 6th he wakes up again, unable to remember his own name.

November 7th the doctor informs him that he’s had a stroke. He remembers his name, but the rest of his identity remains fuzzy. Because of the stroke, he has trouble speaking, moving, and cannot go to the bathroom by himself.

One day he suddenly remembers everything. He stays in the hospital for over a month.

All he can do once he gets out is read to pass the time. He begins editing Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery. Tim is frustrated by the lack of ending and wishes for the second volume. He finds Aurora’s library, but it is sparse.

Once afternoon get goes outside and begins poking around the bushes, looking for gaps in the wall. He finds none. He does, however, find the boiler room. Inside sit Ernest Blacksmith, Veronica Castello, and Mr. Meeks. Ernie gives Timothy some Irish Malt, and they become friends. They spend their time complaining about being elderly, Nurse Noakes, and wanting to escape. Timothy begins visiting the boiler room every day.

December 15th Timothy sneaks out of his room in the middle of the night and finds a phone available. He calls his brother’s house and his sister-in-law answers. Denny has been dead for weeks, and there is no one to get him out of Aurora House. In the middle of the conversation, he is found out by Nurse Roakes and made an example of for the other patients.

The next day, Ernie reveals that the nurse spiked his food on purpose in order to give him a stroke. Tim doesn’t want to believe it, and an argument breaks out. That night, he dreams that the second volume of Half-Lives is above his bed.

On Christmas Eve, he approaches a resident with a postcard to send to his sister-in-law. The resident says he’ll send it out. The next morning Tim finds a misshapen sock above his mantle. He thinks Ernie put it there, but all that is inside is his ripped up postcard.

Tim goes to the boiler room to apologize to Ernie, who has a plan to get them all out.

December 28th is D-Day, the day they’re all going to escape.

First, Tim calls Mrs. Hotchkiss’s son and tells John that his mother is dying and talking about family jewels. John says he’ll be at Aurora in half an hour.

After the call, Ernie goes to Nurse Noakes and tells her that Timothy is dead. Timothy waits in a nearby room, and when Nurse Noakes goes in to check on him, he locks her in his room. Ernie nails the door shut.

In the reception room, John Hotchkiss is demanding to be let in the gate. Veronica presses the button to let him in, and the three of them go outside. John and his wife hurry out of the car, and Tim, Ernie and Veronica highjack it. They find the keys and begin driving around. The caretaker is chasing after them. The only way out is through the closed gate, and they ram into it, forcing it open.

Once on the road, they find Mr. Meeks in the car with them. They stop at a pub, several miles out, and order a round of drinks. Tim realizes he left the map in his room with Nurse Noakes, with their route marked in.

Mr. Withers and John show up at the pub, but they provoke the local pub-goers and get beaten up in a good, old-fashioned brawl. The four elderlies escape unnoticed.

At the end of the road, Timothy parts ways with the others and calls Mrs. Latham. She has taken care of all the financials since he’s been gone. His publishing company has been sold, but his debts are paid and he has money. He plans on hiring a ghostwriter to turn his story into a movie.

Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery

 

  1. Water is getting inside Luisa’s car. She unbuckles herself and gets out the window, before realizing the report is still inside. She goes back in to get it, but is running out of air.
  2. Isaac Sachs gets the feeling he will never see Luisa again. Isaac writes in his notebook about history and truth; a theory of history as a series of shells nested in shells. He admits he has fallen for Luisa right before the jet he is on explodes.
  3. Bill Smoke reports to Lloyd Hooks that Alberto, Isaac and Luisa have all been taken care of.
  4. Hester Van Zandt is watching divers at the river. Back at her trailer, Milton is watching Luisa. She is going to go into hiding to avoid any more assassination attempts. Milton offers to drive her to Buenas Yerbas.
  5. Milton calls Napier and offers him Luisa’s location for money.
  6. When Luisa opens the door to her apartment, Javier is there and says her Uncle Joe is here to see her. Napier tries to convince Luisa he doesn’t want to hurt her.
  7. Napier was a cop in 1945, and Luisa’s father saved him from a grenade, losing his own eye in the process. Napier came here to warn her, to tell her about Bill, but Luisa ignores his warning.
  8. Javier and Luisa walk downstairs. Javi asks if it is possible to change the future.
  9. Bill Smoke is attending a fundraiser hosted by Judith Rey, Luisa’s mother. Luisa enters the room.
  10. Luisa is eating dinner and scares away some possible suitors.
  11. Bill Smoke introduces himself to Luisa’s mother. Luisa is intensely watching news of the Jet explosion that killed Isaac and Alberto.
  12. Back at the magazine, Spyglass is being sold.
  13. Fay Li makes a visit to Joe’s office. They tell him that he is being let go early.
  14. At the music store, Luisa hears an intensely familiar melody, but she cannot place it. It is actually the Cloud Atlas Sextet.
  15. K.P. Ogilvy fires Luisa. Luisa asks if the company buying Spyglass also works with Seaboard. He averts her question.
  16. Joe is driving out to his log cabin. He tries to relax, but dreams about Bill Smoke killing Margo.
  17. Luisa spent the night at her Mother’s. In the morning, she is reading news about Seaboard’s new CEO, Lloyd Hooks.
  18. Luisa goes to her regular diner, only to find her old boss there. He was blackmailed by Seaboard to let them fire Luisa, and gives her some of his contacts to help with her investigation.
  19. Luisa packs up her office, and, in her mail, she finds the envelope Robert sent before he died. Inside is a safe deposit key.
  20. Robert writes that he left a copy of the report in the safe. Luisa drives to the bank.
  21. Fay Li and three armed men are waiting inside the saferoom for Luisa to arrive. They grab her and take the key. Li orders Luisa killed, and reveals she is working for a client who wants to take down Seaboard. When Luisa is taken out, Li opens the box and grabs the report, triggering a bomb.
  22. Luisa is knocked over from the blast. She is picked up by a fireman who takes her towards a black chevy.
  23. Joe Napier hits the “fireman” over the head with a bat. Joe and Luisa walk towards the crowd to get away from Bill Smoke’s men. They enter a warehouse.
  24. Bill Smoke and his men follow them.
  25. Joe and Luisa run through the warehouse while being shot at. They find an emergency exit. Joe shoots it open, and inside is a sweatshop. Inside, one of the men threatens to shoot them, when a Mexican worker hits him over the head with a wrench. Luisa and Joe are unhurt.
  26. On the subway, Joe and Luisa regroup. Joe says he has someone flying in.
  27. Megan Sixsmith is sitting at a museum. Luisa sits down beside her. Luisa tells Megan Robert was murdered. Megan tells Luisa that he may have left a copy of his report on his yacht.
  28. On the way to the Starfish, Joe and Luisa pass the restored Prophetess. Luisa is strangely drawn to the ship, and her birthmark throbs. Aboard the yacht, they find a copy of the report. Bill Smokes appears and shoots Joe.
  29. Joe manages to shoot Bill before he dies.
  30. Margo wakes up in the hospital.
  31. The story is out, and Lloyd Hooks is on the run. Luisa reads the newspaper, a postcard from Javier and opens a package from Megan containing Robert’s final letters to Rufus Sixsmith.

Letters from Zedelghem

 

10th, X, 1931: Arys is sick with syphilis, and cannot work on music with Robert. Robert begins working on his own music.

One morning, Robert takes a drive with Morty Dhondt. They go to a village called Zonnebeke, where Robert’s brother, Adrian, is possibly buried. Adrian died in the war. He can’t find the grave and leaves flowers on a random soldier’s plot. On their way back, a pheasant hits their windshield. Robert puts it out of its misery with a rock. At the next village, they come to, Morty takes his car to a shop. Robert talks to an M.D. about human nature and war. The M.D. predicts that humans will wipe themselves out before the century is up.

21st, X, 1931: Arys recovered from his sickness, and will be able to work again soon. Robert is becoming obsessed with his new sextet.

Next day: Arys tries to copy Robert’s work and claim it isn’t plagiarism. They get into an argument, and Robert walks out.

Some days later: Jocasta begs Robert to stay. Eva gets home from Switzerland, and Robert goes to dinner with her at her boarding house. One of the daughters of the house sets her sights on marrying Robert. After dinner, the party goes on a walk. They visit the old clock tower. Eva admits she has fallen in love with a foreigner, and Robert is shocked because he thought she hated him.

24th, X, 1931: Robert reprimands Sixsmith for not writing him back. He rants about being stuck in Belgium.

29th, X, 1931: Robert dreams of Eva, thinks he has fallen for her.

6th, XI, 1931: Arys asks Robert to write a composition for him without a coauthor script. Robert refuses, and Arys threatens to ruin his reputation in the music world. He knows about Robert sleeping with Jocasta, in fact, he sent her to seduce him. Arys sends Robert out of the music room.

Before dawn, Robert packs his bags. He sneaks into Arys room and steals his pistol before going to Eva’s empty room and leaving her a note asking her to meet him at the clock tower. He gets out of the house and is stopped by Mrs. Dhondt, who gives him a ride into Bruges. Robert desperately wants to say goodbye to Eva and checks into a hotel in town.

Before he left, he found the other half of Adam Ewing’s Journal underneath his bed, and plans on reading it.

Near the endth, XI, 1931: Robert is working non-stop on his Cloud Atlas Sextet. He vows it is going to be his masterpiece, and he will never write anything better.

Eva never met him at the clock tower, and he waits for her every day. He becomes obsessed with trying to get in touch with her and follows her around town.

25th, XI, 1931: An unfortunate incident has happened, and Robert ends up with a nasty cold and a bunch of scrapes and bruises. He ran into Eva but doesn’t reveal anything about the incident.

The hotel manager comes in and demands proof that he  can pay the bill. Robert tells him that he will go to the bank tomorrow.

Next day: Robert tells what happened when he went to see Eva. He couldn’t catch her at the clock tower or at school, so he goes directly to the boarding house. There is a party, and he crashes it, screaming her name. Eva appears with her fiancé, a swede, and Robert realized he assumed wrong at the clock tower. She was never in love with him. Robert is thrown out into the cold.

Six or seven days later: Robert apologizes for not sending the letter, it was buried under clutter. Robert was visited by a man named Verplancke, who reveals that Eva’s fiance’s father is a powerful banker. He wants Robert out of the hotel and gives him 7 days to complete his sextet.

Quarter past four in the morning 12th, XII, 1931: Robert saw Sixsmith looking for him at the clock tower in Bruges, and is touched by his friend’s concern. He tells Sixsmith that he is his only love in this life, and didn’t talk to him because he didn’t want Sixsmith to blame himself for what is going to happen.

The Cloud Atlas Sextet is completed, and it is a masterpiece. Robert can now kill himself knowing he gave something to the world. He doesn’t see a point in going on living when he knows he will never produce anything better. He knows that he is going to be reincarnated and believes that the world endlessly cycles over and over. He tells Sixsmith goodbye.

The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing

 

None of the sailors join Adam and Henry at their worship. The ship sights land, and the captain says they will be stopping. He asks both Adam and Henry to come ashore. They arrive without trouble, but there is no one visible in the village. It is a Sunday, so everyone is at church. When they exit, they are wary of the newcomers.

The captain addresses the preacher and lies about the ship being full of godly men to gain the trust of the priest. Preacher Horrox had come to the island as a missionary, and now has established a church and trade. He invited them to his house for lunch. There he reveals that the natives work for the preacher in exchange for schooling for their children and credit at the preacher’s general store. The captain proposes the priest send cargo to trade with them to San Francisco and promises he’ll fetch a good price.

Once the natives find out Henry is a doctor, they flock to him for relief from their ailments. Henry is too kind to turn them away.

Adam goes out to explore the shores of Bethleham Bay. At the church, he finds a priest teaching the natives about the wonderful properties of tobacco, and all the members are smoking. A white man explains to Adam that the natives don’t need industrialization because they are too happy. If they’re addicted to tobacco, they’ll work for the priest to buy it from his general store.

Monday, 9th December: Mr. Wagstaff strolls with Adam on the island. A young missionary, he doesn’t actually like life at the cape. A group of naked children run by, most of them are black, but Mr. Wagstaff’s son is also among  them, naked. He is angry at his wife for letting his child run around like a savage. His wife is a local, and he married her his first day on the island. He has no love for her and beats her and his son.

Adam asks why there are so many bibles in the church, and Mr. Wagstaff answers that there aren’t enough natives anymore to take them; they are being wiped out by disease.

At dinner, Priest Horrox explains his philosophy, the hierarchy of races, with white man at the top and negro at the bottom. The Polynesians on his isle are right about negros. He believes the lower races headed for extinction because God doesn’t want them to be alive.

Mr. Henry argues that the reason the white man is on top is because of his powerful weapons and love for material objects. When Henry is alone with Adam, he expresses disdain at the preacher’s beliefs.

The next morning they are waiting for the skiff to take them back to the Prophetess. Adam notices Mr. Wagstaff acting as overseer and carrying a whip.

Back on the Prophetess, someone has tried to break into Adam’s trunk but didn’t succeed in getting it open.

Monday, 16th December: The ship is crossing the equator. The “virgins” on the ship, those who haven’t crossed before, are hazed. Their beards are shaved, and they are dunked repeatedly.

Wednesday, 18th December: The crew members catch a shark and butcher it.

Friday, 20th December: Adam wakes up in the middle of the night with a giant cockroach crawling on his face.

Sunday, 22nd December: There is a pod of six whales sighted.

Christmas Eve: Adam’s fingers are so swollen Henry cuts off his wedding band.

Christmas Day: Christmas dinner makes Adam feel ill. Rafael asks him if God can forgive anything.

Later: Adam is steadily getting worse. Dr. Henry’s medicine isn’t helping anymore. Adam sees Rafael passed out drunk on deck, and Boerhaave carries him to the sleeping quarters.

Boxing Day: Rafael hanged himself. Adam is devastated and wonders if it is his fault for not giving the boy sound advice.

Friday, 27th December: Adam approaches the captain, charging Boerhaave and the gang of continuously raping Rafael, leading to his suicide. On deck, he runs into Boerhaave, who tells Adam the stink of decay is on him.

Saturday, 28th December: Adam is still thinking about Rafael. It is getting harder to write.

Sunday, 29th December: Adam is ill.

Monday, 30th December: Death is hours away. Adam asks Henry to send the journal to his family.

Sunday, 12th January: On New Year’s Eve Adam was near death. Henry gives him a potion to get rid of his parasite for good. Adam falls asleep.

When he wakes up, they are nearing San Francisco. Autua is trying to see Adam, but Henry won’t let him, and lies about his condition. Adam realizes Henry has been poisoning him. Henry sees Adam is awake and mocks him, revealing that he killed him for the estate in his trunk.

Later Adam wakes up on deck, retching. Autua is holding him and takes him off the boat and into an infirmary. Autua stays with Adam for 10 days, nursing him back to health. Henry is never found.

Monday, 13th January: Adam is in the garden. He philosophizes that belief shapes the world for humanity, and that selfishness in humanity spells extinction for the species. He decides to join the Abolitionist movement.

“Am I betraying Ender?”

On the faster-then-light ship, Miro, Quara, Ela and Val continue trying to decipher the Descoladores language. It’s slow going. They know the Descoladores communicate by transmitting molecules, but they don’t know what any of the molecules mean. The only context they have is their knowledge of the Descolada and the way that the virus communicates. Quara suggests sending some of their information on the Descolada to the Descoladores and then see if they respond with anything familiar.

“Too dangerous.” Says Jane. “You’re suggesting we give to them precisely the weapon they used to devastate the Pequeninos planet…why not just slit our own throats and send them the blood?” Miro reminds her that they don’t have much time to figure this out. Their air will run out in only a few weeks. “We’re giving away too much.” Insists Jane, much to Quara’s annoyance. Jane tells that whatever benefits there might be to sending the Descoladores this information, they might also be giving them intelligence that they couldn’t get any other way.

With no other options, though, they decide to go ahead and send the information, so they can analyze what the Descalodores send back in response. “If we’re even on the right track.” Says Miro. Quara scolds him for being negative. “Can’t we all just get along.” Teases Jane. Quara snaps back at Jane. “Stay out of family conversations, do you hear?” Miro tries to argue back, but Jane silences her. “[Quara] you are quite brilliant and very good at what you do… but you are not smart enough… to make it worth putting up with more than fifteen seconds of the egregious bullshit you heap on you and everyone else.” Jane tells Quara that if she continues to behave abrasively, that Jane might develop a negative attitude toward her that could make it difficult to bring her back to Lusitania if she regains her ability to perform faster-then-light travel.

Quara takes this as a threat. “I would never kill you.” Corrects Jane. “[But] the thought of you might be so unendurable that my unconscious mind would reject that thought and exclude you.” Quara continues to rant angrily against Jane until Jane finally leaves them room. Miro follows and finds her weeping in another compartment of the ship. Miro realizes that she’s crying out of anger. She’s had no experience dealing with human emotions first hand and, now that she has a body of her own, she’s having trouble coping with the emotional stresses of it.

“It was so simple before I felt these things.” Miro tells her that all people have the same difficulties and that she just needs time to accustom herself to dealing with her feelings. “Quara never learned.” Says Jane. Miro tells her that Quara’s behavior is likely a result of the abusive household they grew up in. Before Ender married Novinha, she was married to an abusive man who routinely assaulted her. Quara grew up watching the two of them fight and, wanting her father’s attention, adopted a goading personality out of the subconscious hope that someone would treat her similarly.

Discussing Miro’s family life prompts Jane to start crying even harder. She tells Miro that she misses Ender who, in addition to being her closest companion for the majority of her life, was also much like a father to her. Miro is sad to realize that to an extent Jane will always care for Ender for than she does for him. Jane tells him to think of it as he thinks of Quara’s need for her own, long dead father. “I don’t want you to be my father she says.”

Jane kisses Miro and tells him that she loves him. “I want to be human, Miro, I want to do everything. I want to be part of human life from edge to edge. And I want do it all with you.” Jane asks Miro if he’d like to get married, and though Miro says they should keep it to themselves for the moment, he agrees. They rejoin Quara and Ela in the main part of the ship and continue their research.

“Till death ends all surprises”

Peter and Wang-mu join Grace and Malu on a tour of a nearby university where Malu’s followers, per Jane’s instructions, have spent the past weeks saving essential parts of her computer self to be uploaded back to the Ansible network once it’s restored. Their hope is that the programs will eventually spread across the entirety of the network, and that Jane will in turn be able to reconnect and reclaim control of the Ansible as she did before.

If Jane can’t reconnect to the Ansible, there’s a decent chance that her aiua will never again have the strength it needs to perform faster-then-light travel again. Though the prime importance of this at present is to save Miro, Ela, Quara and Jane herself from dying in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet, Wang-mu and Peter both have a stake in it as well. Neither of them wants to live out their life on the planet Pacifica, and without faster-then-light travel, they’ll be forced to rely on relative space travel, which will cause decades to pass them by every time they travel.

They’re shown to the computers storing Jane’s essentially parts. Though the Ansible network is still shut down, the Ansible of Pacifica is being used to form a smaller, contained network that will serve as the foundation of Jane’s digital restoration. They begin uploading the necessary files to this new network. “How will we know if all of this has worked?” Asks Wang-mu. “Peter will tell us,” replies Grace. If their plan is successful, Jane should be able to communicate to him again through the implant he wears.

On Lusitania Grego and Olhado are waiting in an open field. The faster-then-light ship is supposed to be returning from the Descoladores’ planet soon, if Jane’s aiua can find the strength to move it again. The network on Pacifica goes online and they wait to see if the ship will return.

Aboard the faster-then-light ship, they have sent out a message to the Descoladores and received a reply. As they try to analyze it, they receive a message from Pacifica. Recognizing this to mean that her digital parts have been restored to the makeshift network there, Jane decides to try and transport them back to Lusitania. She sits back in a chair and seems to pass out. Miro knows this to mean that she’s left her body and that her aiua is trying to take them home. He holds her hand and sits with her to wait and see what happens.

Jane’s aiua travels the philotic network and makes its way to the network Malu and his followers have set up for her on Pacifica. It is leagues smaller than the network she’s used to, and she worries that she won’t be able to move the faster-then-light ship with so little to work with. She tells her allies on Pacifica that they have been successful in their efforts and sets herself to her own task.

Knowing the Pacifica network lacks the space she’ll need to move the ship, she begins looking for more. As she searches, she realizes the Mothertrees might be able to provide the space she needs. Their bodies are massive and their aiua small. She connects herself to the network of the Mothertrees and moves the faster-then-light ship back to Lusitania. On Pacifica, Malu can sense that she’s been successful and rejoices. Wang-mu and Peter join in the happiness. With faster-then-light travel possible again they’ll be able to travel as they want.

Aboard the faster-then-light ship, Quara begins to panic. “We’re cut off!” She declares. “I was getting [the Descoladores’] broadcasts and suddenly now there’s nothing!” Miro realizes that the messages have stopped because they’re no longer in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet. Jane has returned them home.

Jane wakes up. “You did it.” Miro tells her. “And rather easily.” She replies. “After all that worry.” Quara, realizing what’s happened is angry. “How dare you do it without so much as a warning!” Miro realizes that Quara is angry because of Jane’s earlier warning that she might be left behind. She was scared and her anger is in part her expressing her relief at not having died. They leave the ship and Jane marvels at the sights and sounds, this being the first time she’s seen a planet through human eyes.

“How they communicate with animals.”

The fleet bound for Lusitania has almost arrived. Aboard the fleet’s flagship its commanding officer, Admiral Bobby Lands, contemplates what’s about to happen. He has no desire to destroy Lusitania, the Pequeninos or the people living there but recognizes the danger of the Descolada and knows that he must follow his orders even if it means a second Xenocide and himself being remembered by a monster throughout history.

Throughout the Hundreds World, the Ansible is reconnected, albeit in a limited fashion that prevents Jane from inhabiting wholly. On Divine Wind, Yasujiro uses this as an opportunity to contact his family members and business associates to relay to them what Hikari has told him about the moral evil of the impending destruction of Lusitania.

As Yasujiro waits for a response, he can’t help but contemplate the consequences of these messages, should his family and associates not agree with what Hikari has said. His life and career will be effectively ended. To his relief, the head of his family replies with a message affirming their support of Hikari’s viewpoint and tells him that already their agents are contacting the Necessarian members of the Starways Congress to try and turn their support away from destroying Lusitania. With support for the act already shallow, there’s a decent chance they’ll succeed.

On Lusitania, their sensors pick up the fleet slowing down from relativistic speeds. As the fleet draws near the last remnants of the colonists flee to the last remaining spaceships on the planet’s surface. The Pequeninos and the Buggers do no such thing. For the Pequeninos, there is no life without their forests and the Hive Queen can’t bear to leave her friends among the Fathertrees. She resolves herself to face the coming doom as her ancestors did when Ender destroyed their homeworld three thousand years before.

Jane, having regained her ability to transport objects at faster-then-light speeds begins removing the ships with the human colonists. Before she will remove anyone else, she insists on evacuating Novinha and her family as well as Valentine and her children. The object to the specific treatment but Jane insists. “I will not stand by and let you be killed when I have it in my power to save [Ender’s family].” Miro, Ela and Quara are returning to the Descoladores’ planet to continue their research. Jane forces the rest of the family to join them and along with herself, teleports them away. She then begins evacuating the other colonists.

With their ship back in orbit over the Descoladores’ world Miro, Ela and Quara set back to their research as best they can. With Lusitania’s potential destruction about to occur they find it difficult to concentrate but do the best that they can. As they examine the message they received from the Descoladores, they realize that it’s a molecule. The molecule is designed in such a way that if it were absorbed into a human body, it would incapacitate them.

They realize that the messages they’re receiving aren’t communication; they’re biological commands meant to manipulate their bodies and bend them to the will of the Descoladores. This doesn’t bode well for communicating with them. For one, they have no way of knowing how to send any useful sort of information in the form of a molecule and likewise, the contents of the molecule the Descoladores sent them suggests that they may be hostile. Ela suggests communicating to them aiua to aiua via Jane. “Maybe Jane can find some way to connect to them philotically.” Miro agrees it’s a possibility but tells her that it will have to wait. Jane’s attention is utterly consumed by the task of evacuating Lusitania.

Aboard the fleet Admiral Lands has received a message from the Congress. At the last minute, many of their members decided to change their minds and vote against destroying Lusitania. “You are not authorized to use the Molecular Disruption Device.” Lands can’t believe what he’s hearing or understand why Congress, without the benefit of any new information, would change their mind. As far as they know, Lusitania is still a threat to human life. Despite his new orders, Lands decides to attack the planet anyways and launches the M.D. device. With that done he surrenders himself to his second in command and they wait for the missile to reach the planet.

“We’re giving you a second chance”

A satellite orbiting Lusitania detects the launch of the M.D. device and relays the information to the faster-then-light ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet. Jane can’t believe it. “Congress voted to establish a quarantine and specifically denied the fleet authority to launch the M.D. device.” She tells them. Miro tells her that they have at most half an hour before the M.D. device destroys Lusitania. He suggests she use her faster-then-light ability to move it to the philote realm and leave it there. She tells him that there’s no knowing what kind of damage the M.D. device could do there. “Besides. I can’t pick things up that I haven’t had a chance to examine.” She’s never seen or touched the M.D. device so she can’t move it. Miro asks if Peter still wears an implant to speak with her.

On Pacifica Jane tells Peter that the fleet has launched the M.D. device. Peter isn’t sure what to do but asks Jane to take him back to Lusitania. Wang-mu insists on going too. Their ship is too far away, so Jane transports their bodies without it. Jane sends them to the starport on Lusitania. Seeing the ships, Peter gets an idea. He and Wang-mu board a ship. He then has Jane track the M.D. device and then teleports their ship so that it’s travelling at the same speed, with the M.D. device inside it. With the missile inside the ship, Peter touches it, allowing Jane to examine and memorize its form.

Jane then teleports the M.D. device back onto Admiral Lands’ ship. She sends Peter and Wang-mu as well. They’re almost immediately confronted by Lands and his second in commander who are horrified to see the active M.D. device aboard their ship. They deactivate the missile as Peter explains what’s going on. He tells them that the Descolada is no longer a threat and that the Pequeninos along with having learned how to use much of human technology are now allied with a third alien race: the resurrected Buggers.

Peter tells Lands that had he succeeded in destroying Lusitania he would have been wiping out not just the Pequeninos, but also the Buggers. Lands is horrified. “I thought it was the right thing.” Peter tells him that he should think of this as a second chance to redeem the mistake he almost made. Peter tells them that the Lusitanians have also discovered faster-then-light travel, which is what allowed them to move the M.D. device back onto Lands’ ship. He says that if Congress wants access to this new technology, they will restore the Ansible network to its former form and allow Jane unlimited access to it. Lands agrees to inform Congress of what’s happened.

With that situation corrected, Peter and Wang-mu teleport to the ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet where Wang-mu introduces herself to everyone.

“How do you know they aren’t quivering in terror”

Aboard the faster-then-light ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet, the group is discussing what to do about the Descoladores. Though they haven’t been studying this new race long, all signs point to them being an entity that humanity, the Pequeninos and the Buggers won’t be able to communicate with. More troubling is the fact that their messages are made up of molecules designed to incapacitate human beings, which hints at unfriendly intentions.

Quara says that they may have to destroy the Descoladores if they prove hostile. Just weeks earlier Quara had been staunchly against destroying the Descolada on account of her belief that the virus might be a sentient race. Her sudden support of violence against another race surprises her friends and family to no small degree. “You’re thinking of blowing up a world populated by a sentient race?” Asks Wang-mu.

Quara explains that she only suggests this as a last resort and that she believes they need to study the Descoladores further. Miro takes it further, suggesting that they should study them until they find a way communicate with them and never give up on it. “We can keep a fleet watching this planet.” Suggests Peter. “For centuries. For millennia. There’s no hurry.” Says Peter. “I think that’s dangerous.” Replies Quara.

Peter, frustrated with her attitude, tells her that she’s just acting on her impatience to see the situation resolved. “You are not part of this project.” Quara tells him. Peter tells her that if this is the attitude she’s going to have, then he will have Jane bring her back to Lusitania and make sure she never goes near the Descoladores again. This enrages Quara.

Jane returns their ship to Lusitania and they all depart to enjoy the planet, now free of an impending doom for the first time in decades. Quara, however, remains on the ship, sullen. Wang-mu decides to speak with her, to try and calm her anger. Quara tells her to leave, but Wang-mu refuses. Quara continues to be abrasive and insulting, but Wang-mu continues to talk with her. As they converse, Wang-mu recognizes that in a way Quara has allowed herself to become a form of varelse. She’s made herself into an alien, unable to properly communicate with the people around her. Wang-mu resolves herself to break through Quara’s anger and help her through the issues that have plagues her through her life.

“The road goes on without him now”

With the various crisis’s threatening Lusitania resolved, a funeral is held to mourn Ender’s death. Plikt serves as a Speaker for him, reciting the story of his life before an audience of humans and Pequeninos. There’s even a Bugger present to serve as eyes for the Hive Queen. As Valentine watches, she remembers her life with Ender, his trials and tribulations and the guilt he suffered for his part in the destruction of the Buggers. Seeing the various species sitting together, though, she believes that for all the harm that Ender may have done in his life he may have managed to do even more good.

After Ender’s funeral Valentine, along with her friends and family journeys out to the Pequenino forest that neighbors Milagre. Under the shadow of the new Mothertree, a priest marries Miro and Jane and Peter and Wang-mu. With the ceremony finished, they say their good-byes and teleport away to start new journeys.

Katniss knows that Cinna has placed himself in a world of trouble by making this statement and she silently appreciates him but worries about him all the same. The crowd is beside themselves with sadness over the fact that Katniss and Peeta will never be able to get married as one of them will soon die but Peeta surprises the audience by telling them that he and Katniss are already married in their minds.

Peeta says that they performed a traditional marriage ceremony in District 12, though it is not legally binding; then he shares with the audience that Katniss is pregnant with his child, which catches Katniss by surprise. At the end of the interviews the tributes all take stage together, and, as a symbol of unity, they all join hands before the audience. The Capitol is outraged as this show of solidarity and sends everyone home who is not directly involved in the games.

The next morning Cinna dresses Katniss for her second turn in the Games and puts her into the tube that will bring her to the arena. The tube closes, but Katniss is not sent up to the arena right away, instead she is stuck watching as Cinna is beaten and dragged away by peacekeepers. Katniss is send up into the tube, in total shock, and finds herself in the middle of a huge body of water; the message to Katniss seems clear, a “girl on fire” cannot survive in water.

Katniss realizes that each tribute is standing on a platform in the water and must swim to a land arm that connects to the cornucopia; Katniss feels fortunate that she knows how to swim because she is sure that many tributes do not. When Katniss arrives at the cornucopia she finds that Finnick is the only other one there, but he seems to be wearing a gold bracelet just like the one she saw Haymitch wearing so she thinks he is supposed to be her ally, though she does not trust him.

Finnick saves Katniss from the District 5 man, and she takes the opportunity to take a bow and arrows from the stockpile of supplies. Katniss works with Finnick to fend off some of the other tributes. They soon realize that the cornucopia has nothing but weapons, no survival supplies, so they take as many weapons as they can.

Katniss sees Peeta still standing on his platform because he does not know how to swim so Finnick goes to rescue him and then gets Mags and the four of them quickly retreat. Katniss climbs a tree to check out the situation and sees that several tributes have died at the cornucopia. They decide to look for fresh water, but as they are walking Peeta walks straight into a force field and falls to the ground.

Peeta’s heart has stopped beating so Finnick performs some sort of strange act of breathing into Peeta’s lungs (CPR, though Katniss has does not know what it is called) to bring him back to life as Katniss screams and begs for him to come back to her.

After Finnick saves Peeta they decide they must find water now, especially because Peeta is weakened. Finnick asks Katniss how she knew a force field was there because he saw that she was about to yell before Peeta ran into it, and she tells them that she can hear the electricity with the ear that the Capitol fixed for her after the last Games; this is not true though, Katniss learned how to see force fields from Beetee.

They walk the perimeter of the force field, and find no water so they take the slope downward and decide to make camp for the night.Katniss goes out on her own and sees an animal in a tree that looks like a rat, and his mouth is wet; Katniss knows there must be water somewhere. Finnick and Mags have created a shelter for the four of them, and Katniss gives Peeta the rat creature she killed to cook for dinner.

That night eight faces are shown in the sky and Katniss realizes there are only eight of them left in the arena. Katniss gets a gift from a sponsor, and it is recognized as a spile; Katniss realizes she has to tap the trees for water and it works. As Katniss keeps watch that night, she hears a loud gong sound go off twelve times and struggles with what it could mean. Soon a fog comes over their camp that makes Katniss’ skin blister.

As Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Mags all run from the fog they realize that not only is it blistering their skin but it is also taking control of their nerves, making it difficult to have control over their bodies.Peeta and Mags are affected the worst, and cannot walk for themselves so Finnick carries Peeta and Katniss tries to carry Mags. Katniss cannot hold Mags for very long and Finnick knows he cannot carry both, which he tells Mags; to Katniss’ shock Mags gives Finnick a kiss on the cheek and runs into the fog, killing herself. As the three stumble to the water’s edge to escape, the fog Katniss realizes that the salt water greatly soothes her blisters and she shares this information with Peeta.

The two of them have to drag Finnick into the water because he is hurt worse than they are and cannot move for himself. Peeta goes to tap a tree and Katniss realizes that the monkeys in the trees seem to be congregating together, and staring down at them. Katniss calls to Peeta but as soon as he moves the monkeys attack. Katniss uses all her arrows and asks Peeta to throw her more, and he drops his knife in the process. Unarmed, Peeta is nearly attacked by a monkey but the girl from District 6 jumps in between Peeta and the monkey, saving him and badly injuring herself.

As the monkeys retreat, Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick try to help the girl who saved Peeta, but her wounds are too severe and they just keep her company and hold her hand while she dies. Katniss offers to keep watch so Finnick can rest that night, but he refuses, insisting that she sleep and Katniss can tell that Finnick wants some time to be alone so he can grieve for the loss of Mags.

In the morning, Katniss’ blisters itch terribly so she asks for Haymitch to send her something and only moments later she receives some tar ointment that looks atrocious but soothes the itching. Finnick catches some shellfish for breakfast, and the trio sees three other people stumbling out of the woods coughing; Katniss recognizes them as Johanna Mason from District 7 and Beetee and Wiress. Johanna seems to dislike Katniss and tells her that she only saved Beetee and Wiress for her, which Katniss does not understand. Beetee has injuries that Katniss attends to and Wiress keeps babbling incoherently “tick, tock, tick, tock”.

That night Katniss sees the lightning accompanied by twelve gongs sounds again and realizes what Wiress is trying to tell them; the arena is a clock.

Katniss tells everyone what Wiress has discovered; each section of the arena corresponds to a time on the clock and in each section of the clock a different kind of attack happens – the fog, the monkeys, etc. They decide to sit at the cornucopia and watch the different sections of the arena to see what each section does and at what time.

At the cornucopia, they restock their weapons and Peeta draws a picture of the arena in the sand so they can keep track of the sections. As they are distracted, the tributes from Districts 1 and 2 attack; Katniss and Johanna manage to kill the tributes from 1 but not before they kill Wiress.

The tributes from District two hide behind the cornucopia and Katniss chases after them but the island they are all standing on begins to spin out of control and everyone is forced to hold on for their lives. When the island stops spinning, Finnick saves Beetee from the water and Katniss swims out to Wiress’ body to get the wire that Beetee found in the cornucopia and seems so important to him.

The five who are remaining head back toward the jungle and despite Katniss’ uneasy feelings she goes off with Finnick to get water while Peeta stays on the beach with Johanna to make another clock drawing.  In the jungle, Katniss hears Prim’s screams.

Katniss runs after the voice and soon realizes that Prim’s scream is coming from a jabberjay, a genetically mutated bird, and Katniss kills the bird. When Finnick comes after her, he too hears the voice of someone he loves and runs off in the other direction. As Katniss and Finnick run away they come to a wall that does not let them get away from the birds, they have to wait until that section of the clock is done with its torture. Katniss and Finnick are both convinced that their loved ones are being tortured by the Capitol, and their screams were recorded, but Beetee assures them that it would be all too easy for the government to create the false screams of anyone they want.

That night they watch the faces of the dead flash in the sky and receive a gift of rolls from District 3. Beetee is sure to count the rolls before anyone eats them, and they decide to save some of them for later. Peeta and Katniss keep watch together that night and Katniss finds that Peeta has brought a locket with him that contains pictures of Mrs. Everdeen, Prim, and Gale; he uses the locket to try to convince Katniss to let him die to save her but Katniss refuses.

The next day Katniss tries to convince Peeta that they have to break away from the others because they will have to kill them soon enough, but Peeta thinks that they should wait. Beetee comes up with a plan that day to kill the District 2 tributes; he will run his wire from the lightning source that strikes at midnight into the water and kill the tributes when they are on the beach.

They all hike up to the lightning tree together, and Katniss tells them where the force field is so they stay away; Beetee is amused when the others tell him that Katniss can hear the force field because he knows that he taught her how to see it. After Beetee is done examining the tree, and the area around it they all go back to the beach where they dine on seafood and more rolls that have been sent from District 3.

The next day they all head to the lightning tree so Beetee can rig the electrical wire. Beetee tells Johanna and Katniss to run down to the jungle, carefully placing the wire, so they can quickly head off to section one of the clock where they will be safe. Katniss does not want to leave Peeta behind because she still worries that the others are going to turn on them and separating them will create the perfect opportunity; however, Katniss and Johanna are the fastest so it makes the most sense.

Halfway down the hill Johanna gives the wire to Katniss and shortly after the wire snaps back at Katniss and she finds herself being thrown to the ground with a hard blow; Katniss is barely conscious, but she can feel that Johanna is sitting on her and digging her knife into Katniss’ arm. When Katniss comes to, she is sure that her fears have been realized and she runs back up the mountain to get Peeta.

Katniss finds Beetee unconscious with wire securing a knife to his hand, and she remembers what Haymitch told her before she left for the Games – to remember who the real enemy is, which Katniss knows is the Capitol.  Katniss wraps the wire around one of her arrows and shoots it into the force field; sure that is what Beetee was trying to do.

Lightning strikes and Katniss sees the arena start to fall apart right in front of her eyes. A hovercraft comes and takes Katniss out of the arena, and she finds herself in the presence of the head gamemaker before she passes out. When Katniss comes to she finds herself in a medical room and Beetee is in the bed next to her; she is sure they have been captured by the Capitol. Katniss feels that Peeta must be getting tortured, so she grabs a syringe that she plans to use to kill him so he will not suffer, and goes down the hall.

Katniss hears Finnick’s and Haymitch’s voices coming from another room along with the head gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee. Katniss reveals her presence and she is told that there was a plan in place all along to rescue Katniss from the arena and many of the other tributes had made their promise to save Katniss and Peeta at all costs, even if it meant their own lives. Katniss has become the face of the rebellion, and she needs to live to spark hope in others and they knew that if Peeta did not survive then Katniss would not be a strong enough leader.

Katniss finds out that Peeta was not rescued by them; however, because the Capitol got to him before they could, and also finds out that they are on their way to District 13 where people are still living and the rebellion is stationed. Katniss is devastated by her fear for what is happening to Peeta in the Capitol and confused at the new information. Gale comes into the room, injured, and tells Katniss that her family is fine but District 12 has been destroyed.

What Happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, Etc.

The group sets out to rescue Cunegonde and the old woman, and on the way the Baron and Pangloss tell their tales. Candide apologizes to the Baron for stabbing him, but the Baron graciously forgives him. He says that after he was stabbed a surgeon took him in and nursed him back to health. Later, he was abducted by Spanish troops and sent to prison. Eventually, he ended up employed in Constantinople where he was caught bathing with a Muslim. For this crime,  he was sent to the galley as a slave.

After hearing the Baron’s story, Candide asks Pangloss to reveal how he survived. Since the Inquisition has more experience burning people than hanging them, they did not tie the knot well, and his flow of air was not entirely cut off. A surgeon took his “corpse” home to dissect it, but when he cut into Pangloss’s body the philosopher screamed. Startled, the surgeon fell back, and his wife came to see what the commotion was. After Pangloss begged for their help the surgeon sewed him back up, and the wife nursed him back to health.

Later, Pangloss entered the service of a Venetian merchant and one day went into a mosque. There, he saw a beautiful young woman accidentally drop a bouquet that lay by her bosom. In returning it, Pangloss “took too long” and was ousted as a Christian. His crime was to be sent to the galley where he met the Baron, and they spent many days arguing about whose crime was worse. Candide asks Pangloss if, after all his hardships, he still believes everything is for the best. Pangloss still thinks that is true and does not renounce his philosophy.

How Candide Found Cunegonde and the Old Woman Again

During their conversation, Candide and the group arrive at the house of the prince. They see Cunegonde and the old woman outside doing laundry. The Baron and Candide are shocked at Cunegonde’s transformation – her skin is browned and wrinkled and she has lost all of her beauty. Candide ransoms Cunegonde and the old woman and decides, with the old woman’s advice, to buy a small farm.

Once they are settled, Cunegonde reminds Candide of his promise to marry her. She is not aware that she is no longer beautiful, and Candide cannot turn her down. The Baron, however, still insists that Candide cannot marry Cunegonde because of their slight difference in royal blood. Candide reminds the Baron of all that he has done for Cunegonde, and the fact that he just rescued the Baron from slavery. Still, the Baron insists that Candide cannot marry his sister while he is alive.

The Conclusion

In truth, Candide does not wish to marry Cunegonde because she is so ugly, but wants to prove the Baron wrong. He consults the others, who all have different opinions about how to deal with the Baron. They decide to send him back to the galley without telling Cunegonde, and go ahead with the plan.

Now that Candide is with Cunegonde and all his friends living in peace, he and the others should be happy. However, instead they are miserable and bored. Cunegonde keeps getting uglier and harder to handle, the old woman becomes increasingly feeble, and Cacambo, who works in the garden, curses his work. Martin is the only one who stays the same. From time to time,  they still talk about philosophy and good and evil. Candide wonders whether it would be worse to go through more hardships or to be bored as they are now. Martin comes to the conclusion that man is never satisfied. Even Pangloss, though he says everything is for the best, does not truly believe it.

One day Paquette and Friar Giroflee come to the farm. All the money Candide gave them is gone, and they are even worse off than before. Martin gloats at being right in that the money would only bring them more hardship instead of making them happy.

After a while, Candide and the others go to ask a famous Turkish philosopher about all the questions about life and happiness they have not been able to answer. The great philosopher is not helpful and slams the door in their faces. On their way home,  they meet an old man who invites them inside for food. Candide is impressed by the man and his children, as well as their simple lifestyle. Most of all, he realizes that they are happier than any others he has encountered on his journey, even the wealthy.

He decides that man was not born to be idle, and that everyone needs to work in the gardens on their estate. Each member of the household learns a skill and helps around the house. Sometimes, Pangloss reflects on the string of events leading up to their life on the farm. Candide listens to him, but always replies that they need to “cultivate the garden.”

Sazed is in his room, studying and transcribing the rubbings he found. He knows that these few pages of transcribed text could keep him busy for months or even years. Vin enters through his window and wants to talk to him about the deepness. Sazed talks about if the deepness is even real or if it’s just a made-up story, some propaganda spun by the Lord Ruler. Vin says she thinks it’s real and tells Sazed that she thinks it’s actually the mist itself. The log book and the rubbings don’t say the mist actually killed people but that people died because of the mist. That could be because a permenant mist that covered the ground would kill crops and live stalk, leaving people to die of starvation. Vin also tells Sazed about the mist spirit that has been following her.

The assembly gathers, and Elend gets an opportunity to explain what he has done with his father. He uses twenty minutes to tell of the situation with the two armies and how his meeting with Straff went. He tells them that he used Vin’s power to threaten Straff, a move that may protect the city for some time yet. Meanwhile, Vin tries to pay attention to Elend’s meeting. She sees Zane in the crowd, and he smiles at her. They then have nominations for who should run for king. Elend and Lord Penrod are nominated, and, lastly, Cett is nominated. The man reveals himself to be in the crowd.

Vin watches in shock as Cett reveals himself to the crowd and to the assembly. He uses his army outside the gates to threaten the people into voting for him. He also tells the crowd about the koloss army not too far away, a fact that Elend hasn’t told anyone.

Vin sits in her room, studying the stacks of papers she has there. OreSeur is there with her, and they talk about the religious beliefs of the kandra. They practically worship the Contract above all else, the agreement they have with their human masters. Meanwhile, Elend discovers that some of the wells in Luthadel are being poisoned by someone, probably one of the armies outside. Vin talks to Dockson, and in the conversation, she determines that he can’t be the spy. She and OreSeur turn their attentions toward a new option: Demoux, a captain of the guard.

Elend works to find a way to convince the assembly to name him king again, while Vin wants to tell him her theory about Demoux. Tindwyle gets upset with Sazed when she finds out that he helped write part of the laws Elend put into place a year ago. Vin leaves the group and finds Zane, who immediately attacks her. She thinks he wants to spar, like before, but the fight becomes aggressive and Vin must fight him to survive. Zane tells her that he was ordered to kill her and that this attack was a warning. There are also many refugees coming from the koloss army, on their way to seek refuge in Luthadel. After giving his two warnings, Zane leaves.

Vin tries on another custom-made dress. Tindwyl tells her that Elend has nearly learned as much as he can from her; he’ll now have to learn to be a good leader through experience. Elend prepares his armored escort and carriage to go and see Cett. Breeze decides not to go, since he and Cett have history, which would only make the situation worse. When Elend and Vin actually enter the keep Cett is staying in and talk to the man, they discover just how sincere he is. He doesn’t want his daughter back, trusting that Elend will take good care of her. Cett wants Elend to step down from the election for king, and in return he won’t have Elend killed when he is made king. They also talk about the fact that no atium was found in all of Luthadel. Finally, Cett dismisses the two.

Sazed wanders through warehouse full of refugees from the koloss attacks, trying to help and health where he can. Tindwyl comes in and talks to him. She wants to see what he’s found–the rubbings he’s been transcribing. Meanwhile, Breeze has been listening in on the conversation, soothing both people in a way that would make them more friendly to each other. He walks among the refugees, trying to sooth away bad emotions and make them feel better. Elend and Ham come in, and Elend wants to make sure all the people have the clothes they need. Later, Breeze goes into the keep and has a secret meeting with Clubs. Though they always seem to hate each other, they drink together and talk; they’ve struck up a strange companionship. Allrianne walks in and tries to steal Breeze away. Vin, watching from outside, discovers that Allrianne is a rioter, since she was rioting Breeze’s emotions. She and OreSeur then go to find Demoux, still certain that he is the kandra spy. They find him in a little meeting of the church of the Survivor. He can’t be a spy, Vin decides. Then who is?

Sazed and Tindwyl sit together in the study, pouring over the rubbings, searching their metalminds for any references to the deepness or Hero of Ages. It’s morning, meaning they’ve been at it all night long. Tindwyl knows the course of actions Sazed takes is different from what the keepers want, but she is willing to stay with him and study these things further. Meanwhile, Elend and Ham walk along the wall. Ham comments that Elend looks more kingly than ever. As they walk, Elend announces that he has an idea to help Luthadel’s situation.

Vin, Elend, and the rest of the crew arrive early for the day of the election for king. Before the voting begins, Vin, trying to figure out what Elend has up his sleeve, discovers that he has joined the church of the Savior, in an effort to curry votes from the skaa members of the assembly. Suddenly, a groups of allomancers attack Elend and Cett. Vin manages to fight off the men, getting badly hurt in the process. After the fighting, the vote is moved to a more secure location, and the assembly members each announce their vote. Surprisingly, Penrod, a nobleman from the assembly is chosen the new king. Elend hands over his crown and leaves.

Straff Venture is angry that Zane sent a group of his allomancers to their deaths while Vin still lives. Zane promises that he has a plan to take care of her. Meanwhile, Straff meets with Penrod, the new king of Luthadel. Penrod is planning to give Luthadel to Straff, opening the gates to him and handing over the kingship.  Straff, on the other hand, doesn’t want to enter the city while Vin still lives. Later, Zane tells Straff that he has been poisoned again. Zane leaves, and Straff is forced to ride hard back into the camp so his mistress can make him another antidote tea.

Vin awakes to see that Elend is with her. He tells her that he is not king, and he reports that OreSeur, who was badly hurt in the fight, is currently digesting a new set of bones. Vin feels that Elend is now scared of her somehow because of the way she fought those allomancers. Vin goes back to sleep, and awakes to find Zane there. He accuses her, saying that she could have killed those attackers easily had she not been so distracted with protecting Elend and other innocents. Later, OreSeur visits Vin, in another dog’s body. They talk more about the Contract that binds all kandra. Vin uses brass and duralumin to push strongly on OreSeur’s emotions. Even though he at first does not react at all, with enough force, Vin hurts him very badly, and she felt like she were controlling him for a moment. She apologizes for hurting OreSeur, and he leaves to get some rest. Vin promise to never tell anyone what she’s discovered about kandra.

Sazed and Tindwyl continue to talk about the things they are learning. Something doesn’t make sense about the rubbings, written by Kwaan. It seems that Kwaan did not trust Alendi, but he also knew Alendi was a good man. But if Kwaan knew Alendi was good, why did he have his nephew, Rashek, to mislead or even kill Alendi? Elend comes in and asks for advice. After a discussion, he decides that being king isn’t about a title, but about doing something to help others. He returns to his closet and retrieves the white suite, the one made for a king.

Elend is hard at work, helping the people. He’s sending men out to dismantle the wooden parts of keeps and houses to use as firewood. The many refugees are cold and hungry, and he wants to help them. Someone comes with news that one of the gates under the river has been broken. That is how someone has been getting into the city and poisoning the wells. Also, other reports say that an Inquisitor is lurking about the city. Elend decides to go out and talk to Jastes, with the koloss army, himself. He rides out and meets Jastes, unable to make any kind of deal. On the way out, Elend manages to fight and kill one smaller koloss, earning the sword and pouch as his own. He looks into the pouch and discovers how Jastes is controlling the koloss. He’s paying them.

Vin sees Elend, now returned from his meet with the koloss army, inured and resting. Zanes comes and says that Cett was the one that planed the attack at the voting ceremony. Vin gets angry and decides to attack Cett. Zane and Vin attack the keep that Cett has been staying at in Luthadel. Together, they kill guards and hazekillers. Fueled by rage, Vin kills quickly, working her way to Cett’s room. She realizes that Zane is using atium, while she has none, and yet she’s killing just as easily as he is. They finally get to Cett’s room, where he is with his son. Vin fights them at first, but when she discovers that neither of them is an allomancer and that Cett doesn’t have a single allomancer with him, she leaves them behind, injured and scared.

The crew sees that Cett’s army is now leaving, a result of Vin’s attack on his keep the night before. Elend does not know why Vin attacked Cett like that. Some in the crew think she’s crazy, but Elend just sees her as determined. They also discover that the “coins” Jastes has been using to control   the koloss are fake, wooden coins painted gold. Elend goes to find Vin, who is hiding in the city. He finds her with OreSeur’s help. She says she must leave Luthadel and go north, to Terris. Elend says he trust her to do the right thing. They have one large bead of atium, and Vin gives it to OreSeur to hold for her.

Sazed and Tindwyl compare notes, studying the rubbing and other references they’ve managed to find. Tindwyl admits that she doesn’t believe in these prophecies, her interest in them being purely academic. Sazed, on the other hand, thinks Vin might actually be the next Hero of the Ages. While they talk, they discover that someone–or something–has torn a piece from one of the transcription pages. Vin comes in, while they try to figure out at what point were they both gone or occupied to not have seen an intruder going through their things. Vin asks Sazed how she can know if she’s in love. They talk about trust. After Vin leaves, Elend comes in and starts asking similar questions. Elend thinks he and Vin are too different to make a couple, but Sazed says that, to him, they are more alike than they think. After Elend leaves, Sazed realizes that Luthadel is going to fall soon; he needs to get both Elend and Vin out of the city before that happens.

Sazed calls a meeting with the members of the crew: Dockson, Breeze, Ham, and Clubs. He doesn’t invite Elend, Vin, or Spook. They talk about how the city is sure to fall. Straff apparently is in no hurry to take Luthadel. Instead, he’ll back off and let the koloss attack the city first. The koloss will win and enter the city, pillaging as they go. Then, with the koloss weakened and tired from the fight, Venture will ride in like a hero and save the city, defeating the koloss and taking Luthadel for himself. Sazed says that Elend and Vin need to get out of the city before these things happen. He wants Spook and Tindwyl to go with them. The rest of the group will have to stay and fight and die. Meanwhile, Vin feels she must follow the drumming she hears all the time. In Straff’s camp, Zane is attacked by his father’s men. He defeats them, but spares his father. He leaves, saying that tonight he will take Vin with him and leave Luthadel. He tells Straff that he should wait for the koloss to attack and then take the city.

Vin is in her room with OreSeur when Zane visits. He wants her to come with him, but she says she can’t because she doesn’t want to leave Elend. When Zane sees that she won’t go, he attacks her. They fight. When Zane starts to burn atium, Vin asks OreSeur for the large bead, a bead Zan had given her before. OreSeur doesn’t respond to her command. Vin discovers that OreSeur is not OreSeur. He is TenSoon, Zane’s kandra. Of course! There was no other spy. The bones they found were TenSoon’s and he had killed OreSeur! Zane corners Vin, but Vin uses a massive soothing to take control of OreSeur/TenSoon and attack Zane from behind. She then cuts the bead of atium fro TenSoon. But this is another trick. The bead is lead, with only a thin layer of atium. Soon, Vin is left helpless against a Mistborn killer with atium. Vin decides that Zane can see what she’s about to do, or, rather, what she plans on doing. If she attacks without thinking, though, she can, see in Zane’s reaction what she is going to do, only to change it at the last possible second. The trick works, and Vin defeats Zane. After Zane dies, she thanks OreSeur/TenSoon for helping her win. His contract is void, and he must return to his people. Vin goes to find Elend.

Elend is in his study when Vin comes in, bloody from her fight with Zane. She tells him that she killed him. He calls for Sazed, who comes to help with the wounds. While she is there, on the ground, she asks Sazed if he knows any wedding ceremonies. Of course, he knows hundreds. Vin asks which one is the shortest, and Sazed recalls one that only requires a declaration of love between the bride and groom before an ordained witness. Vin and Elend both say that they love each other, and Sazed declares them married. The wounds are clean, and Sazed sends Vin to get some rest. He also gives them a fake map to find the Well of Ascension. If the couple follows the map, they’ll be gone from Luthadel for a long time.

Elend and Vin prepare to ride out of the city. Tindwyl decides to stay in Luthadel. Spooks gets ready to go, and Allrianne will ride out, at Breeze’s insistence. So the four of them ride out, Vin quickly having to fight pursuers from Straff’s army. Once they are free, Allrianne breaks off to find her father’s army. Meanwhile, some of the crew watch as the escape, now sure of their own coming doom. Straff Venture hears of the escapes, but he has problems of his own now. He’s getting sick, which he knows is the result of poisoning from his son, Zane. He sends for his mistress, Amaranta, to fix him an antidote, but he discovers that she isn’t preparing what she normally does. She is actually killing, as she has for a long time. There never was any poison. Zane never tried to kill his father. But Amaranta, in her constant fixing of teas for Straff, has been causing him to become addicted to a rare drug. Without that drug, Straff will die. Straff, in a rage, kills Amaranta and then swallows as much powder from her medicine cabnet as he can, hoping to accidentally swallow some of the drug he needs before he loses consciousness.

Allrianne has made her way to her father’s camp, with the help of some bandits she’s tamed with her rioting. Her father, Cett, is not happy to see her. She convinces him to go back and join the winning party in the battle that is to come, although Cett promises that will likely be Straff. Meanwhile, Elend wakes up on the third morning out of Luthadel. He and Vin share a tent now, and he finds himself surprisingly comfortable on the hard ground, with Vin next to him. They get up and prepare the fire. It’s just the three of them: Elend, Vin, and Spook. Meanwhile Straff wakes up in bed. His men have taken care of him, and they’ve isolated the plant he needs to stay alive. When he hears that Vin and Elend have left the city, the men ask if they should attack now. Straff says no; they should pull back and wait for the koloss. Sazed meets with the others to plan a strategy for when the koloss attack. They plan to have a group of men at each gate. Saze and Tindwyl get a little time together, but then the warning drums begin to beat.

Vin is thinking about how the mist is staying later and later every day, instead of just disappearing with dawn, when she feels the pulsing of the mist spirit coming from Elend’s tent. She runs in, just in time to see the outline of that spirit lift some kind of knife to attack Elend, who is sleeping on the ground. She attacks the spirit and it disappears. Elend wakes up and never knows what was happening. She leaves Elend to sleep a little more and goes out to speak with Spook. He thinks someone is following them. Meanwhile, Sazed and the crew get ready, since it looks like the Koloss are about to attack. Men are at each gate, with one crewmember there to help. Straff sees that the koloss are attacking, but he tells his men to wait. Vin and Elend attack the camp of people that have been following them. It turns out to be Jastes. He’s lost control of the koloss, so he just left them. Elend kills Jastes because of his crimes against Luthadel. Vin discovers that the drumming sounds are getting softer, meaning the well is to the south, in Luthadel, and not in the Terris mountains.

Breeze works at his assigned gate, soothing soldiers by the dozen, helping them to be brave and fight well. The koloss pound at the door, while men atop the wall rain arrows down on the attackers. The koloss throw rocks up in return, smashing archers. Meanwhile, Vin runs towards Luthadel, burning pewter. She knows she will run out of pewter long before reaching Luthadel, and she wonders if the effect will kill her. But still she keeps running. Breeze and Clubs talk while the koloss continue to beat the gate. They blame themselves for being stupid enough to be in this mess, and they blame Kelsier for getting them into such responsibilities. Just then, the gates burst open. Meanwhile, Sazed gets word that Breeze’s gate had fallen. He doesn’t think he can really help. He notices that there is a crowd of skaa standing behind the defense force. When Sazed confronts them, telling them that they should flee to safety inside the city, the skaa answer that they are there to witness the fall of the koloss at the hands of Vin, who they are sure will return and make her appearance at Sazed’s gate. Then the gate breaks. Sazed musters his stored strength, growing in size, and faces the lead koloss, shouting for the men to fight. Vin, half collapsing and out of pewter, reaching a small village. At first she thinks to ask for pewter, but then she remembers how she used to travel with Kelsier on a path of metal bars in the ground. She asks for horseshoes, using them to “walk” by leaping, placing horseshoes ahead of her and pulling the ones behind to place further. In this way, she uses the horseshoes like stilts to help her travel in the air.

Outside Luthadel, Straff Venture sees that the koloss have now broken into the city gates. His men are ready to attack the koloss from the rear, but Straff decides to wait longer. Sazed, fighting the koloss, realizes that they need to get the gate closed again in order to survive. Using strength and weight, he manages to fight off the koloss and get the gate closed again. While getting a little break, a messenger comes and says that Tindwyl’s gate fell over an hour ago. Meanwhile, Clubs and Breeze are attacked and forced to run. Clubs is killed, while Breeze hides in a building. Dockson contemplates the root of their failure. He attacks a koloss, only to be cut down. Straff decides not to swoop in a save the city while the koloss are weak. Instead, he’d rather wait for the koloss to kill everyone and burn the city. Then Straff will move in. Meanwhile, Sazed fights on, wondering what happened to Tindwyl. He feels he is going to die, but then Vin arrives and starts killing koloss. Breeze is found by Ham and some others. They want to try to escape.

Vin continues killing koloss, several at a time. Sazed, outside Lord Penrod’s keep, begs the newly appointed king to go with them as they try to escape. Penrod insists on staying inside his keep. Vin continues to fight the koloss, but now she is almost completely out of pewter, steel, and almost every other metal. In desperation, to save some skaa from certain death, she super-soothes them, like she’d done to TenSoon, controlling the koloss with her mind. Sazed is standing outside Penrod’s keep when Vin walks up with koloss in tow. She orders Penrod to gather his men and put out the fires in Luthadel. Vin will take care of the koloss throughout the city. Later, Sazed finds Tindwyl’s dead body among the slain soldiers. He feels that all the faith, all the religions, he has always treasured is now useless. His life, he believes, has been a sham.

Straff wakes up and takes a sample of the drug he needs to stay alive. He gathers his men, expecting to be able to take the city now. But the koloss come out with the remaining soldiers of Luthadel. Vin jumps from among the koloss, sailing through the sky with a giant sword, cleaving Straff and his horse in half on impact. Allrianne watches these events from her father’s camp. She charges after them to help Luthadel’s army, forcing her father and his men to ride after her. Straff’s army surrenders, and Janarle, Straff’s general, is named the new Lord of the Venture army. Janarle, Penrod, and Cett all swear loyalty to Elend as their Emperor. Vin, needing rest, leaves Sazed in charge of the Empire until Elend can return to Luthadel.

The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing

 

Main Character: Adam Ewing

Chapter Format: Journal entries

Year: 1849

Places:

New South Whales

The Prophetess, ship, bound for San Francisco

Characters:

Adam Ewing – Young man, notary from San Francisco; plagued by a mysterious Ailment

Dr. Henry Goose – An eccentric doctor, Henry’s friend; accompanies him on the Prophetess; ends up poisoning him to steal his money

            Mr. Walker – The owner of the inn Adam and Henry are staying in

            Mr. Boerhavve – Dutch sailor, caught having sex with a slave in Adam’s room

Mr. Evans – Owner of a local farmstead. Asks Dr. Goose for help.

Captain Molyneux – Captain of the Prophetess; convinces Henry to act as ship’s doctor

Autua -An escaped Moriori slave, stowaway aboard the Prophetess; Adam convinces the captain to let him stay on board

Rafael – A teenage boy who boarded the ship in Sydney, optimistic; ends up hanging himself because he is sexually abused by the sailors

Preacher Horrox – Nazareth preacher; missionary, believes in a hierarchy of races

Mr. Wagstaff – Young missionary, shows Adam around Nazareth

Letters from Zedelghem

 

Main Character: Robert Frobisher

Chapter Format: Letters, to a man named Sixsmith

Year: 1931

Place: Belgium, Chateau Zedelghem

Characters:

Robert Frobisher – Young musician, composer. From London, and in debt. Travels to Belgium to work with Vyvyan Ayrs. Has a comet-shaped birthmark. Hints that he is in love with Sixsmith

Vyvyan Ayrs – Famous composer, elderly and ill. Hires Robert and comes to depend on him

Jocasta Crommelynk – Ayrs’s wife, has an affair with Robert

Eva Crommelynk – Ayrs’s daughter, of ill disposition. Robert falls in love with her.

Augustowski – Conductor friend of Ayrs, plays his piece at a concert

Otto Jansch – Illicit book dealer from London. Buys books from Robert and propositions him for sex

Sir Edward Elgar – Famous English musician, comes to Chateau Zedelghem to visit

Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery

 

Main Character: Luisa Rey

Chapter Format: Series of short, third person chapters

Year: 1975

Place: Buenas Yerbas

Characters:

Luisa Rey – Young journalist for a gossip magazine called Spyglass. Investigating Seaboard Incorporated. Has a comet-shaped birthmark

Rufus Sixsmith – 66 year old atomic engineer, worked at Seaboard Incorporated. Meets Luisa on an elevator. Is assassinated for his plans to expose Seaboard’s cover-up. Most valuable possession, letters from his lover, Robert Frobishner

Megan Sixsmith – Rufus’s niece, his only family

Javier Gomez – Eleven year old boy, Luisa’s neighbor

Dom Grelsch – Editor-in-chief of Spyglass, knew Luisa’s father

Joe Napier – Starboard employee, in charge of security, knew Luisa’s father. Tries to save Luisa, kills Bill Smoke before he dies

Alberto Gramaldi – Seaboard Incorporated CEO

Isaac Sachs – Seaboard engineer, friends with Rufus. Gives Luisa Rufus’s report

Fay Li – Seaboard’s head of PR. Trying to find Rufus’ report for herself

Bill Smoke – Seaboard’s assassin kills Sixsmith

Hal Brodie – Luisa’s ex

Hester Van Zandt – Protestor against Seaboard, knew Rufus Sixsmith

The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish

 

Main character: Timothy Cavendish

Chapter format: First person memoir

Year: unknown, future

Place: London

Characters:

Tim Cavendish – Elderly man. Runs a small book publishing company

Dermot Hoggins – Author of a bestseller. Becomes famous by kicking a man off a roof

Felix Finch – Book reviewer kicked off the roof by Hoggins

Mrs. Latham – Book-keeper at Cavendish publishing

Denholme (“Denny”) -Tim’s brother, sends him to an elderly home

Nurse Noake’s – Resident nurse at Aurora House

Mr. Withers – Gardener at Aurora house

John Hotchkiss – Greedy son of a patient at Aurora House, drives a Range Rover

Ernest Blacksmith – Fixes the boiler, plans on escaping

Victoria Costello – In love with Ernest, also plans on escaping

Mr. Meeks – Boiler room mascot, only knows two words

Important Vocabulary:

Aurora House – A home for the elderly

Knuckle Sandwich – Book published by Cavendish publishing

An Orison on Sonmi-451

 

Main character: Sonmi-451

Chapter Format: Interrogation

Year: Unknown, far future

Place: Nea So Corps, Korea

Characters:

Sonmi-451 – A server fabricant who achieves Ascension. Has a comet-shaped birthmark

Archivist –  In his early 20’s, conducting Sonmi’s interrogation

Yoona-959 – Sonmi’s fellow server, achieves Ascension, is killed

Seer Rhee – Overseer of Papa Song’s where Sonmi and Yoona work. Overdoses on Soap

Chang – Boardman Mephi’s chauffeur

Boom-Sook Kim – A lazy drunkard postgrad at University. Sonmi is his plagiarized case study

Wing-027 – A disaster fabricant, gives Sonmi her laptop

Boardman Mephi – Boardman of University. Gives Sonmi rooms and recognizes her genius

Hae-Joo Im -Takes Sonmi out of University on excursions. Is actually a member of the Union

Ma Arak Na – Madam, owns a safe parlor in Huamdonggil

An-Kor Apis – Head of the Union. Wants Sonmi to be figurehead for the revolution

Madam Ovid – Facescaper, makes Sonmi appear pureblood

Mrs. Yoo -Abbess of the mountainside colony. Prays for Sonmi to be reincarnated into her tribe

Useful Vocabulary

Fabricant – A clone

Orison – A capturing device used to “film” Sonmi

Ascension – The development of intelligence in a fabricant

The Union – Terrorist group, actually organized by Nea So Copros

Sloosha’s Crossin’ An’ Ev’rythin’ After

Main character: Zachary

Chapter format: first person narrative

Year: unknown, post-apocalyptic

Place: The Valley

Characters:

Zachary – Young goat-herder

Old Georgie -Mythical devil, haunts Zachary

Adam – Zachary’s brother, captured by Kono

Pa -Zachary’s father, killed by Kono

Jayjo -Zachary’s first love, has a miscarriage

Abbess – Village elder, interprets dreams

Meronym -Prescient woman, in 50’s. Comes to the Valley to observe, stays with Zachary. Has a comet-shaped birthmark

Duophysite – Prescient President

Useful Vocabulary

Valleymen – The tribe of the Valley, where Zachary is from

Kona -A vicious, savage tribe, enemies of the Valley

Sonmi -The God the Valleymen worship

Old Georgie -A devil-figure of the Valleymen

Prescients -An advanced, dark-skinned race. Visit the Valley twice a year in their ship

An Orison of Sonmi-451

 

Sonmi guesses that Hae-Joo Im is actually a Union member and decides to trust him anyway. They flee the University and discard their souls before getting into the car.

They are being chased; there is the feeling of vertigo and then they crash. Sonmi is pulled out by Hae-Joo, and he goes down a manhole. Sonmi follows, and there is another car waiting on the level below. Now that they are inconspicuous, they enter normal traffic. They are headed to Huamdonggil, a shanty town full of unfortunate purebloods.

Once in Huamdonggil, they enter the residence of Ma Arak Na, who Hae-Joo simply calls The Madam. Madam takes them into a parlor, where a 3-D is put on, and a carp comes into focus. The carp introduces himself as An-Kor Apis of Union and apologizes for the disguise. He orders Commander Im to take Sonmi out of Seoul.

An implanter comes in and removes Sonmi’s collar, giving her a real soul. Her new name is Yun-An Yoo. The next stop is Madam Ovid, a facescaper who makes it so that Sonmi can pass for a pureblood.

On the way out of the city, they are stopped by guards but play stupid. Once outside the city, they drive to a genomics unit housing unborn fabricants. Sonmi asks why the Union went through so much trouble to find her. Hae-Joo explains that Nea So Copros is slowly killing itself with capitalism, and since fabricants are the perfect organic machinery, Nea So Copros did not slide back into barbarism with the rest of the world. The Union wants to use Sonmi as a figurehead for the revolution, and their plan is to make all the fabricants in the city ascend at the same time.

Eventually they come to a mountainside colony made up of purebloods who live off the land. The Abbess is the oldest; she believes in Siddharta and reincarnation. Sonmi notices that the colonists seem happy compared to the city dwellers.

The next day they continue their journey. On a bridge, they run into an expensive-looking car. A man and a woman step out, and the man throws a living fabricant doll off the edge.

At nightfall, they reach Pusan. Hae-Joo has a room in the city. He leaves to attend a Union meeting and leaves Sonmi in the apartment. When he gets back, he shows her the ocean out the window.

General Apis wants Sonmi to see something before she makes her decision about whether or not to become a figurehead for the revolution. Hae-Joo takes Sonmi aboard Papa Song’s ship, the Golden Ark, where twelve-starred fabricants are promised a lifetime of happiness for their hard service. Inside, there are hundreds of server fabricants lined up, excited about their new life. They go through into a room where they are killed, and then taken to be butchered and reused in other fabricants as well as the production of Soap.

The Archivist is shocked at what Sonmi is describing, and downright denies it.

After the horrific scene, Sonmi agrees to join the revolution. She spends the next 3 weeks writing the Declaration. After the text was completed, she knew she would be arrested. She knew the whole thing had been a script. The Union provides Nea So Copros with the perfect enemy to keep social cohesion. They have made every pureblood fear fabricants. Sonmi went along with it because she knew her declarations would be heard throughout Nea So Copros.

Sonmi’s story is now finished. She asks for one last request from the Archiver, his laptop. She wants to finish watching The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish.

The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish

 

November 5th Timothy wakes up in a hospital, before being given drugs to fall back asleep.

November 6th he wakes up again, unable to remember his own name.

November 7th the doctor informs him that he’s had a stroke. He remembers his name, but the rest of his identity remains fuzzy. Because of the stroke, he has trouble speaking, moving, and cannot go to the bathroom by himself.

One day he suddenly remembers everything. He stays in the hospital for over a month.

All he can do once he gets out is read to pass the time. He begins editing Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery. Tim is frustrated by the lack of ending and wishes for the second volume. He finds Aurora’s library, but it is sparse.

Once afternoon get goes outside and begins poking around the bushes, looking for gaps in the wall. He finds none. He does, however, find the boiler room. Inside sit Ernest Blacksmith, Veronica Castello, and Mr. Meeks. Ernie gives Timothy some Irish Malt, and they become friends. They spend their time complaining about being elderly, Nurse Noakes, and wanting to escape. Timothy begins visiting the boiler room every day.

December 15th Timothy sneaks out of his room in the middle of the night and finds a phone available. He calls his brother’s house and his sister-in-law answers. Denny has been dead for weeks, and there is no one to get him out of Aurora House. In the middle of the conversation, he is found out by Nurse Roakes and made an example of for the other patients.

The next day, Ernie reveals that the nurse spiked his food on purpose in order to give him a stroke. Tim doesn’t want to believe it, and an argument breaks out. That night, he dreams that the second volume of Half-Lives is above his bed.

On Christmas Eve, he approaches a resident with a postcard to send to his sister-in-law. The resident says he’ll send it out. The next morning Tim finds a misshapen sock above his mantle. He thinks Ernie put it there, but all that is inside is his ripped up postcard.

Tim goes to the boiler room to apologize to Ernie, who has a plan to get them all out.

December 28th is D-Day, the day they’re all going to escape.

First, Tim calls Mrs. Hotchkiss’s son and tells John that his mother is dying and talking about family jewels. John says he’ll be at Aurora in half an hour.

After the call, Ernie goes to Nurse Noakes and tells her that Timothy is dead. Timothy waits in a nearby room, and when Nurse Noakes goes in to check on him, he locks her in his room. Ernie nails the door shut.

In the reception room, John Hotchkiss is demanding to be let in the gate. Veronica presses the button to let him in, and the three of them go outside. John and his wife hurry out of the car, and Tim, Ernie and Veronica highjack it. They find the keys and begin driving around. The caretaker is chasing after them. The only way out is through the closed gate, and they ram into it, forcing it open.

Once on the road, they find Mr. Meeks in the car with them. They stop at a pub, several miles out, and order a round of drinks. Tim realizes he left the map in his room with Nurse Noakes, with their route marked in.

Mr. Withers and John show up at the pub, but they provoke the local pub-goers and get beaten up in a good, old-fashioned brawl. The four elderlies escape unnoticed.

At the end of the road, Timothy parts ways with the others and calls Mrs. Latham. She has taken care of all the financials since he’s been gone. His publishing company has been sold, but his debts are paid and he has money. He plans on hiring a ghostwriter to turn his story into a movie.

Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery

 

  1. Water is getting inside Luisa’s car. She unbuckles herself and gets out the window, before realizing the report is still inside. She goes back in to get it, but is running out of air.
  2. Isaac Sachs gets the feeling he will never see Luisa again. Isaac writes in his notebook about history and truth; a theory of history as a series of shells nested in shells. He admits he has fallen for Luisa right before the jet he is on explodes.
  3. Bill Smoke reports to Lloyd Hooks that Alberto, Isaac and Luisa have all been taken care of.
  4. Hester Van Zandt is watching divers at the river. Back at her trailer, Milton is watching Luisa. She is going to go into hiding to avoid any more assassination attempts. Milton offers to drive her to Buenas Yerbas.
  5. Milton calls Napier and offers him Luisa’s location for money.
  6. When Luisa opens the door to her apartment, Javier is there and says her Uncle Joe is here to see her. Napier tries to convince Luisa he doesn’t want to hurt her.
  7. Napier was a cop in 1945, and Luisa’s father saved him from a grenade, losing his own eye in the process. Napier came here to warn her, to tell her about Bill, but Luisa ignores his warning.
  8. Javier and Luisa walk downstairs. Javi asks if it is possible to change the future.
  9. Bill Smoke is attending a fundraiser hosted by Judith Rey, Luisa’s mother. Luisa enters the room.
  10. Luisa is eating dinner and scares away some possible suitors.
  11. Bill Smoke introduces himself to Luisa’s mother. Luisa is intensely watching news of the Jet explosion that killed Isaac and Alberto.
  12. Back at the magazine, Spyglass is being sold.
  13. Fay Li makes a visit to Joe’s office. They tell him that he is being let go early.
  14. At the music store, Luisa hears an intensely familiar melody, but she cannot place it. It is actually the Cloud Atlas Sextet.
  15. K.P. Ogilvy fires Luisa. Luisa asks if the company buying Spyglass also works with Seaboard. He averts her question.
  16. Joe is driving out to his log cabin. He tries to relax, but dreams about Bill Smoke killing Margo.
  17. Luisa spent the night at her Mother’s. In the morning, she is reading news about Seaboard’s new CEO, Lloyd Hooks.
  18. Luisa goes to her regular diner, only to find her old boss there. He was blackmailed by Seaboard to let them fire Luisa, and gives her some of his contacts to help with her investigation.
  19. Luisa packs up her office, and, in her mail, she finds the envelope Robert sent before he died. Inside is a safe deposit key.
  20. Robert writes that he left a copy of the report in the safe. Luisa drives to the bank.
  21. Fay Li and three armed men are waiting inside the saferoom for Luisa to arrive. They grab her and take the key. Li orders Luisa killed, and reveals she is working for a client who wants to take down Seaboard. When Luisa is taken out, Li opens the box and grabs the report, triggering a bomb.
  22. Luisa is knocked over from the blast. She is picked up by a fireman who takes her towards a black chevy.
  23. Joe Napier hits the “fireman” over the head with a bat. Joe and Luisa walk towards the crowd to get away from Bill Smoke’s men. They enter a warehouse.
  24. Bill Smoke and his men follow them.
  25. Joe and Luisa run through the warehouse while being shot at. They find an emergency exit. Joe shoots it open, and inside is a sweatshop. Inside, one of the men threatens to shoot them, when a Mexican worker hits him over the head with a wrench. Luisa and Joe are unhurt.
  26. On the subway, Joe and Luisa regroup. Joe says he has someone flying in.
  27. Megan Sixsmith is sitting at a museum. Luisa sits down beside her. Luisa tells Megan Robert was murdered. Megan tells Luisa that he may have left a copy of his report on his yacht.
  28. On the way to the Starfish, Joe and Luisa pass the restored Prophetess. Luisa is strangely drawn to the ship, and her birthmark throbs. Aboard the yacht, they find a copy of the report. Bill Smokes appears and shoots Joe.
  29. Joe manages to shoot Bill before he dies.
  30. Margo wakes up in the hospital.
  31. The story is out, and Lloyd Hooks is on the run. Luisa reads the newspaper, a postcard from Javier and opens a package from Megan containing Robert’s final letters to Rufus Sixsmith.

Letters from Zedelghem

 

10th, X, 1931: Arys is sick with syphilis, and cannot work on music with Robert. Robert begins working on his own music.

One morning, Robert takes a drive with Morty Dhondt. They go to a village called Zonnebeke, where Robert’s brother, Adrian, is possibly buried. Adrian died in the war. He can’t find the grave and leaves flowers on a random soldier’s plot. On their way back, a pheasant hits their windshield. Robert puts it out of its misery with a rock. At the next village, they come to, Morty takes his car to a shop. Robert talks to an M.D. about human nature and war. The M.D. predicts that humans will wipe themselves out before the century is up.

21st, X, 1931: Arys recovered from his sickness, and will be able to work again soon. Robert is becoming obsessed with his new sextet.

Next day: Arys tries to copy Robert’s work and claim it isn’t plagiarism. They get into an argument, and Robert walks out.

Some days later: Jocasta begs Robert to stay. Eva gets home from Switzerland, and Robert goes to dinner with her at her boarding house. One of the daughters of the house sets her sights on marrying Robert. After dinner, the party goes on a walk. They visit the old clock tower. Eva admits she has fallen in love with a foreigner, and Robert is shocked because he thought she hated him.

24th, X, 1931: Robert reprimands Sixsmith for not writing him back. He rants about being stuck in Belgium.

29th, X, 1931: Robert dreams of Eva, thinks he has fallen for her.

6th, XI, 1931: Arys asks Robert to write a composition for him without a coauthor script. Robert refuses, and Arys threatens to ruin his reputation in the music world. He knows about Robert sleeping with Jocasta, in fact, he sent her to seduce him. Arys sends Robert out of the music room.

Before dawn, Robert packs his bags. He sneaks into Arys room and steals his pistol before going to Eva’s empty room and leaving her a note asking her to meet him at the clock tower. He gets out of the house and is stopped by Mrs. Dhondt, who gives him a ride into Bruges. Robert desperately wants to say goodbye to Eva and checks into a hotel in town.

Before he left, he found the other half of Adam Ewing’s Journal underneath his bed, and plans on reading it.

Near the endth, XI, 1931: Robert is working non-stop on his Cloud Atlas Sextet. He vows it is going to be his masterpiece, and he will never write anything better.

Eva never met him at the clock tower, and he waits for her every day. He becomes obsessed with trying to get in touch with her and follows her around town.

25th, XI, 1931: An unfortunate incident has happened, and Robert ends up with a nasty cold and a bunch of scrapes and bruises. He ran into Eva but doesn’t reveal anything about the incident.

The hotel manager comes in and demands proof that he  can pay the bill. Robert tells him that he will go to the bank tomorrow.

Next day: Robert tells what happened when he went to see Eva. He couldn’t catch her at the clock tower or at school, so he goes directly to the boarding house. There is a party, and he crashes it, screaming her name. Eva appears with her fiancé, a swede, and Robert realized he assumed wrong at the clock tower. She was never in love with him. Robert is thrown out into the cold.

Six or seven days later: Robert apologizes for not sending the letter, it was buried under clutter. Robert was visited by a man named Verplancke, who reveals that Eva’s fiance’s father is a powerful banker. He wants Robert out of the hotel and gives him 7 days to complete his sextet.

Quarter past four in the morning 12th, XII, 1931: Robert saw Sixsmith looking for him at the clock tower in Bruges, and is touched by his friend’s concern. He tells Sixsmith that he is his only love in this life, and didn’t talk to him because he didn’t want Sixsmith to blame himself for what is going to happen.

The Cloud Atlas Sextet is completed, and it is a masterpiece. Robert can now kill himself knowing he gave something to the world. He doesn’t see a point in going on living when he knows he will never produce anything better. He knows that he is going to be reincarnated and believes that the world endlessly cycles over and over. He tells Sixsmith goodbye.

The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing

 

None of the sailors join Adam and Henry at their worship. The ship sights land, and the captain says they will be stopping. He asks both Adam and Henry to come ashore. They arrive without trouble, but there is no one visible in the village. It is a Sunday, so everyone is at church. When they exit, they are wary of the newcomers.

The captain addresses the preacher and lies about the ship being full of godly men to gain the trust of the priest. Preacher Horrox had come to the island as a missionary, and now has established a church and trade. He invited them to his house for lunch. There he reveals that the natives work for the preacher in exchange for schooling for their children and credit at the preacher’s general store. The captain proposes the priest send cargo to trade with them to San Francisco and promises he’ll fetch a good price.

Once the natives find out Henry is a doctor, they flock to him for relief from their ailments. Henry is too kind to turn them away.

Adam goes out to explore the shores of Bethleham Bay. At the church, he finds a priest teaching the natives about the wonderful properties of tobacco, and all the members are smoking. A white man explains to Adam that the natives don’t need industrialization because they are too happy. If they’re addicted to tobacco, they’ll work for the priest to buy it from his general store.

Monday, 9th December: Mr. Wagstaff strolls with Adam on the island. A young missionary, he doesn’t actually like life at the cape. A group of naked children run by, most of them are black, but Mr. Wagstaff’s son is also among  them, naked. He is angry at his wife for letting his child run around like a savage. His wife is a local, and he married her his first day on the island. He has no love for her and beats her and his son.

Adam asks why there are so many bibles in the church, and Mr. Wagstaff answers that there aren’t enough natives anymore to take them; they are being wiped out by disease.

At dinner, Priest Horrox explains his philosophy, the hierarchy of races, with white man at the top and negro at the bottom. The Polynesians on his isle are right about negros. He believes the lower races headed for extinction because God doesn’t want them to be alive.

Mr. Henry argues that the reason the white man is on top is because of his powerful weapons and love for material objects. When Henry is alone with Adam, he expresses disdain at the preacher’s beliefs.

The next morning they are waiting for the skiff to take them back to the Prophetess. Adam notices Mr. Wagstaff acting as overseer and carrying a whip.

Back on the Prophetess, someone has tried to break into Adam’s trunk but didn’t succeed in getting it open.

Monday, 16th December: The ship is crossing the equator. The “virgins” on the ship, those who haven’t crossed before, are hazed. Their beards are shaved, and they are dunked repeatedly.

Wednesday, 18th December: The crew members catch a shark and butcher it.

Friday, 20th December: Adam wakes up in the middle of the night with a giant cockroach crawling on his face.

Sunday, 22nd December: There is a pod of six whales sighted.

Christmas Eve: Adam’s fingers are so swollen Henry cuts off his wedding band.

Christmas Day: Christmas dinner makes Adam feel ill. Rafael asks him if God can forgive anything.

Later: Adam is steadily getting worse. Dr. Henry’s medicine isn’t helping anymore. Adam sees Rafael passed out drunk on deck, and Boerhaave carries him to the sleeping quarters.

Boxing Day: Rafael hanged himself. Adam is devastated and wonders if it is his fault for not giving the boy sound advice.

Friday, 27th December: Adam approaches the captain, charging Boerhaave and the gang of continuously raping Rafael, leading to his suicide. On deck, he runs into Boerhaave, who tells Adam the stink of decay is on him.

Saturday, 28th December: Adam is still thinking about Rafael. It is getting harder to write.

Sunday, 29th December: Adam is ill.

Monday, 30th December: Death is hours away. Adam asks Henry to send the journal to his family.

Sunday, 12th January: On New Year’s Eve Adam was near death. Henry gives him a potion to get rid of his parasite for good. Adam falls asleep.

When he wakes up, they are nearing San Francisco. Autua is trying to see Adam, but Henry won’t let him, and lies about his condition. Adam realizes Henry has been poisoning him. Henry sees Adam is awake and mocks him, revealing that he killed him for the estate in his trunk.

Later Adam wakes up on deck, retching. Autua is holding him and takes him off the boat and into an infirmary. Autua stays with Adam for 10 days, nursing him back to health. Henry is never found.

Monday, 13th January: Adam is in the garden. He philosophizes that belief shapes the world for humanity, and that selfishness in humanity spells extinction for the species. He decides to join the Abolitionist movement.

“Am I betraying Ender?”

On the faster-then-light ship, Miro, Quara, Ela and Val continue trying to decipher the Descoladores language. It’s slow going. They know the Descoladores communicate by transmitting molecules, but they don’t know what any of the molecules mean. The only context they have is their knowledge of the Descolada and the way that the virus communicates. Quara suggests sending some of their information on the Descolada to the Descoladores and then see if they respond with anything familiar.

“Too dangerous.” Says Jane. “You’re suggesting we give to them precisely the weapon they used to devastate the Pequeninos planet…why not just slit our own throats and send them the blood?” Miro reminds her that they don’t have much time to figure this out. Their air will run out in only a few weeks. “We’re giving away too much.” Insists Jane, much to Quara’s annoyance. Jane tells that whatever benefits there might be to sending the Descoladores this information, they might also be giving them intelligence that they couldn’t get any other way.

With no other options, though, they decide to go ahead and send the information, so they can analyze what the Descalodores send back in response. “If we’re even on the right track.” Says Miro. Quara scolds him for being negative. “Can’t we all just get along.” Teases Jane. Quara snaps back at Jane. “Stay out of family conversations, do you hear?” Miro tries to argue back, but Jane silences her. “[Quara] you are quite brilliant and very good at what you do… but you are not smart enough… to make it worth putting up with more than fifteen seconds of the egregious bullshit you heap on you and everyone else.” Jane tells Quara that if she continues to behave abrasively, that Jane might develop a negative attitude toward her that could make it difficult to bring her back to Lusitania if she regains her ability to perform faster-then-light travel.

Quara takes this as a threat. “I would never kill you.” Corrects Jane. “[But] the thought of you might be so unendurable that my unconscious mind would reject that thought and exclude you.” Quara continues to rant angrily against Jane until Jane finally leaves them room. Miro follows and finds her weeping in another compartment of the ship. Miro realizes that she’s crying out of anger. She’s had no experience dealing with human emotions first hand and, now that she has a body of her own, she’s having trouble coping with the emotional stresses of it.

“It was so simple before I felt these things.” Miro tells her that all people have the same difficulties and that she just needs time to accustom herself to dealing with her feelings. “Quara never learned.” Says Jane. Miro tells her that Quara’s behavior is likely a result of the abusive household they grew up in. Before Ender married Novinha, she was married to an abusive man who routinely assaulted her. Quara grew up watching the two of them fight and, wanting her father’s attention, adopted a goading personality out of the subconscious hope that someone would treat her similarly.

Discussing Miro’s family life prompts Jane to start crying even harder. She tells Miro that she misses Ender who, in addition to being her closest companion for the majority of her life, was also much like a father to her. Miro is sad to realize that to an extent Jane will always care for Ender for than she does for him. Jane tells him to think of it as he thinks of Quara’s need for her own, long dead father. “I don’t want you to be my father she says.”

Jane kisses Miro and tells him that she loves him. “I want to be human, Miro, I want to do everything. I want to be part of human life from edge to edge. And I want do it all with you.” Jane asks Miro if he’d like to get married, and though Miro says they should keep it to themselves for the moment, he agrees. They rejoin Quara and Ela in the main part of the ship and continue their research.

“Till death ends all surprises”

Peter and Wang-mu join Grace and Malu on a tour of a nearby university where Malu’s followers, per Jane’s instructions, have spent the past weeks saving essential parts of her computer self to be uploaded back to the Ansible network once it’s restored. Their hope is that the programs will eventually spread across the entirety of the network, and that Jane will in turn be able to reconnect and reclaim control of the Ansible as she did before.

If Jane can’t reconnect to the Ansible, there’s a decent chance that her aiua will never again have the strength it needs to perform faster-then-light travel again. Though the prime importance of this at present is to save Miro, Ela, Quara and Jane herself from dying in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet, Wang-mu and Peter both have a stake in it as well. Neither of them wants to live out their life on the planet Pacifica, and without faster-then-light travel, they’ll be forced to rely on relative space travel, which will cause decades to pass them by every time they travel.

They’re shown to the computers storing Jane’s essentially parts. Though the Ansible network is still shut down, the Ansible of Pacifica is being used to form a smaller, contained network that will serve as the foundation of Jane’s digital restoration. They begin uploading the necessary files to this new network. “How will we know if all of this has worked?” Asks Wang-mu. “Peter will tell us,” replies Grace. If their plan is successful, Jane should be able to communicate to him again through the implant he wears.

On Lusitania Grego and Olhado are waiting in an open field. The faster-then-light ship is supposed to be returning from the Descoladores’ planet soon, if Jane’s aiua can find the strength to move it again. The network on Pacifica goes online and they wait to see if the ship will return.

Aboard the faster-then-light ship, they have sent out a message to the Descoladores and received a reply. As they try to analyze it, they receive a message from Pacifica. Recognizing this to mean that her digital parts have been restored to the makeshift network there, Jane decides to try and transport them back to Lusitania. She sits back in a chair and seems to pass out. Miro knows this to mean that she’s left her body and that her aiua is trying to take them home. He holds her hand and sits with her to wait and see what happens.

Jane’s aiua travels the philotic network and makes its way to the network Malu and his followers have set up for her on Pacifica. It is leagues smaller than the network she’s used to, and she worries that she won’t be able to move the faster-then-light ship with so little to work with. She tells her allies on Pacifica that they have been successful in their efforts and sets herself to her own task.

Knowing the Pacifica network lacks the space she’ll need to move the ship, she begins looking for more. As she searches, she realizes the Mothertrees might be able to provide the space she needs. Their bodies are massive and their aiua small. She connects herself to the network of the Mothertrees and moves the faster-then-light ship back to Lusitania. On Pacifica, Malu can sense that she’s been successful and rejoices. Wang-mu and Peter join in the happiness. With faster-then-light travel possible again they’ll be able to travel as they want.

Aboard the faster-then-light ship, Quara begins to panic. “We’re cut off!” She declares. “I was getting [the Descoladores’] broadcasts and suddenly now there’s nothing!” Miro realizes that the messages have stopped because they’re no longer in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet. Jane has returned them home.

Jane wakes up. “You did it.” Miro tells her. “And rather easily.” She replies. “After all that worry.” Quara, realizing what’s happened is angry. “How dare you do it without so much as a warning!” Miro realizes that Quara is angry because of Jane’s earlier warning that she might be left behind. She was scared and her anger is in part her expressing her relief at not having died. They leave the ship and Jane marvels at the sights and sounds, this being the first time she’s seen a planet through human eyes.

“How they communicate with animals.”

The fleet bound for Lusitania has almost arrived. Aboard the fleet’s flagship its commanding officer, Admiral Bobby Lands, contemplates what’s about to happen. He has no desire to destroy Lusitania, the Pequeninos or the people living there but recognizes the danger of the Descolada and knows that he must follow his orders even if it means a second Xenocide and himself being remembered by a monster throughout history.

Throughout the Hundreds World, the Ansible is reconnected, albeit in a limited fashion that prevents Jane from inhabiting wholly. On Divine Wind, Yasujiro uses this as an opportunity to contact his family members and business associates to relay to them what Hikari has told him about the moral evil of the impending destruction of Lusitania.

As Yasujiro waits for a response, he can’t help but contemplate the consequences of these messages, should his family and associates not agree with what Hikari has said. His life and career will be effectively ended. To his relief, the head of his family replies with a message affirming their support of Hikari’s viewpoint and tells him that already their agents are contacting the Necessarian members of the Starways Congress to try and turn their support away from destroying Lusitania. With support for the act already shallow, there’s a decent chance they’ll succeed.

On Lusitania, their sensors pick up the fleet slowing down from relativistic speeds. As the fleet draws near the last remnants of the colonists flee to the last remaining spaceships on the planet’s surface. The Pequeninos and the Buggers do no such thing. For the Pequeninos, there is no life without their forests and the Hive Queen can’t bear to leave her friends among the Fathertrees. She resolves herself to face the coming doom as her ancestors did when Ender destroyed their homeworld three thousand years before.

Jane, having regained her ability to transport objects at faster-then-light speeds begins removing the ships with the human colonists. Before she will remove anyone else, she insists on evacuating Novinha and her family as well as Valentine and her children. The object to the specific treatment but Jane insists. “I will not stand by and let you be killed when I have it in my power to save [Ender’s family].” Miro, Ela and Quara are returning to the Descoladores’ planet to continue their research. Jane forces the rest of the family to join them and along with herself, teleports them away. She then begins evacuating the other colonists.

With their ship back in orbit over the Descoladores’ world Miro, Ela and Quara set back to their research as best they can. With Lusitania’s potential destruction about to occur they find it difficult to concentrate but do the best that they can. As they examine the message they received from the Descoladores, they realize that it’s a molecule. The molecule is designed in such a way that if it were absorbed into a human body, it would incapacitate them.

They realize that the messages they’re receiving aren’t communication; they’re biological commands meant to manipulate their bodies and bend them to the will of the Descoladores. This doesn’t bode well for communicating with them. For one, they have no way of knowing how to send any useful sort of information in the form of a molecule and likewise, the contents of the molecule the Descoladores sent them suggests that they may be hostile. Ela suggests communicating to them aiua to aiua via Jane. “Maybe Jane can find some way to connect to them philotically.” Miro agrees it’s a possibility but tells her that it will have to wait. Jane’s attention is utterly consumed by the task of evacuating Lusitania.

Aboard the fleet Admiral Lands has received a message from the Congress. At the last minute, many of their members decided to change their minds and vote against destroying Lusitania. “You are not authorized to use the Molecular Disruption Device.” Lands can’t believe what he’s hearing or understand why Congress, without the benefit of any new information, would change their mind. As far as they know, Lusitania is still a threat to human life. Despite his new orders, Lands decides to attack the planet anyways and launches the M.D. device. With that done he surrenders himself to his second in command and they wait for the missile to reach the planet.

“We’re giving you a second chance”

A satellite orbiting Lusitania detects the launch of the M.D. device and relays the information to the faster-then-light ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet. Jane can’t believe it. “Congress voted to establish a quarantine and specifically denied the fleet authority to launch the M.D. device.” She tells them. Miro tells her that they have at most half an hour before the M.D. device destroys Lusitania. He suggests she use her faster-then-light ability to move it to the philote realm and leave it there. She tells him that there’s no knowing what kind of damage the M.D. device could do there. “Besides. I can’t pick things up that I haven’t had a chance to examine.” She’s never seen or touched the M.D. device so she can’t move it. Miro asks if Peter still wears an implant to speak with her.

On Pacifica Jane tells Peter that the fleet has launched the M.D. device. Peter isn’t sure what to do but asks Jane to take him back to Lusitania. Wang-mu insists on going too. Their ship is too far away, so Jane transports their bodies without it. Jane sends them to the starport on Lusitania. Seeing the ships, Peter gets an idea. He and Wang-mu board a ship. He then has Jane track the M.D. device and then teleports their ship so that it’s travelling at the same speed, with the M.D. device inside it. With the missile inside the ship, Peter touches it, allowing Jane to examine and memorize its form.

Jane then teleports the M.D. device back onto Admiral Lands’ ship. She sends Peter and Wang-mu as well. They’re almost immediately confronted by Lands and his second in commander who are horrified to see the active M.D. device aboard their ship. They deactivate the missile as Peter explains what’s going on. He tells them that the Descolada is no longer a threat and that the Pequeninos along with having learned how to use much of human technology are now allied with a third alien race: the resurrected Buggers.

Peter tells Lands that had he succeeded in destroying Lusitania he would have been wiping out not just the Pequeninos, but also the Buggers. Lands is horrified. “I thought it was the right thing.” Peter tells him that he should think of this as a second chance to redeem the mistake he almost made. Peter tells them that the Lusitanians have also discovered faster-then-light travel, which is what allowed them to move the M.D. device back onto Lands’ ship. He says that if Congress wants access to this new technology, they will restore the Ansible network to its former form and allow Jane unlimited access to it. Lands agrees to inform Congress of what’s happened.

With that situation corrected, Peter and Wang-mu teleport to the ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet where Wang-mu introduces herself to everyone.

“How do you know they aren’t quivering in terror”

Aboard the faster-then-light ship in orbit over the Descoladores’ planet, the group is discussing what to do about the Descoladores. Though they haven’t been studying this new race long, all signs point to them being an entity that humanity, the Pequeninos and the Buggers won’t be able to communicate with. More troubling is the fact that their messages are made up of molecules designed to incapacitate human beings, which hints at unfriendly intentions.

Quara says that they may have to destroy the Descoladores if they prove hostile. Just weeks earlier Quara had been staunchly against destroying the Descolada on account of her belief that the virus might be a sentient race. Her sudden support of violence against another race surprises her friends and family to no small degree. “You’re thinking of blowing up a world populated by a sentient race?” Asks Wang-mu.

Quara explains that she only suggests this as a last resort and that she believes they need to study the Descoladores further. Miro takes it further, suggesting that they should study them until they find a way communicate with them and never give up on it. “We can keep a fleet watching this planet.” Suggests Peter. “For centuries. For millennia. There’s no hurry.” Says Peter. “I think that’s dangerous.” Replies Quara.

Peter, frustrated with her attitude, tells her that she’s just acting on her impatience to see the situation resolved. “You are not part of this project.” Quara tells him. Peter tells her that if this is the attitude she’s going to have, then he will have Jane bring her back to Lusitania and make sure she never goes near the Descoladores again. This enrages Quara.

Jane returns their ship to Lusitania and they all depart to enjoy the planet, now free of an impending doom for the first time in decades. Quara, however, remains on the ship, sullen. Wang-mu decides to speak with her, to try and calm her anger. Quara tells her to leave, but Wang-mu refuses. Quara continues to be abrasive and insulting, but Wang-mu continues to talk with her. As they converse, Wang-mu recognizes that in a way Quara has allowed herself to become a form of varelse. She’s made herself into an alien, unable to properly communicate with the people around her. Wang-mu resolves herself to break through Quara’s anger and help her through the issues that have plagues her through her life.

“The road goes on without him now”

With the various crisis’s threatening Lusitania resolved, a funeral is held to mourn Ender’s death. Plikt serves as a Speaker for him, reciting the story of his life before an audience of humans and Pequeninos. There’s even a Bugger present to serve as eyes for the Hive Queen. As Valentine watches, she remembers her life with Ender, his trials and tribulations and the guilt he suffered for his part in the destruction of the Buggers. Seeing the various species sitting together, though, she believes that for all the harm that Ender may have done in his life he may have managed to do even more good.

After Ender’s funeral Valentine, along with her friends and family journeys out to the Pequenino forest that neighbors Milagre. Under the shadow of the new Mothertree, a priest marries Miro and Jane and Peter and Wang-mu. With the ceremony finished, they say their good-byes and teleport away to start new journeys.

Katniss knows that Cinna has placed himself in a world of trouble by making this statement and she silently appreciates him but worries about him all the same. The crowd is beside themselves with sadness over the fact that Katniss and Peeta will never be able to get married as one of them will soon die but Peeta surprises the audience by telling them that he and Katniss are already married in their minds.

Peeta says that they performed a traditional marriage ceremony in District 12, though it is not legally binding; then he shares with the audience that Katniss is pregnant with his child, which catches Katniss by surprise. At the end of the interviews the tributes all take stage together, and, as a symbol of unity, they all join hands before the audience. The Capitol is outraged as this show of solidarity and sends everyone home who is not directly involved in the games.

The next morning Cinna dresses Katniss for her second turn in the Games and puts her into the tube that will bring her to the arena. The tube closes, but Katniss is not sent up to the arena right away, instead she is stuck watching as Cinna is beaten and dragged away by peacekeepers. Katniss is send up into the tube, in total shock, and finds herself in the middle of a huge body of water; the message to Katniss seems clear, a “girl on fire” cannot survive in water.

Katniss realizes that each tribute is standing on a platform in the water and must swim to a land arm that connects to the cornucopia; Katniss feels fortunate that she knows how to swim because she is sure that many tributes do not. When Katniss arrives at the cornucopia she finds that Finnick is the only other one there, but he seems to be wearing a gold bracelet just like the one she saw Haymitch wearing so she thinks he is supposed to be her ally, though she does not trust him.

Finnick saves Katniss from the District 5 man, and she takes the opportunity to take a bow and arrows from the stockpile of supplies. Katniss works with Finnick to fend off some of the other tributes. They soon realize that the cornucopia has nothing but weapons, no survival supplies, so they take as many weapons as they can.

Katniss sees Peeta still standing on his platform because he does not know how to swim so Finnick goes to rescue him and then gets Mags and the four of them quickly retreat. Katniss climbs a tree to check out the situation and sees that several tributes have died at the cornucopia. They decide to look for fresh water, but as they are walking Peeta walks straight into a force field and falls to the ground.

Peeta’s heart has stopped beating so Finnick performs some sort of strange act of breathing into Peeta’s lungs (CPR, though Katniss has does not know what it is called) to bring him back to life as Katniss screams and begs for him to come back to her.

After Finnick saves Peeta they decide they must find water now, especially because Peeta is weakened. Finnick asks Katniss how she knew a force field was there because he saw that she was about to yell before Peeta ran into it, and she tells them that she can hear the electricity with the ear that the Capitol fixed for her after the last Games; this is not true though, Katniss learned how to see force fields from Beetee.

They walk the perimeter of the force field, and find no water so they take the slope downward and decide to make camp for the night.Katniss goes out on her own and sees an animal in a tree that looks like a rat, and his mouth is wet; Katniss knows there must be water somewhere. Finnick and Mags have created a shelter for the four of them, and Katniss gives Peeta the rat creature she killed to cook for dinner.

That night eight faces are shown in the sky and Katniss realizes there are only eight of them left in the arena. Katniss gets a gift from a sponsor, and it is recognized as a spile; Katniss realizes she has to tap the trees for water and it works. As Katniss keeps watch that night, she hears a loud gong sound go off twelve times and struggles with what it could mean. Soon a fog comes over their camp that makes Katniss’ skin blister.

As Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Mags all run from the fog they realize that not only is it blistering their skin but it is also taking control of their nerves, making it difficult to have control over their bodies.Peeta and Mags are affected the worst, and cannot walk for themselves so Finnick carries Peeta and Katniss tries to carry Mags. Katniss cannot hold Mags for very long and Finnick knows he cannot carry both, which he tells Mags; to Katniss’ shock Mags gives Finnick a kiss on the cheek and runs into the fog, killing herself. As the three stumble to the water’s edge to escape, the fog Katniss realizes that the salt water greatly soothes her blisters and she shares this information with Peeta.

The two of them have to drag Finnick into the water because he is hurt worse than they are and cannot move for himself. Peeta goes to tap a tree and Katniss realizes that the monkeys in the trees seem to be congregating together, and staring down at them. Katniss calls to Peeta but as soon as he moves the monkeys attack. Katniss uses all her arrows and asks Peeta to throw her more, and he drops his knife in the process. Unarmed, Peeta is nearly attacked by a monkey but the girl from District 6 jumps in between Peeta and the monkey, saving him and badly injuring herself.

As the monkeys retreat, Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick try to help the girl who saved Peeta, but her wounds are too severe and they just keep her company and hold her hand while she dies. Katniss offers to keep watch so Finnick can rest that night, but he refuses, insisting that she sleep and Katniss can tell that Finnick wants some time to be alone so he can grieve for the loss of Mags.

In the morning, Katniss’ blisters itch terribly so she asks for Haymitch to send her something and only moments later she receives some tar ointment that looks atrocious but soothes the itching. Finnick catches some shellfish for breakfast, and the trio sees three other people stumbling out of the woods coughing; Katniss recognizes them as Johanna Mason from District 7 and Beetee and Wiress. Johanna seems to dislike Katniss and tells her that she only saved Beetee and Wiress for her, which Katniss does not understand. Beetee has injuries that Katniss attends to and Wiress keeps babbling incoherently “tick, tock, tick, tock”.

That night Katniss sees the lightning accompanied by twelve gongs sounds again and realizes what Wiress is trying to tell them; the arena is a clock.

Katniss tells everyone what Wiress has discovered; each section of the arena corresponds to a time on the clock and in each section of the clock a different kind of attack happens – the fog, the monkeys, etc. They decide to sit at the cornucopia and watch the different sections of the arena to see what each section does and at what time.

At the cornucopia, they restock their weapons and Peeta draws a picture of the arena in the sand so they can keep track of the sections. As they are distracted, the tributes from Districts 1 and 2 attack; Katniss and Johanna manage to kill the tributes from 1 but not before they kill Wiress.

The tributes from District two hide behind the cornucopia and Katniss chases after them but the island they are all standing on begins to spin out of control and everyone is forced to hold on for their lives. When the island stops spinning, Finnick saves Beetee from the water and Katniss swims out to Wiress’ body to get the wire that Beetee found in the cornucopia and seems so important to him.

The five who are remaining head back toward the jungle and despite Katniss’ uneasy feelings she goes off with Finnick to get water while Peeta stays on the beach with Johanna to make another clock drawing.  In the jungle, Katniss hears Prim’s screams.

Katniss runs after the voice and soon realizes that Prim’s scream is coming from a jabberjay, a genetically mutated bird, and Katniss kills the bird. When Finnick comes after her, he too hears the voice of someone he loves and runs off in the other direction. As Katniss and Finnick run away they come to a wall that does not let them get away from the birds, they have to wait until that section of the clock is done with its torture. Katniss and Finnick are both convinced that their loved ones are being tortured by the Capitol, and their screams were recorded, but Beetee assures them that it would be all too easy for the government to create the false screams of anyone they want.

That night they watch the faces of the dead flash in the sky and receive a gift of rolls from District 3. Beetee is sure to count the rolls before anyone eats them, and they decide to save some of them for later. Peeta and Katniss keep watch together that night and Katniss finds that Peeta has brought a locket with him that contains pictures of Mrs. Everdeen, Prim, and Gale; he uses the locket to try to convince Katniss to let him die to save her but Katniss refuses.

The next day Katniss tries to convince Peeta that they have to break away from the others because they will have to kill them soon enough, but Peeta thinks that they should wait. Beetee comes up with a plan that day to kill the District 2 tributes; he will run his wire from the lightning source that strikes at midnight into the water and kill the tributes when they are on the beach.

They all hike up to the lightning tree together, and Katniss tells them where the force field is so they stay away; Beetee is amused when the others tell him that Katniss can hear the force field because he knows that he taught her how to see it. After Beetee is done examining the tree, and the area around it they all go back to the beach where they dine on seafood and more rolls that have been sent from District 3.

The next day they all head to the lightning tree so Beetee can rig the electrical wire. Beetee tells Johanna and Katniss to run down to the jungle, carefully placing the wire, so they can quickly head off to section one of the clock where they will be safe. Katniss does not want to leave Peeta behind because she still worries that the others are going to turn on them and separating them will create the perfect opportunity; however, Katniss and Johanna are the fastest so it makes the most sense.

Halfway down the hill Johanna gives the wire to Katniss and shortly after the wire snaps back at Katniss and she finds herself being thrown to the ground with a hard blow; Katniss is barely conscious, but she can feel that Johanna is sitting on her and digging her knife into Katniss’ arm. When Katniss comes to, she is sure that her fears have been realized and she runs back up the mountain to get Peeta.

Katniss finds Beetee unconscious with wire securing a knife to his hand, and she remembers what Haymitch told her before she left for the Games – to remember who the real enemy is, which Katniss knows is the Capitol.  Katniss wraps the wire around one of her arrows and shoots it into the force field; sure that is what Beetee was trying to do.

Lightning strikes and Katniss sees the arena start to fall apart right in front of her eyes. A hovercraft comes and takes Katniss out of the arena, and she finds herself in the presence of the head gamemaker before she passes out. When Katniss comes to she finds herself in a medical room and Beetee is in the bed next to her; she is sure they have been captured by the Capitol. Katniss feels that Peeta must be getting tortured, so she grabs a syringe that she plans to use to kill him so he will not suffer, and goes down the hall.

Katniss hears Finnick’s and Haymitch’s voices coming from another room along with the head gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee. Katniss reveals her presence and she is told that there was a plan in place all along to rescue Katniss from the arena and many of the other tributes had made their promise to save Katniss and Peeta at all costs, even if it meant their own lives. Katniss has become the face of the rebellion, and she needs to live to spark hope in others and they knew that if Peeta did not survive then Katniss would not be a strong enough leader.

Katniss finds out that Peeta was not rescued by them; however, because the Capitol got to him before they could, and also finds out that they are on their way to District 13 where people are still living and the rebellion is stationed. Katniss is devastated by her fear for what is happening to Peeta in the Capitol and confused at the new information. Gale comes into the room, injured, and tells Katniss that her family is fine but District 12 has been destroyed.

What Happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, Etc.

The group sets out to rescue Cunegonde and the old woman, and on the way the Baron and Pangloss tell their tales. Candide apologizes to the Baron for stabbing him, but the Baron graciously forgives him. He says that after he was stabbed a surgeon took him in and nursed him back to health. Later, he was abducted by Spanish troops and sent to prison. Eventually, he ended up employed in Constantinople where he was caught bathing with a Muslim. For this crime,  he was sent to the galley as a slave.

After hearing the Baron’s story, Candide asks Pangloss to reveal how he survived. Since the Inquisition has more experience burning people than hanging them, they did not tie the knot well, and his flow of air was not entirely cut off. A surgeon took his “corpse” home to dissect it, but when he cut into Pangloss’s body the philosopher screamed. Startled, the surgeon fell back, and his wife came to see what the commotion was. After Pangloss begged for their help the surgeon sewed him back up, and the wife nursed him back to health.

Later, Pangloss entered the service of a Venetian merchant and one day went into a mosque. There, he saw a beautiful young woman accidentally drop a bouquet that lay by her bosom. In returning it, Pangloss “took too long” and was ousted as a Christian. His crime was to be sent to the galley where he met the Baron, and they spent many days arguing about whose crime was worse. Candide asks Pangloss if, after all his hardships, he still believes everything is for the best. Pangloss still thinks that is true and does not renounce his philosophy.

How Candide Found Cunegonde and the Old Woman Again

During their conversation, Candide and the group arrive at the house of the prince. They see Cunegonde and the old woman outside doing laundry. The Baron and Candide are shocked at Cunegonde’s transformation – her skin is browned and wrinkled and she has lost all of her beauty. Candide ransoms Cunegonde and the old woman and decides, with the old woman’s advice, to buy a small farm.

Once they are settled, Cunegonde reminds Candide of his promise to marry her. She is not aware that she is no longer beautiful, and Candide cannot turn her down. The Baron, however, still insists that Candide cannot marry Cunegonde because of their slight difference in royal blood. Candide reminds the Baron of all that he has done for Cunegonde, and the fact that he just rescued the Baron from slavery. Still, the Baron insists that Candide cannot marry his sister while he is alive.

The Conclusion

In truth, Candide does not wish to marry Cunegonde because she is so ugly, but wants to prove the Baron wrong. He consults the others, who all have different opinions about how to deal with the Baron. They decide to send him back to the galley without telling Cunegonde, and go ahead with the plan.

Now that Candide is with Cunegonde and all his friends living in peace, he and the others should be happy. However, instead they are miserable and bored. Cunegonde keeps getting uglier and harder to handle, the old woman becomes increasingly feeble, and Cacambo, who works in the garden, curses his work. Martin is the only one who stays the same. From time to time,  they still talk about philosophy and good and evil. Candide wonders whether it would be worse to go through more hardships or to be bored as they are now. Martin comes to the conclusion that man is never satisfied. Even Pangloss, though he says everything is for the best, does not truly believe it.

One day Paquette and Friar Giroflee come to the farm. All the money Candide gave them is gone, and they are even worse off than before. Martin gloats at being right in that the money would only bring them more hardship instead of making them happy.

After a while, Candide and the others go to ask a famous Turkish philosopher about all the questions about life and happiness they have not been able to answer. The great philosopher is not helpful and slams the door in their faces. On their way home,  they meet an old man who invites them inside for food. Candide is impressed by the man and his children, as well as their simple lifestyle. Most of all, he realizes that they are happier than any others he has encountered on his journey, even the wealthy.

He decides that man was not born to be idle, and that everyone needs to work in the gardens on their estate. Each member of the household learns a skill and helps around the house. Sometimes, Pangloss reflects on the string of events leading up to their life on the farm. Candide listens to him, but always replies that they need to “cultivate the garden.”

Sazed is in his room, studying and transcribing the rubbings he found. He knows that these few pages of transcribed text could keep him busy for months or even years. Vin enters through his window and wants to talk to him about the deepness. Sazed talks about if the deepness is even real or if it’s just a made-up story, some propaganda spun by the Lord Ruler. Vin says she thinks it’s real and tells Sazed that she thinks it’s actually the mist itself. The log book and the rubbings don’t say the mist actually killed people but that people died because of the mist. That could be because a permenant mist that covered the ground would kill crops and live stalk, leaving people to die of starvation. Vin also tells Sazed about the mist spirit that has been following her.

The assembly gathers, and Elend gets an opportunity to explain what he has done with his father. He uses twenty minutes to tell of the situation with the two armies and how his meeting with Straff went. He tells them that he used Vin’s power to threaten Straff, a move that may protect the city for some time yet. Meanwhile, Vin tries to pay attention to Elend’s meeting. She sees Zane in the crowd, and he smiles at her. They then have nominations for who should run for king. Elend and Lord Penrod are nominated, and, lastly, Cett is nominated. The man reveals himself to be in the crowd.

Vin watches in shock as Cett reveals himself to the crowd and to the assembly. He uses his army outside the gates to threaten the people into voting for him. He also tells the crowd about the koloss army not too far away, a fact that Elend hasn’t told anyone.

Vin sits in her room, studying the stacks of papers she has there. OreSeur is there with her, and they talk about the religious beliefs of the kandra. They practically worship the Contract above all else, the agreement they have with their human masters. Meanwhile, Elend discovers that some of the wells in Luthadel are being poisoned by someone, probably one of the armies outside. Vin talks to Dockson, and in the conversation, she determines that he can’t be the spy. She and OreSeur turn their attentions toward a new option: Demoux, a captain of the guard.

Elend works to find a way to convince the assembly to name him king again, while Vin wants to tell him her theory about Demoux. Tindwyle gets upset with Sazed when she finds out that he helped write part of the laws Elend put into place a year ago. Vin leaves the group and finds Zane, who immediately attacks her. She thinks he wants to spar, like before, but the fight becomes aggressive and Vin must fight him to survive. Zane tells her that he was ordered to kill her and that this attack was a warning. There are also many refugees coming from the koloss army, on their way to seek refuge in Luthadel. After giving his two warnings, Zane leaves.

Vin tries on another custom-made dress. Tindwyl tells her that Elend has nearly learned as much as he can from her; he’ll now have to learn to be a good leader through experience. Elend prepares his armored escort and carriage to go and see Cett. Breeze decides not to go, since he and Cett have history, which would only make the situation worse. When Elend and Vin actually enter the keep Cett is staying in and talk to the man, they discover just how sincere he is. He doesn’t want his daughter back, trusting that Elend will take good care of her. Cett wants Elend to step down from the election for king, and in return he won’t have Elend killed when he is made king. They also talk about the fact that no atium was found in all of Luthadel. Finally, Cett dismisses the two.

Sazed wanders through warehouse full of refugees from the koloss attacks, trying to help and health where he can. Tindwyl comes in and talks to him. She wants to see what he’s found–the rubbings he’s been transcribing. Meanwhile, Breeze has been listening in on the conversation, soothing both people in a way that would make them more friendly to each other. He walks among the refugees, trying to sooth away bad emotions and make them feel better. Elend and Ham come in, and Elend wants to make sure all the people have the clothes they need. Later, Breeze goes into the keep and has a secret meeting with Clubs. Though they always seem to hate each other, they drink together and talk; they’ve struck up a strange companionship. Allrianne walks in and tries to steal Breeze away. Vin, watching from outside, discovers that Allrianne is a rioter, since she was rioting Breeze’s emotions. She and OreSeur then go to find Demoux, still certain that he is the kandra spy. They find him in a little meeting of the church of the Survivor. He can’t be a spy, Vin decides. Then who is?

Sazed and Tindwyl sit together in the study, pouring over the rubbings, searching their metalminds for any references to the deepness or Hero of Ages. It’s morning, meaning they’ve been at it all night long. Tindwyl knows the course of actions Sazed takes is different from what the keepers want, but she is willing to stay with him and study these things further. Meanwhile, Elend and Ham walk along the wall. Ham comments that Elend looks more kingly than ever. As they walk, Elend announces that he has an idea to help Luthadel’s situation.

Vin, Elend, and the rest of the crew arrive early for the day of the election for king. Before the voting begins, Vin, trying to figure out what Elend has up his sleeve, discovers that he has joined the church of the Savior, in an effort to curry votes from the skaa members of the assembly. Suddenly, a groups of allomancers attack Elend and Cett. Vin manages to fight off the men, getting badly hurt in the process. After the fighting, the vote is moved to a more secure location, and the assembly members each announce their vote. Surprisingly, Penrod, a nobleman from the assembly is chosen the new king. Elend hands over his crown and leaves.

Straff Venture is angry that Zane sent a group of his allomancers to their deaths while Vin still lives. Zane promises that he has a plan to take care of her. Meanwhile, Straff meets with Penrod, the new king of Luthadel. Penrod is planning to give Luthadel to Straff, opening the gates to him and handing over the kingship.  Straff, on the other hand, doesn’t want to enter the city while Vin still lives. Later, Zane tells Straff that he has been poisoned again. Zane leaves, and Straff is forced to ride hard back into the camp so his mistress can make him another antidote tea.

Vin awakes to see that Elend is with her. He tells her that he is not king, and he reports that OreSeur, who was badly hurt in the fight, is currently digesting a new set of bones. Vin feels that Elend is now scared of her somehow because of the way she fought those allomancers. Vin goes back to sleep, and awakes to find Zane there. He accuses her, saying that she could have killed those attackers easily had she not been so distracted with protecting Elend and other innocents. Later, OreSeur visits Vin, in another dog’s body. They talk more about the Contract that binds all kandra. Vin uses brass and duralumin to push strongly on OreSeur’s emotions. Even though he at first does not react at all, with enough force, Vin hurts him very badly, and she felt like she were controlling him for a moment. She apologizes for hurting OreSeur, and he leaves to get some rest. Vin promise to never tell anyone what she’s discovered about kandra.

Sazed and Tindwyl continue to talk about the things they are learning. Something doesn’t make sense about the rubbings, written by Kwaan. It seems that Kwaan did not trust Alendi, but he also knew Alendi was a good man. But if Kwaan knew Alendi was good, why did he have his nephew, Rashek, to mislead or even kill Alendi? Elend comes in and asks for advice. After a discussion, he decides that being king isn’t about a title, but about doing something to help others. He returns to his closet and retrieves the white suite, the one made for a king.

Elend is hard at work, helping the people. He’s sending men out to dismantle the wooden parts of keeps and houses to use as firewood. The many refugees are cold and hungry, and he wants to help them. Someone comes with news that one of the gates under the river has been broken. That is how someone has been getting into the city and poisoning the wells. Also, other reports say that an Inquisitor is lurking about the city. Elend decides to go out and talk to Jastes, with the koloss army, himself. He rides out and meets Jastes, unable to make any kind of deal. On the way out, Elend manages to fight and kill one smaller koloss, earning the sword and pouch as his own. He looks into the pouch and discovers how Jastes is controlling the koloss. He’s paying them.

Vin sees Elend, now returned from his meet with the koloss army, inured and resting. Zanes comes and says that Cett was the one that planed the attack at the voting ceremony. Vin gets angry and decides to attack Cett. Zane and Vin attack the keep that Cett has been staying at in Luthadel. Together, they kill guards and hazekillers. Fueled by rage, Vin kills quickly, working her way to Cett’s room. She realizes that Zane is using atium, while she has none, and yet she’s killing just as easily as he is. They finally get to Cett’s room, where he is with his son. Vin fights them at first, but when she discovers that neither of them is an allomancer and that Cett doesn’t have a single allomancer with him, she leaves them behind, injured and scared.

The crew sees that Cett’s army is now leaving, a result of Vin’s attack on his keep the night before. Elend does not know why Vin attacked Cett like that. Some in the crew think she’s crazy, but Elend just sees her as determined. They also discover that the “coins” Jastes has been using to control   the koloss are fake, wooden coins painted gold. Elend goes to find Vin, who is hiding in the city. He finds her with OreSeur’s help. She says she must leave Luthadel and go north, to Terris. Elend says he trust her to do the right thing. They have one large bead of atium, and Vin gives it to OreSeur to hold for her.

Sazed and Tindwyl compare notes, studying the rubbing and other references they’ve managed to find. Tindwyl admits that she doesn’t believe in these prophecies, her interest in them being purely academic. Sazed, on the other hand, thinks Vin might actually be the next Hero of the Ages. While they talk, they discover that someone–or something–has torn a piece from one of the transcription pages. Vin comes in, while they try to figure out at what point were they both gone or occupied to not have seen an intruder going through their things. Vin asks Sazed how she can know if she’s in love. They talk about trust. After Vin leaves, Elend comes in and starts asking similar questions. Elend thinks he and Vin are too different to make a couple, but Sazed says that, to him, they are more alike than they think. After Elend leaves, Sazed realizes that Luthadel is going to fall soon; he needs to get both Elend and Vin out of the city before that happens.

Sazed calls a meeting with the members of the crew: Dockson, Breeze, Ham, and Clubs. He doesn’t invite Elend, Vin, or Spook. They talk about how the city is sure to fall. Straff apparently is in no hurry to take Luthadel. Instead, he’ll back off and let the koloss attack the city first. The koloss will win and enter the city, pillaging as they go. Then, with the koloss weakened and tired from the fight, Venture will ride in like a hero and save the city, defeating the koloss and taking Luthadel for himself. Sazed says that Elend and Vin need to get out of the city before these things happen. He wants Spook and Tindwyl to go with them. The rest of the group will have to stay and fight and die. Meanwhile, Vin feels she must follow the drumming she hears all the time. In Straff’s camp, Zane is attacked by his father’s men. He defeats them, but spares his father. He leaves, saying that tonight he will take Vin with him and leave Luthadel. He tells Straff that he should wait for the koloss to attack and then take the city.

Vin is in her room with OreSeur when Zane visits. He wants her to come with him, but she says she can’t because she doesn’t want to leave Elend. When Zane sees that she won’t go, he attacks her. They fight. When Zane starts to burn atium, Vin asks OreSeur for the large bead, a bead Zan had given her before. OreSeur doesn’t respond to her command. Vin discovers that OreSeur is not OreSeur. He is TenSoon, Zane’s kandra. Of course! There was no other spy. The bones they found were TenSoon’s and he had killed OreSeur! Zane corners Vin, but Vin uses a massive soothing to take control of OreSeur/TenSoon and attack Zane from behind. She then cuts the bead of atium fro TenSoon. But this is another trick. The bead is lead, with only a thin layer of atium. Soon, Vin is left helpless against a Mistborn killer with atium. Vin decides that Zane can see what she’s about to do, or, rather, what she plans on doing. If she attacks without thinking, though, she can, see in Zane’s reaction what she is going to do, only to change it at the last possible second. The trick works, and Vin defeats Zane. After Zane dies, she thanks OreSeur/TenSoon for helping her win. His contract is void, and he must return to his people. Vin goes to find Elend.

Elend is in his study when Vin comes in, bloody from her fight with Zane. She tells him that she killed him. He calls for Sazed, who comes to help with the wounds. While she is there, on the ground, she asks Sazed if he knows any wedding ceremonies. Of course, he knows hundreds. Vin asks which one is the shortest, and Sazed recalls one that only requires a declaration of love between the bride and groom before an ordained witness. Vin and Elend both say that they love each other, and Sazed declares them married. The wounds are clean, and Sazed sends Vin to get some rest. He also gives them a fake map to find the Well of Ascension. If the couple follows the map, they’ll be gone from Luthadel for a long time.

Elend and Vin prepare to ride out of the city. Tindwyl decides to stay in Luthadel. Spooks gets ready to go, and Allrianne will ride out, at Breeze’s insistence. So the four of them ride out, Vin quickly having to fight pursuers from Straff’s army. Once they are free, Allrianne breaks off to find her father’s army. Meanwhile, some of the crew watch as the escape, now sure of their own coming doom. Straff Venture hears of the escapes, but he has problems of his own now. He’s getting sick, which he knows is the result of poisoning from his son, Zane. He sends for his mistress, Amaranta, to fix him an antidote, but he discovers that she isn’t preparing what she normally does. She is actually killing, as she has for a long time. There never was any poison. Zane never tried to kill his father. But Amaranta, in her constant fixing of teas for Straff, has been causing him to become addicted to a rare drug. Without that drug, Straff will die. Straff, in a rage, kills Amaranta and then swallows as much powder from her medicine cabnet as he can, hoping to accidentally swallow some of the drug he needs before he loses consciousness.

Allrianne has made her way to her father’s camp, with the help of some bandits she’s tamed with her rioting. Her father, Cett, is not happy to see her. She convinces him to go back and join the winning party in the battle that is to come, although Cett promises that will likely be Straff. Meanwhile, Elend wakes up on the third morning out of Luthadel. He and Vin share a tent now, and he finds himself surprisingly comfortable on the hard ground, with Vin next to him. They get up and prepare the fire. It’s just the three of them: Elend, Vin, and Spook. Meanwhile Straff wakes up in bed. His men have taken care of him, and they’ve isolated the plant he needs to stay alive. When he hears that Vin and Elend have left the city, the men ask if they should attack now. Straff says no; they should pull back and wait for the koloss. Sazed meets with the others to plan a strategy for when the koloss attack. They plan to have a group of men at each gate. Saze and Tindwyl get a little time together, but then the warning drums begin to beat.

Vin is thinking about how the mist is staying later and later every day, instead of just disappearing with dawn, when she feels the pulsing of the mist spirit coming from Elend’s tent. She runs in, just in time to see the outline of that spirit lift some kind of knife to attack Elend, who is sleeping on the ground. She attacks the spirit and it disappears. Elend wakes up and never knows what was happening. She leaves Elend to sleep a little more and goes out to speak with Spook. He thinks someone is following them. Meanwhile, Sazed and the crew get ready, since it looks like the Koloss are about to attack. Men are at each gate, with one crewmember there to help. Straff sees that the koloss are attacking, but he tells his men to wait. Vin and Elend attack the camp of people that have been following them. It turns out to be Jastes. He’s lost control of the koloss, so he just left them. Elend kills Jastes because of his crimes against Luthadel. Vin discovers that the drumming sounds are getting softer, meaning the well is to the south, in Luthadel, and not in the Terris mountains.

Breeze works at his assigned gate, soothing soldiers by the dozen, helping them to be brave and fight well. The koloss pound at the door, while men atop the wall rain arrows down on the attackers. The koloss throw rocks up in return, smashing archers. Meanwhile, Vin runs towards Luthadel, burning pewter. She knows she will run out of pewter long before reaching Luthadel, and she wonders if the effect will kill her. But still she keeps running. Breeze and Clubs talk while the koloss continue to beat the gate. They blame themselves for being stupid enough to be in this mess, and they blame Kelsier for getting them into such responsibilities. Just then, the gates burst open. Meanwhile, Sazed gets word that Breeze’s gate had fallen. He doesn’t think he can really help. He notices that there is a crowd of skaa standing behind the defense force. When Sazed confronts them, telling them that they should flee to safety inside the city, the skaa answer that they are there to witness the fall of the koloss at the hands of Vin, who they are sure will return and make her appearance at Sazed’s gate. Then the gate breaks. Sazed musters his stored strength, growing in size, and faces the lead koloss, shouting for the men to fight. Vin, half collapsing and out of pewter, reaching a small village. At first she thinks to ask for pewter, but then she remembers how she used to travel with Kelsier on a path of metal bars in the ground. She asks for horseshoes, using them to “walk” by leaping, placing horseshoes ahead of her and pulling the ones behind to place further. In this way, she uses the horseshoes like stilts to help her travel in the air.

Outside Luthadel, Straff Venture sees that the koloss have now broken into the city gates. His men are ready to attack the koloss from the rear, but Straff decides to wait longer. Sazed, fighting the koloss, realizes that they need to get the gate closed again in order to survive. Using strength and weight, he manages to fight off the koloss and get the gate closed again. While getting a little break, a messenger comes and says that Tindwyl’s gate fell over an hour ago. Meanwhile, Clubs and Breeze are attacked and forced to run. Clubs is killed, while Breeze hides in a building. Dockson contemplates the root of their failure. He attacks a koloss, only to be cut down. Straff decides not to swoop in a save the city while the koloss are weak. Instead, he’d rather wait for the koloss to kill everyone and burn the city. Then Straff will move in. Meanwhile, Sazed fights on, wondering what happened to Tindwyl. He feels he is going to die, but then Vin arrives and starts killing koloss. Breeze is found by Ham and some others. They want to try to escape.

Vin continues killing koloss, several at a time. Sazed, outside Lord Penrod’s keep, begs the newly appointed king to go with them as they try to escape. Penrod insists on staying inside his keep. Vin continues to fight the koloss, but now she is almost completely out of pewter, steel, and almost every other metal. In desperation, to save some skaa from certain death, she super-soothes them, like she’d done to TenSoon, controlling the koloss with her mind. Sazed is standing outside Penrod’s keep when Vin walks up with koloss in tow. She orders Penrod to gather his men and put out the fires in Luthadel. Vin will take care of the koloss throughout the city. Later, Sazed finds Tindwyl’s dead body among the slain soldiers. He feels that all the faith, all the religions, he has always treasured is now useless. His life, he believes, has been a sham.

Straff wakes up and takes a sample of the drug he needs to stay alive. He gathers his men, expecting to be able to take the city now. But the koloss come out with the remaining soldiers of Luthadel. Vin jumps from among the koloss, sailing through the sky with a giant sword, cleaving Straff and his horse in half on impact. Allrianne watches these events from her father’s camp. She charges after them to help Luthadel’s army, forcing her father and his men to ride after her. Straff’s army surrenders, and Janarle, Straff’s general, is named the new Lord of the Venture army. Janarle, Penrod, and Cett all swear loyalty to Elend as their Emperor. Vin, needing rest, leaves Sazed in charge of the Empire until Elend can return to Luthadel.

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