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7th Aug '15 10:44:54 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{subverted|Trope}} in the second book.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is lampshade|Hanging}}d [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and {{subverted|Trope}} in the second book.
13th Apr '14 2:04:40 PM azul120
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* {RedPillBluePill: [[spoiler:Orion, via posthumous letters,]] offers Amy a choice that will determine the fate of the ship - [[spoiler:risk untold dangers by colonizing Centauri-Earth, or stay aboard a slowly degrading ''Godspeed''?]] Justified as she's the only one who knows [[spoiler:what life on a planet is like]].

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* {RedPillBluePill: RedPillBluePill: [[spoiler:Orion, via posthumous letters,]] offers Amy a choice that will determine the fate of the ship - [[spoiler:risk untold dangers by colonizing Centauri-Earth, or stay aboard a slowly degrading ''Godspeed''?]] Justified as she's the only one who knows [[spoiler:what life on a planet is like]].
13th Apr '14 2:04:23 PM azul120
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* AerithAndBob: For once {{Inverted}}, Amy has the weirdest name on the ship because she's from Sol-Earth, Victria, Lorin, Bartie and Stevy are the norm.

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* AerithAndBob: For once {{Inverted}}, {{inverted|Trope}}, Amy has the weirdest name on the ship because she's from Sol-Earth, Victria, Lorin, Bartie and Stevy are the norm.



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is {{lampshaded}} and {{subverted}} in the second book.
* AttemptedRape: Happens to [[spoiler: Amy]] during the Season.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is {{lampshaded}} lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{subverted}} {{subverted|Trope}} in the second book.
* AttemptedRape: Happens to [[spoiler: Amy]] [[spoiler:Amy]] during the Season.



* AwfulTruth: One of the messages of this book is that even an awful truth is better than a lie. Elder and Amy end up disclosing a lot of the ship's secrets, including the Phydus, the fact that [[spoiler: ''Godspeed'' is 250 years behind schedule]] and [[spoiler: the mutiny]] rather than keep the population in ignorance. Elder even confesses to Amy that [[spoiler:he unplugged her]], and she's grateful enough for his honesty to somewhat forgive him.

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* AwfulTruth: One of the messages of this book is that even an awful truth is better than a lie. Elder and Amy end up disclosing a lot of the ship's secrets, including the Phydus, the fact that [[spoiler: ''Godspeed'' [[spoiler:''Godspeed'' is 250 years behind schedule]] and [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the mutiny]] rather than keep the population in ignorance. Elder even confesses to Amy that [[spoiler:he unplugged her]], and she's grateful enough for his honesty to somewhat forgive him.



* {{Redshirt}}: A lot of minor characters die in the second book.

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* {{Redshirt}}: RedShirt: A lot of minor characters die in the second book.
13th Apr '14 2:02:51 PM azul120
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* AerithandBob: For once {{Inverted}}, Amy has the weirdest name on the ship because she's from Sol-Earth, Victria, Lorin, Bartie and Stevy are the norm.

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* AerithandBob: AerithAndBob: For once {{Inverted}}, Amy has the weirdest name on the ship because she's from Sol-Earth, Victria, Lorin, Bartie and Stevy are the norm.
13th Apr '14 2:00:46 PM azul120
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* {{Affectionate Nickname}}: Harley calls Amy "Lttle Fish" because her red hair reminds him of the koi fish he likes to paint.
* {{All Of The Other Reindeer}}: Amy is shunned by almost the entire population due to her unique appearance.
* {{Artistic License Physics}}: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is {{lampshaded}} and {{subverted}} in the second book.
* {{Attempted Rape}}: Happens to [[spoiler: Amy]] during the Season.

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* {{Affectionate Nickname}}: AffectionateNickname: Harley calls Amy "Lttle Fish" because her red hair reminds him of the koi fish he likes to paint.
* {{All Of The Other Reindeer}}: AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Amy is shunned by almost the entire population due to her unique appearance.
* {{Artistic License Physics}}: ArtisticLicensePhysics: Eldest's explanation of the broken engine, although this is {{lampshaded}} and {{subverted}} in the second book.
* {{Attempted Rape}}: AttemptedRape: Happens to [[spoiler: Amy]] during the Season.



* {{Awful Truth}}: One of the messages of this book is that even an awful truth is better than a lie. Elder and Amy end up disclosing a lot of the ship's secrets, including the Phydus, the fact that [[spoiler: ''Godspeed'' is 250 years behind schedule]] and [[spoiler: the mutiny]] rather than keep the population in ignorance. Elder even confesses to Amy that [[spoiler: he unplugged her]], and she's grateful enough for his honesty to somewhat forgive him.
** In ''A Million Suns'', we get ''another'' layer of secrets: it turns out ''Godspeed'' has been [[spoiler: orbiting the new planet all along!]].

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* {{Awful Truth}}: AwfulTruth: One of the messages of this book is that even an awful truth is better than a lie. Elder and Amy end up disclosing a lot of the ship's secrets, including the Phydus, the fact that [[spoiler: ''Godspeed'' is 250 years behind schedule]] and [[spoiler: the mutiny]] rather than keep the population in ignorance. Elder even confesses to Amy that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he unplugged her]], and she's grateful enough for his honesty to somewhat forgive him.
** In ''A Million Suns'', we get ''another'' layer of secrets: it turns out ''Godspeed'' has been [[spoiler: orbiting [[spoiler:orbiting the new planet all along!]].



* BigBad: [[spoiler: Orion of the first book and Doc of the second.]]
** [[spoiler: Chris of the third.]]
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Yes! Amy and the rest of the ship managed to land...but more than five hundred ended up dead including both of her parents, war is right around the corner with Earth, Amy is now a hybrid and the murderer of both her parents walks free...but at least she's got Elder!]].
* {{Binary Suns}}: Centauri-Earth has them.

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* BigBad: [[spoiler: Orion [[spoiler:Orion of the first book and Doc of the second.]]
** [[spoiler: Chris [[spoiler:Chris of the third.]]
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: Yes! Amy and the rest of the ship managed to land...but more than five hundred ended up dead including both of her parents, war is right around the corner with Earth, Amy is now a hybrid and the murderer of both her parents walks free...but at least she's got Elder!]].
* {{Binary Suns}}: BinarySuns: Centauri-Earth has them.



* {{Burial In Space}}: Referred to as being "sent to the stars".
* {{Calling The Old Man Out}}: Elder to Eldest, both times emphasized with a punch.
* {{Can Not Spit It Out}}: Amy finds it impossible to talk about her own [[spoiler: {{Near Rape Experience}}]], so instead she focuses on Victria's.
* {{Captains Log}}: In the second book, Amy finds one written by the original Eldest.

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* {{Burial In Space}}: BurialInSpace: Referred to as being "sent to the stars".
* {{Calling The Old Man Out}}: CallingTheOldManOut: Elder to Eldest, both times emphasized with a punch.
* {{Can Not Spit It Out}}: CanNotSpitItOut: Amy finds it impossible to talk about her own [[spoiler: {{Near Rape Experience}}]], [[spoiler:NearRapeExperience]], so instead she focuses on Victria's.
* {{Captains Log}}: CaptainsLog: In the second book, Amy finds one written by the original Eldest.



* {{Clean Pretty Reliable}}: In ''A Million Suns'', [[spoiler: Amy does this to Elder when he comes back from his space walk oxygen-deprived due to a malfunctioning suit.]]

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* {{Clean Pretty Reliable}}: CleanPrettyReliable: In ''A Million Suns'', [[spoiler: Amy [[spoiler:Amy does this to Elder when he comes back from his space walk oxygen-deprived due to a malfunctioning suit.]]



* DepopulationBomb: The Plague, which killed 3/4 of ''Godspeed'''s population. [[spoiler: It's a lie.]]

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* DepopulationBomb: The Plague, which killed 3/4 of ''Godspeed'''s population. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's a lie.]]



* {{Drowning My Sorrows}}: Eldest tries to drown his troubled conscience with moonshine alcohol. After [[spoiler: his death]], Elder goes on a three-day drinking binge of his own.
* {{Drop Ship}}: [[spoiler: The cargo section is converted into one, which Elder, Amy and a few of the colonists use to land on Centauri-Earth.]]

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* {{Drowning My Sorrows}}: DrowningMySorrows: Eldest tries to drown his troubled conscience with moonshine alcohol. After [[spoiler: his death]], Elder goes on a three-day drinking binge of his own.
* {{Drop Ship}}: [[spoiler: The DropShip: [[spoiler:The cargo section is converted into one, which Elder, Amy and a few of the colonists use to land on Centauri-Earth.]]



* {{Got Me Doing It}}: Amy is appalled to catch herself cursing "frex!" and referring to her homeworld as Sol-Earth instead of Earth, as she's afraid of forgetting her heritage.

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* {{Got Me Doing It}}: GotMeDoingIt: Amy is appalled to catch herself cursing "frex!" and referring to her homeworld as Sol-Earth instead of Earth, as she's afraid of forgetting her heritage.



* {{He Knows Too Much}}: The real reason for [[spoiler: Kayleigh]]'s death.
** [[spoiler: The reason for Emma's death in Book 3 as well.]]

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* {{He Knows Too Much}}: HeKnowsTooMuch: The real reason for [[spoiler: Kayleigh]]'s [[spoiler:Kayleigh]]'s death.
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The reason for Emma's death in Book 3 as well.]]



* {{Inadequate Inheritor}}: Eldest sees Elder as this. Not without reason, it turns out, considering the massive social upheavals in book two.

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* {{Inadequate Inheritor}}: InadequateInheritor: Eldest sees Elder as this. Not without reason, it turns out, considering the massive social upheavals in book two.



* {{Karmic Death}}: [[spoiler: Eldest dies from getting a bucket of Phydus dumped over him by Orion.]]
* {{Kick Them While They Are Down}}: [[spoiler: Amy and Victria immobilize Luthe with a Phydus patch and kick the stuffing out of him as a revenge for being raped.]]

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* {{Karmic Death}}: [[spoiler: Eldest KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Eldest dies from getting a bucket of Phydus dumped over him by Orion.]]
* {{Kick Them While They Are Down}}: [[spoiler: Amy KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: [[spoiler:Amy and Victria immobilize Luthe with a Phydus patch and kick the stuffing out of him as a revenge for being raped.]]



* {{Love Makes You Evil}}: [[spoiler: Victria's]] love for [[spoiler: Orion]], even after his being frozen, leads to her becoming a willing accessory to murder to have him revived.
* LoveTriangle: One arises in Shades of Earth between [[spoiler: Elder, Amy and Chris.]]
* {{Mad Artist}}: Played with. All the residents of the hospital's psychiatric ward are actually artists, scientists, engineers and other creative thinkers necessary to the running of the ship. They are more or less sane by the reader's standards, but labeled "crazy" to distinguish them from the mindless mainstream. The "medication" they take are actually pills to inhibit Phydus. Harley, a painter with dark mood swings, and Victria, an embittered novelist, are somewhat more straightforward examples of this trope.
* {{May December Romance}}: [[spoiler: Victria]] loves [[spoiler: Orion]], her twenty-years-older literary mentor. It's not known whether he feels the same way.

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* {{Love Makes You Evil}}: [[spoiler: Victria's]] LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Victria's]] love for [[spoiler: Orion]], [[spoiler:Orion]], even after his being frozen, leads to her becoming a willing accessory to murder to have him revived.
* LoveTriangle: One arises in Shades of Earth between [[spoiler: Elder, [[spoiler:Elder, Amy and Chris.]]
* {{Mad Artist}}: MadArtist: Played with. All the residents of the hospital's psychiatric ward are actually artists, scientists, engineers and other creative thinkers necessary to the running of the ship. They are more or less sane by the reader's standards, but labeled "crazy" to distinguish them from the mindless mainstream. The "medication" they take are actually pills to inhibit Phydus. Harley, a painter with dark mood swings, and Victria, an embittered novelist, are somewhat more straightforward examples of this trope.
* {{May December Romance}}: [[spoiler: Victria]] MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Victria]] loves [[spoiler: Orion]], [[spoiler:Orion]], her twenty-years-older literary mentor. It's not known whether he feels the same way.



* {{My Master Right Or Wrong}}: Doc supports Eldest without question, even when the latter's extreme measures give him pause. [[spoiler: This lands Elder in big trouble later on, since Doc is not loyal to the man so much as the ''system'' - and Elder's rule deviates from the plan.]] Later, Marae and Shelby do the same thing for Elder.

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* {{My Master Right Or Wrong}}: MyMasterRightOrWrong: Doc supports Eldest without question, even when the latter's extreme measures give him pause. [[spoiler: This lands Elder in big trouble later on, since Doc is not loyal to the man so much as the ''system'' - and Elder's rule deviates from the plan.]] Later, Marae and Shelby do the same thing for Elder.



* {{Nice Job Breaking It Hero}}: [[spoiler: It turns out ''Elder'' unplugged Amy, without knowing it would nearly kill her, strand her in a hostile environment, separate her from her parents forever and give Orion the nasty idea of unplugging colonists just to see how he would react.]]
* {{Not So Different}}: Elder and Eldest, especially when they argue.

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* {{Nice Job Breaking It Hero}}: NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: It turns out ''Elder'' unplugged Amy, without knowing it would nearly kill her, strand her in a hostile environment, separate her from her parents forever and give Orion the nasty idea of unplugging colonists just to see how he would react.]]
* {{Not So Different}}: NotSoDifferent: Elder and Eldest, especially when they argue.



* {{Precision F Strike}}: It's not an official swear word, but on the one occasion Elder calls Amy a "freak" during an argument, the effect is just the same.
* {{Rape Is A Special Kind Of Evil}}: [[spoiler: Elder is implied to have killed Luthe without a trial as punishment for raping Victria (and, unknown to him, nearly raping Amy). When Amy finds Luthe's body, she throws it out the airlock without telling anyone.]]

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* {{Precision F Strike}}: PrecisionFStrike: It's not an official swear word, but on the one occasion Elder calls Amy a "freak" during an argument, the effect is just the same.
* {{Rape Is A Special Kind Of Evil}}: [[spoiler: Elder RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler:Elder is implied to have killed Luthe without a trial as punishment for raping Victria (and, unknown to him, nearly raping Amy). When Amy finds Luthe's body, she throws it out the airlock without telling anyone.]]



* {{Relationship Upgrade}}: [[spoiler: Elder and Amy]] in ''A Million Suns''.
* {{The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized}}: An unusual example, seen through the eyes of the leader rather than the revolutionaries. Poor Elder really has enough on his plate without having angry anarchists rioting against him.
* {{Red Pill Blue Pill}}: [[spoiler: Orion, via posthumous letters,]] offers Amy a choice that will determine the fate of the ship - [[spoiler: risk untold dangers by colonizing Centauri-Earth, or stay aboard a slowly degrading ''Godspeed''?]] Justified as she's the only one who knows [[spoiler: what life on a planet is like]].
* {{The Rival}}: Bartie, Elder's former friend who challenges him for leadership.
* {{Single Target Sexuality}}: Harley still feels this way about his girlfriend, who died two years before the story starts. "Why would I want to be with any other woman?"
** Elder also comes to mind, {{averted}} with Amy who

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* {{Relationship Upgrade}}: [[spoiler: Elder RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Elder and Amy]] in ''A Million Suns''.
* {{The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized}}: TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: An unusual example, seen through the eyes of the leader rather than the revolutionaries. Poor Elder really has enough on his plate without having angry anarchists rioting against him.
* {{Red Pill Blue Pill}}: [[spoiler: Orion, {RedPillBluePill: [[spoiler:Orion, via posthumous letters,]] offers Amy a choice that will determine the fate of the ship - [[spoiler: risk [[spoiler:risk untold dangers by colonizing Centauri-Earth, or stay aboard a slowly degrading ''Godspeed''?]] Justified as she's the only one who knows [[spoiler: what [[spoiler:what life on a planet is like]].
* {{The Rival}}: TheRival: Bartie, Elder's former friend who challenges him for leadership.
* {{Single Target Sexuality}}: SingleTargetSexuality: Harley still feels this way about his girlfriend, who died two years before the story starts. "Why would I want to be with any other woman?"
** Elder also comes to mind, {{averted}} {{averted|Trope}} with Amy who



* SpaceFriction: The "adrift if the engine stops" fallacy is in play, deliberately invoked by the Shippers to hide the fact that [[spoiler: the ship isn't moving at all]].
* {{Super OCD}}: Doc. [[spoiler: This makes him the villain of the second book, since he sees anything that deviates from his view of "order" as needing to be "fixed" with drugs, lethal ones if necessary.]]

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* SpaceFriction: The "adrift if the engine stops" fallacy is in play, deliberately invoked by the Shippers to hide the fact that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ship isn't moving at all]].
* {{Super OCD}}: SuperOCD: Doc. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This makes him the villain of the second book, since he sees anything that deviates from his view of "order" as needing to be "fixed" with drugs, lethal ones if necessary.]]



** [[spoiler: Many characters receive this fate, Victria and Shelby come to mind.]]
** [[spoiler: This happens to five hundred people, including Amy's mother, in the third book.]]
* {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}}: Eldest and his predecessors. "Doesn't matter how. Just keep the frexing ship alive."

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** [[spoiler: Many [[spoiler:Many characters receive this fate, Victria and Shelby come to mind.]]
** [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This happens to five hundred people, including Amy's mother, in the third book.]]
* {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}}: TotalitarianUtilitarian: Eldest and his predecessors. "Doesn't matter how. Just keep the frexing ship alive."



* {{Well Done Son Guy}}: Elder feels this way about Eldest.
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: For those over 60. [[spoiler: Specifically those who remember the last time the prediction of when the ship would land was pushed back]]
* {{Wham Line}}: [[spoiler: "There was never any Plague."]]
** [[spoiler: '''Elder''':]] "I'm the one who unplugged you."

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* {{Well Done Son Guy}}: WellDoneSonGuy: Elder feels this way about Eldest.
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: For those over 60. [[spoiler: Specifically [[spoiler:Specifically those who remember the last time the prediction of when the ship would land was pushed back]]
* {{Wham Line}}: [[spoiler: "There WhamLine: [[spoiler:"There was never any Plague."]]
** [[spoiler: '''Elder''':]] [[spoiler:'''Elder''':]] "I'm the one who unplugged you."



* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}: The 20-year-old Feeders are looking forward to planet landing in 49 years - in a society where everyone dies at 60. [[spoiler: The Feeders are put down when they start remembering the last time such a prediction was made - there is no reason an individual would expect that to happen to them.]]
* {{You Wouldnt Shoot Me}}: [[spoiler: Doc to Amy in ''A Million Suns''. He's wrong, but being a soldier's daughter who knows how to handle guns, she manages to shoot him in a nonlethal place.]]
* {{Your Cheating Heart}}: Back on Earth, a jealous ex informed Amy that her boyfriend Jason might have been cheating on her. Her greatest regret is not confronting him about it.

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* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}: WritersCannotDoMath: The 20-year-old Feeders are looking forward to planet landing in 49 years - in a society where everyone dies at 60. [[spoiler: The Feeders are put down when they start remembering the last time such a prediction was made - there is no reason an individual would expect that to happen to them.]]
* {{You Wouldnt Shoot Me}}: [[spoiler: Doc YouWouldntShootMe: [[spoiler:Doc to Amy in ''A Million Suns''. He's wrong, but being a soldier's daughter who knows how to handle guns, she manages to shoot him in a nonlethal place.]]
* {{Your Cheating Heart}}: YourCheatingHeart: Back on Earth, a jealous ex informed Amy that her boyfriend Jason might have been cheating on her. Her greatest regret is not confronting him about it.
1st Aug '13 5:48:50 PM InsanityPrelude
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* Daddy'sGirl: Amy.

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* Daddy'sGirl: DaddysGirl: Amy.



* GreenEyes: Amy. [[spoiler: Later {{averted}} when she becomes a hybrid and gains blue eyes.]]



* HumanPopsicle

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* HumanPopsicleHarmlessFreezing: Not quite. Even when done properly, the freezing process is rather unpleasant. When ''not'' done properly, the results are compared to [[BodyHorror a wet sponge]]. And even if someone is frozen and thawed safely, they can't survive the process a second time.
* HumanPopsicle: ''Godspeed'' carries about a hundred of these, including Amy.
3rd Jul '13 5:40:52 PM LadyPhantomhive
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* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Amy on Phydus. When the same thing happens to [[spoiler: Elder]] in the second book, she's understandably freaked out.
17th May '13 7:56:13 AM spino
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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: There is no religion on ''Godspeed''.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: There is no religion on ''Godspeed''. Subverted in that this is explicitly done to keep the population passive.



* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: For those over 60.

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* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: For those over 60. [[spoiler: Specifically those who remember the last time the prediction of when the ship would land was pushed back]]



* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}: The 20-year-old Feeders are looking forward to planet landing in 49 years - in a society where everyone dies at 60.

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* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}: The 20-year-old Feeders are looking forward to planet landing in 49 years - in a society where everyone dies at 60. [[spoiler: The Feeders are put down when they start remembering the last time such a prediction was made - there is no reason an individual would expect that to happen to them.]]
15th May '13 6:11:01 AM MacronNotes
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* GreenEyes: Amy. [[spoiler: Later {{averted}} when she becomes a hybrid and gains BlueEyes.]]

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* GreenEyes: Amy. [[spoiler: Later {{averted}} when she becomes a hybrid and gains BlueEyes.blue eyes.]]
14th May '13 6:25:35 PM MacronNotes
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* BlueEyes: Chris, [[spoiler: Amy too after becoming a hybrid.]]
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