Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were a reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

I don’t do these often enough, but if you do recall, things weren’t going well for our heroes. The Decepticons have everything they need; the Matrix, the Plasma Energy Chamber, and a whole lot of Dark Energon. It’s supposed to be last stand time, but they still have to head to Earth, so it really isn’t. How do you make that compelling and will Irvine succeed in doing so? only one way to find out.

Something bothered me in the first segment of Chapter 30 that made me stop and take to the article. That is not a good sign. I think the editor should have looked at this section. Every time the Plasma Energy Chamber is mentioned, even in the same paragraph, it’s referred to as the Plasma Energy Chamber. Do I sound silly? Read this:

In the ruins of Crystal City…Megatron Stood with the Plasma Energy Chamber. {skip two sentences} In his other hand, he held the Plasma Energy Chamber balanced on his upturned pal. He approached the lens and held the Plasma Energy Chamber up so he coul be certain that its shape and diameter matched the depression…

He does this every time the Chamber is mentioned. When we know what it is, he could just call it “the Chamber” with the “C” capitalized. He rarely even uses the pronoun “it” so he doesn’t have to write Plasma Energy Chamber every single time.

One positive that struck me in this section is that Dark Energon again comes off as a kind of drug. Megatron realizes he can use its more addictive properties, plus the fact that he’s arranging for all new Energon to be of the Dark nature, to take over Cybertron without even trying. However, that isn’t his way–he’s a gladiator and he wants to fight. He wants that battle with Optimus. At least he’s consistent.

The rest of these chapters focus on the Autobots as they prepare for Megatron’s assault while Optimus attempts to find out what happened to Sentinel Prime. There’s not a whole lot to say about this section. The only revelation is Alpha Trion telling Optimus that he had a part in Orion being made Prime, which we readers already knew.

One thing we both agree on: Prowl being a “police officer” before the war. It just seems natural, but that’s more about my theory about how alt mode selection should work, without all this “forced caste” nonsense.

Optimus later finds Sentinel and hears his parting words, which sets up the next mission in the story, but maybe I’m in the wrong mood or something but the fight to get to him held more interest than Sentinel’s death.

Overall I still found in interesting and had to stop before the next section. That’s a good sign. However, I have things to do so we’ll have to wait to see what happens when Optimus and crew learn what happens when they follow Sentinel’s words and descend into the depth of Cybertron and learn just how bad the Core is now that the You Know What Chamber is corrupted with Dark Energon.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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