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.
In our last reading we met the aliens who created the big Macguffin of the movie. Now we get back to things that actually happened in the movie, and by this chapter’s title you can guess what happens next.
Chapter 22: Betrayal
No, there’s no guest appearance by Spoony.
I get the impression that the No’ui encounter was blocked from Quato by the No’ui implant. At any point, that part of the memory is over and now Doug is Quaid again instead of Hauser. The scene with Cohaagen talking to the tech about keeping the machine a secret (if my memory serves me right and this scene happened) isn’t in the book, which I suppose serves Anthony’s depiction of events and Cohaagen’s master plan. We’re almost there, folks.
Getting us there is the traitor, Benny, who is actually working for Cohaagen. Then Richter shows up and surprisingly doesn’t shoot Melina for revenge over Lori, but I guess it does keep Quaid in line. Yes, Richter is actually following orders and bringing Quaid in alive. If he and Harry had followed orders, or used their brains, in the beginning maybe none of this would have happened. Hurray for stupidity, I guess.
Next time is a rather short chapter as Quaid and Cohaagen finally meet face to face…again, for the first time…well, you know.
Next Time: Worse