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.
When we last left our heroes they had lost everything they had…except their minds. Is that going to change this chapter?
Chapter 24: Break
Events-wise there isn’t much to discuss. They’re strapped to the chairs, about to have Doug restored to Hauser, who in this version isn’t a bad guy but I’ll get to his actual worry, and Melina about to become what Lori was pretending to be. With a boost of strength Quaid breaks out after beating up some eggheads (because putting some security on the two would have been a good idea and Cohaagen doesn’t have a lot of those) they make their escape.
Anthony’s use of the No’ui come into play again. Quaid is worried that they may find the alien implant….which begs the question why didn’t they find it before? You know, when Hauser was first supplanted with Quaid or at Rekall when the only implant they came across was the Agency’s? Also, it appears the No’ui implant is how Quaid broke the brackets holding him to the chair rather than the raw power of being Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m starting to question this thing.
So apparently Richter finally got his wish and he gets to hunt Quaid down. Now we’re being told Hauser was Cohaagen’s friend, which is why he was so reluctant, making his plan continuously confusing. And then Cohaagen plans to do away with Richter. What took him so long? Harry made the first mistake but Richter made all the rest. Oh, and he did find the alien machine but here doesn’t know what it does. So he’s going to have that destroyed because now suddenly it’s about the alien machine and not hunting Quato. Somehow Cohaagen knows Hauser/Quaid knows something about it and is cutting his losses. It’s like he has mild ADD. He’s also decided to let the sector the rebels hid out in die, because killing potential workers and hoping it doesn’t lead to a revolt is such a good idea. (No it isn’t.)
Two chapters left. If you saw the movie you know how it ends, but don’t spoil it for anyone just now following the book…for some reason.