Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were 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.
Seven chapters in and people are still trying to decide if they like each other. Janice had an unnecessarily dark history (I don’t think anyone we’ve seen the backstory for has had a good one and just joined out of wanting to explore the galaxy), but the story is still holding my attention. I just hope something actually happens soon. We’re halfway through the book and all we have are hints that there’s going to be trouble. Can we at least get to the planet where trouble is going to happen in this chapter? Please?
Well, there was some excitement anyway, when the new juggler, a Vulcan named Steven, nearly rammed the ship with his trying to dock. He might of been showing off but considering what happened to Jim (which he actually confides to Lindy about) he’s not happy. He’s also not happy when Steven’s cat attacks him. Steven will be interesting. Spock said that Stephen (apparently they’re at least aware of each other) pursue emotional actions (he uses the word “pervert”). I haven’t decided if I like him yet or not. We also get to see the crew work together to give Athene (that’s the name of the winged horse) a dirt floor to safely walk around in. I’ll take it. At least something happens around all the exposition this time.
We also learn something I never saw evidence of in the show or movies, that Spock keeps his room at Vulcan gravity. There’s the technobabble of a “gravity shelf” that feels like taking a step but the floor is still flat. He also keeps his room at Vulcan temperatures, something else never shown before. I’m torn between “making her own stuff up” and “making stuff up that would make sense for Spock”.
I’m worried that chapter 8 is going to go back into exposition mode. I really want them to reach the planet already, but there is the promise of the company actually performing for the ship’s crew…which might look better than it reads. (Another reason I wish the first Abrams movie had been simply an adaptation of this book.) I guess we’ll find out in our next installment.