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.
Last time Hal and Zucker broke into the office of the mysterious Morris Green to find out if he’s actually Hoylt. Hiding under his desk at one point they did find themselves both at home (their apartment anyway) while physically still in the office. So even if Green isn’t Hoylt he has some kind of secret. Perhaps it’s the other half of the title, because this chapter promises to answer that other big burning question I’ve had since the prologue. Also, the narrator hinted at Crede having a tale of his own to tell his space friends. Something is about to happen half-way into this young reader book. At least I hope so. It’s all be setup until now.
Chapter 8: The Omega Capsule
The image at the top, however, looks like a judge’s gavel. Oh wait, the next chapter is an epilogue of sorts to the events of the day, and it’s only two pages long. Might as well toss that in as well.
Chapter 9: Storm Patterns
Well, things just got interesting, haven’t they? For those of you not reading I’ll explain. Crede is summoned back to T. DAK6 thanks to a burning in his chest that forces him away even though he’s still at work. Before that Crede “helps” Susan on a math issue that’s part of her entrance exam to Harper’s College and this has her thinking he should go to college as well. Now this could be Harper College (the punctuation errors are still rampant in this book, including these two chapters) in Palatine, Illinois, or an original college Broderick created for her story. I’m not certain. The only Branson I could find is in Missouri but it could also be a fictional town with a name the author liked. For example do the Simpsons live in a particular state or is their Springfield as fictional as Gotham City or Mayberry?
But back to the story. Crede returns home rather quickly and is immediately called to the court. Here we get a few more answers that should have been in the beginning of the book. For example, the people are in fact pure thought now, confirming my non-corporeal theory, and yet they talk about rooms and stepping into things so that could be some kind of equivalency or something. And finally we get the mystery that was understandably held off until now–what IS the Omega Capsule.
The Omega Capsule is, keeping things simple–you’ll have to read the book for the full explanation, how the people of T. DAK6 were able to purge themselves of negative emotions and shed their physical bodies. However, the negative emotions are left behind and for whatever reason Hoylt stole the key and went inside, drinking the liquid that contains those negative emotions. The king (and their father), Aura, doesn’t know why he did this but he knows it doesn’t bode well for Earth. (It never does for us, does it?) The key is needed to permanently shut the door Hoylt took with him but because he has the Mark, Crede is the only one who can summon the Capsule. I’m not sure where it usually hides but Hoylt was able to find it well enough. And now the real plot is clear. Crede must reclaim the key and forever seal the Omega Capsule to save his people. To that end Aura gives Crede an amulet he can use to talk to Aura from back on Earth, which is certainly easier than running back home and nobody noticing water flying up on a sunny day. But what is Hoylt’s actual plan?
We learn that in Chapter 9, as well as what might have happened with Hal and Zucker. Again, not going over the details but the storm patterns Morris Green, who everyone suspects is Hoylt, may be looking to use a good rain to sneak an army onto the Earth. Is he planning world conquest? Does he have some other scheme? We’ll learn more as we go on, of course, because now our heroes need to be on their guard. As for what happened to Hal and Zucker under the desk, it may be less a power of something in the desk and more like another power for our aliens. Aura tells Crede that when two or more put their thoughts together they can do almost anything, and since our boys were both thinking of being back at their apartment, Crede guesses they were actually between dimensions (which explains chapter 7’s title) and that with more practice they could actually transport themselves to the same place if they both or all three concentrate on it. I have a feeling this will be important later.
Chapter 8 is the chapter I’ve been waiting for. All the important details of what’s going on are now finally in place. In earlier chapters we found out what Crede and Zucker look like in their human forms. Thanks to this chapter we finally know what the beings of T. DAK6 are, which should have better explained earlier in my opinion, but I understand why we waited so long to find out what the Omega Capsule is (since Crede’s generation was the first born after they became thought…which just raises questions not likely to be answered in a book for young people) and why it’s so important. Waiting until now, despite my earlier protests that we weren’t told, was actually the right move for the story. I was getting worried because we were near the half-way point and there was no information. However, I also thought it was something Crede had brought with him, but with this explanation it makes perfect sense. We found out the same time as our Phase Shifters. So my apologies to Theresa on this one. I didn’t the story enough credit. You still need to fix the punctuation issues, though. I make that mistake myself on occasion but I don’t have an editor. Someone at 1st Books, the publisher, missed that. Also their website is buggy as heck! Still, Sovrn (the guys who bought Zemanta) was actually working for a change and gave me a link to “experto crede”, which Wikipedia defined as:
“Experto crede is a Latin motto which means Trust in one experienced; literally: “(the/an) expert trust”. It is usually used by an author as an aside to the reader, and may be loosely translated as: “trust me”, “trust the expert”, “believe one who has tried it”, or “have faith in experience”. When “crede” is followed by a personal name (e.g., crede John Smith), the expert in question is the name given.
I think she’s trying to tell me something. 🙂 We’ll see how told off I am in the next chapter.
Next time: Paul’s Place