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.
In our last installment, our heroes discovered the origin of the Omega Capsule and what it does. Hoylt misused it and not he’s evil, a rarity among the T. DAK6 people, and if Morris Green is Hoylt he may be planning an invasion. Meanwhile Zucker and Hal may have discovered a new power and Crede’s simple curiosity of Earth has turned into a battle to save it. Is he up to the challenge? We may or may not find out this chapter, because the drawing is a pie. Pie will save us all! Right?
Chapter 10: Paul’s Place
This chapter is mostly Crede reconnecting with his Earth friends. It’s been two days since our last chapter, and Crede forgets his dinner date with Susan and Paul. Susan stops by to check on them and our trio (yes, even Hal the “dog”) joins her at Paul’s new bakery. I wonder how much time is passing. The last time we saw Paul he was new in town and just started working in someone else’s bakery. Now he suddenly has his own and it appears to be doing quite well. Good on him.
The other reason I question the passage of time is that the discussion between our happy crew is kind of short and you don’t get a sense of it being anything more than “hi” and both Susan and Paul wondering what’s on Crede’s mind lately that’s weighing him down. Oddly nobody thinks to ask Zucker, the other “human” living with Crede. (There is a fun bit as they head there where Susan thinks dogs can actually understand people, which is true in Hal’s case for the obvious reason.) However, the way it’s written I can’t figure out if they’re there awhile or if they stop in for a few minutes and that’s it. It just seems to be establishing that Paul has his own bakery now, complete with a new waitress named Carol.
Actually, it does also further explore Crede and Susan’s relationship. Crede is obviously attracted to her, but not knowing her feelings is scared to do anything to ruin a friendship. Been there, done that. I’ve also made the mistake of making the move and indeed losing a friend, so I’ve seen both sides and I’m on Crede’s side. Susan obviously cares for Crede. When he walks her home she also shows concern for what’s bothering Crede. (Girl, if you only knew…) I’m kind of rooting for these two crazy kids.
I have to wonder what roles Susan and Paul will ultimately play in the final battle and what they’ll learn or not learn about our trio before this book is over? Will Susan date a space alien who only has a body because he wants one? Is Paul going to help stop an alien invasion with pie? Or will our Shifters have to keep them in the dark somehow to protect them? There are seven chapters to go and our enemy is not fully revealed yet, only suspected. We’ll see what happens in our next installment.
Next Time: The Key
It’s a picture of a key. Looks like a door key but I don’t know what they lock the Omega Capsule with.