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 Hoylt made his long-awaited appearance and suggested that something would happen during the parade. Now all our heroes can do is wait and not scare their Earth friends. Let’s see how that goes.
Chapter 13: Anticipation
Our image to start the chapter still looks like a cherry bomb to me. I wonder how that fits in or if I’m wrong? It could be a Christmas decoration. In the summer.
I guess we’re going with decoration. It may not necessarily be the kind Susan has on her float, which is apparently leagues better than her cooking, but I guess a Christmas ornament works as a symbol of decorating.
Susan is all excited about her float being in the parade, and seems to have the whole day planned out. That’s tough on Crede, since riding the float means he can’t be as ready as he wants for whatever Hoylt has planned. Only Hal will “escape” the float while Crede and Zucker ride with Susan and Paul, and then Susan wants to rush to ensure they get good seats at the presentation later. Hal tries to reassure Crede that he’ll be on watch for whatever Hoylt is planning and Zucker will be riding with Crede, hopefully with Hoylt not aware he’s on Earth or who he is anyway. That may be their only benefit, since he only knows about Crede and Hal for sure.
While I don’t get the fear of dread I probably should that could be the nature of a young reader book or the bad punctuation and the occasional grammatical error distracting me. I do get a sense of Crede’s worries about what’s going to happen. He’s actually happy to be running late the day of the parade because it distracts him from what’s going on. Crede and Zucker seem to be the only ones not happy about what may or may not happen this day, although Hal could be better at hiding it. It can’t be easy since they have to protect their true identities from their Earth friends.
One other thing noted by Crede is that this isn’t what he came to Earth for. All he wanted was to see what this physical world and life on Earth was like. He ended up with friends and a potential love interest, but he was basically trying to get away from life on T. Dak6. And yet here he is with a special mark that he only knows about because he took on a physical form while his brother is possibly planning to take over the planet, or at least the town. Instead of escaping to another planet and another life Crede finds his old world is invading his new one, both figuratively and literally. That’s got to be annoying him, but right now he’s more afraid of what Hoylt has planned and how it will negatively impact Crede and his friends, both human and alien.
It’s a short chapter but a good bridge between the setup and the “main event” if you will. We have three chapters left in this tale and things are about to come to a head. What is Hoylt’s plan? How does Morris Green factor in? And can Crede, Hal, and Zucker stop Hoylt from threatening two worlds? Stay tuned, because we’re soon to find out. Also, next chapter starts with a hat attached to balloons. I guess that’s one way to depict a parade float quickly.
Next time: The Parade