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.
PART ONE: AFTERMATH chapter 3
Thus far I have not been a fan of the story layout since I want to know what’s going on. I suspect by the time we get to part 2 I’m really going to want to get to the part that explains what’s led to our heroes being treated like villains and the longer it takes the more impatient I’m going to become. That kind of ruins the experience and while I hope I’m proven wrong my doubts are still there.
And so far we’ve gotten to see good characterization of Kirk and Scotty. When they don’t know who he is Kirk is still commanding and compassionate. we saw last chapter Scotty is ultimately loyal to his friends more than his ship. Up next we have Dr. McCoy and we’ll see what’s happened to him…just not why it’s happened and thus my frustration with this layout continues.
Unlike the previous two chapters I don’t think we learn much about McCoy in this one. Most of it is him talking to a child about the lunar landing and its significance to space travel in their time. She wants to join Starfleet and knows the history of the landing but McCoy talks to her about the impact of the landing, how she looks at starships today is how kids back then looked at the lunar module when the ship first landed. I think he made a good impression on her. The only character moment we get is when she’s shocked he left Starfleet and he can’t come up with a good answer why.
Don’t get me wrong. Seeing the two talk was actually a fun read. The things he says and her reactions are worth not skipping this chapter. However, we don’t learn much about what McCoy is actually doing. He has a beard, usually lives on a nature preserve, is here on the moon for some reason, and the rest is about the history of manned spaceflight. It just doesn’t have the same impact as the other two. Kirk (the only one under an assumed name) makes friends and gets people working, Scotty puts up with Styles and weighs his love of the ship to his loyalty to his friends, and McCoy talks about the first moon landing with an eight-year-old. It just misses something the other two have.
Maybe we’ll learn something next time. McCoy is going to be there too, while we may learn why Uhura is in jail.