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 the last chapter of Robotech, Dana found herself in a bind. Trapped between her growing connection with Colonel Jonathan Wolff and her desire to get the Tirolian refugees back to their planet before they die of homesickness and disconnection from the Triumvirate, Dana is practically coerced by one of her closest associates and former squad subordinate to choose between betraying someone she care about or continue to bury people she has sworn to help.
I have to admit I’m kind of losing ground on this book. So far the only group worth caring about is those members of the 15th ATAC who didn’t run off to join a yakuza group and they’re the ones we’ve seen the least of in this story. With the book on the last few chapters the book seems to be losing me as the people I don’t like are taking center stage in a book I thought would focus more on Dana and Col. Wolff. Basically I want everyone to lose except the people we barely see. I get the feeling it will be more of the same as we dive into this week’s chapter.
The first segment has the Southern Cross meeting with Louie, who is told that the Shimada’s all robot crew has been rejected but they will allow a robot observer from them to gather information on the Invid Sensor Nebula. I can only imagine what the plan will be there given pretty much everyone, even Dana as we’ll see, is being a bit duplicitous. After he leaves they all vote to leave Wolff off of the mission in his own ship but to put Dana in charge of the mission. How she’s going to get the refugees on there when the only faction in favor of it is just looking for an excuse to get rid of the ship is anyone’s guess.
The next segment has Dana meeting with Jonathan. When he hears she’s been put in charge of the mission and of her desire to get the refugees back to Tirol his attitude changes and I think he’s figured out what’s going on. Without admitting he knows the ship can fold he convinces Dana to go on the mission, bringing up Minmei’s name more than once, which is a point for later. Apparently he’s helping without making it look like he’s helping. He’s really the best character here, which makes his fall later all the more disheartening. What exactly happened that would lead Wolff to lead soldiers into an Invid trap like he did when fans would first be introduced to him? He seems willing to fight the Invid when they come and to an end run around the GMP and Southern Cross in order to get his people back on Tirol the updated information on Earth’s status as well as help Dana out.
That’s what we learn later anyway. Dana figures out he’s trying to slip her the code. Whether or not he knew she was wired I can’t say at the moment, but as the Shimada team works on their robot Louie calls with that information. We also learn that Terry was sent to make amends with the Starchildren since they know Vincinz was coerced by the GMP to attack their ship because of their involvement. The ship is repairable but with so few chapters left I really don’t care about this plot. The other factions are manipulative jerks but they still matter more to the story than the Starchildren. It feels like a subplot that frankly should have been abandoned before this draft even came out. I also wonder what Terry’s reaction will be to Misa’s new boyfriend?
That answer will have to wait. We have a handful of chapters left and maybe we’ll see what comes of anything in the next chapter in of Robotech.