Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at a 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 previous two chapters, which I had to review at the same time due to how short chapter one was and how it felt like one chapter anyway, we still didn’t get to meet our main character. Instead the time was spent setting up the world and how Jake ended up in cryosleep for his crimes…which frankly doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s not much of a punishment if you sleep through it all and acclimating back into society would be harder than it already is when you actually spend the time in jail. Plus it would be more expensive having to maintain all that equipment, the prisoner’s life, and considering it’s stationed practically in space that’s even more money and maintenance. It’s one of those things that sounds cool but doesn’t make sense in hindsight. Still, “cool” is what we’re going for so that’s what you get.

I’m assuming in this chapter we finally get to meet old Jake Cardigan. The next chapter after this is actually longer while this chapter reaches the minimum length for a decent chapter review so it’s just the one tonight. Prepare your frozen sweater jokes and let’s see if we actually meet him or if this is just seven pages exploring the unfreezing process. The trip here was explained in detail so that might be the case again. I haven’t read it yet this time.

And now I’ve read it.

Well, not all of it is dedicated to the reanimating process…some of it was also about paperwork. Seriously, this was pretty dull. Jake wakes up, expels some leftover body waste (considering what I’ve been through I can relate), struggles to even learn how to breathe again, and then he fills out papers while the desk tells him how great it is that he’ll be returning to society and hopefully not be back.

Not that it’s totally bereft of moving the story along. We do learn that Jake gets his “lazgun” (because of course he get a laser gun) as part of the special parole, he still proclaims his innocence, and he and Winger didn’t get along in the old days. Winger chalks it up to Jake’s anti-android bias but Jake does point out Winger’s a bit of a jerk. It does establish a few things about Jake’s current situation but outside of some minor notes of personality not a lot about Jake himself. Sadly he doesn’t get to meet his old friend turned prison warden because his condo in the state of Southern California (so now we have two Californias…as if one wasn’t bad enough) ran into some issues. Being a warden must pay well unless he’s doing that well in the stock market. It would have been a good moment to learn more about Jake as a character. We’re now three chapters in, even though two was really short, and we really don’t know anything. They seem to be more interested in worldbuilding than characterbuilding at this stage. Still, it’s early enough that I can wait and see if the next chapter fixes the problem.

Next time is a longer chapter, so it will have that chance. Let’s hope it take that chance and we can learn more about Jake and how he ended up in the frozen felons section.


About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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