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.
Previously in this series of reviews when a chapter flowed into another one, like our last installment, I’ve done two articles together. However, skimming through the next few chapters as they seemed to be doing the same thing it’s at least three chapters if not more connecting together. Plus this week’s chapter is short and so is my time tonight, so a shorter chapter is to my benefit.
Anyway, Jake and Bethdroid are still on the run from the bad guys. Who are they and what are they after besides Beth’s android “sister”? I don’t know and we may not find out this chapter. Let’s get back to the chase.
Somehow we still have segment in this five page chapter. Also strange is no Bethdroid. Instead we find Jake on a tour bus being forced to listen to social commentary of THE FUTURE as well as a talking camera for some reason. It’s as unnecessary as the “arcade” promising robo-sex, though the arcade is less annoying than listening to these two twits both think they’re being socially conscious despite being on opposite ends of the viewpoint and they’re both idiots from what I can tell. Was this trip really necessary?
Then he ends up in an alley. I don’t know why or why he’s even here. Seems like a terrible place to meet Warbride’s contact. Dead bodies being picked on by birds, a one-legged vet in the street (at least he has enough pride to not accept Jake’s money, even if it wasn’t so much for charity but to get information he doesn’t think is coming otherwise), and a 13-year-old being chased by a cyborg. Jake takes off after them, realizing it could be a trap by the gang who leaves their own warning on the walls but he’s not going to take the chance that someone actually does need help. This is where the chapter ends.
Leaving off the bus ride and just saying “Jake took a tour bus to meet with Warbride’s liason” or something would have worked fine. This could possibly have been combined with the next chapter and there’d be no issue. We also get more FUTURE terms like “plasbrick” and “skyambulance”, we get talking cameras who try to convince their owner to stop taking pictures of vets he thinks he’s taking to bring up social issues while his lady friend notes it’s easy for them to get prosthetics and accused them of milking their injuries. Take that stuff out and there is practically nothing to this chapter, and what little matters could have been part of the next one. At best we have a nice cliffhanger here.
Next time we learn if it’s a trap. It’ll be a longer chapter.