Publisher: Tor Books
THE PLOT LIVES. ALL HAIL THE PLOT.
But, yes! After several weeks of entertaining, if not particularly plot-centric episodes of John Scalzi’s intriguing new serialized-novel venture, we get back to the nitty-gritty point of all this.
In a nutshell, the B-Team of diplomats at the heart of this whole shebang (that’s a valid description, things have gone bang shut up I’m talking) are once again taking centre stage, as they cross unexpected and rather life-threatening paths with a team of Conclave flag-waving types – notably Hafte Sorvalh, making a very welcome return from a previous episode (yay!).
Both teams come under fire from what appears to be a rogue ship, and both teams suspect and (almost, anyway) accuse the other side of being responsible for it. When they investigate the matter and discover what’s actually going on, we’re given quite a rewarding insight into what the real culprits are capable of and how far they will go to achieve their goals – even if we don’t yet know who ‘the real culprits’ actually are. This is looking good, in terms of action and suspenseful drama, for the last two episodes …
There’s also a pleasingly sympathetic heart to this episode – well, I say ‘heart’ … Oh, yeah. I went there. I DO NOT REGRET. Anyway! As well as providing a much-needed jolt to the action, there are also feels to be had from the end result of this episode. If you’ve read it, you know. If you haven’t, you might need a tissue handy… This is a great example of Scalzi at his best. Can’t wait for the finale!