Transition from Chapters 1, 2, 3
I return to J.E.T.S Equation, Sitnalta, having read and reviewed Chapter 3. Chapter 4 harks back to Chapter 1 and 2, for this reader, in a thoroughly satisfying way.
In Chapter 3, we make a trip outside the submerged city of Sitnalta to meet Jag. According to the introductory description, he is a New York City "bad boy" who lacks ambition and is a loner. At the open of Chapter 3, we find Jag seated in a NY subway. During his ride, he notices two thugs annoying a young girl. They scare her. She begs them to leave her alone. They continue to taunt her. Jag asks them to leave her alone. They ignore him. With a surge of adrenelin and one masterful leap, he subdues both of the thugs, much to his own surprise. At the chapter's end, I found myself thinking ahead-excited and impatient to learn how Jag and the 7 other young people will be banded together to form the group of eight 18 year old students described in the introduction.
The Council Makes a Life-Altering Decision for Eight Young Adults
Once again, the Council convenes. Omree, Science Order Overseer, urges the Council to move forward to initiate the "Gathering." He reassures them, "these 8 young adults have reached the age of eighteen years. Originally, we planned to initiate the Gathering when they were twenty-two. However, at their present age, they are mature enough to understand the crisis before each of our peoples, their enhancements have proven to be successful, and they are of bonding age, as well."
Omree continues: "We must bring the Sun-Dweller's to Sitnalta. We must ensure our own survival. I know better than most that this plan is self-seeking and devoid of any regard for the feelings of those involved, but our people's welfare is my foremost concern. Omree insists: "The Gathering must commence at once."
Following a brief discussion of the the pros and cons of Omree's recommendation, a profound decision is made: Omree registers the Council member's formal nods of approval. This marks the close of the meeting. Semylyn fought to control her emotions and made her way to the chamber's doors. Troyak stepped next to her, matching her stride. Semylyn feels the fear and anger that overwhelm Troyak. Walking side by side, both are reeling with distress upon hearing Omree's pronouncements.
Analysis: This is a pivotal occasion. A life altering decision has been made for six as-yet- uninformed young adults, and the two young Council members who watched as the Council members determined their futures. This is where the book begins. Everything before this has been written to inform us and prepare us for this day and this meeting. Next, we will return to J.E.T.S Equation, Sitnalta to begin to address its life or death challenges.
Closing Note to the Author:
Nice work, Lynda. Your well written story is moving forward at
an engaging pace. I look forward to Chapter 5 !!
Bravo and all the best !