Voting has closed over at the Fiction Express website so it’s time for me to share my thoughts about the new chapters. Please be aware I discuss some of the things that happen in the chapters and the voting choices so if you haven’t read the chapters yet there are spoilers ahead.
Diary of A Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja.
Last week’s voters decided that Molly and Ameera should get away with their snooping, this meant they got plenty of time to discover some of Jewel’s secrets. I had got a few ideas about the secrets she and Jasper were hiding, I wasn’t all that surprised to discover I was completely wrong. I really liked that whilst we got to find out more about Jewel we’ve still been left wondering, now that I know a bit about her I’m really looking forward to finding out even more. I was pleased to see that Jamie and Liam have made up, I got the feeling that the party sounded too good to be true and the vote makes me think I might be right. I can’t wait to see what is going to go wrong next for Molly!
Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf.
Estelle started the chapter this week faced with the difficult choice we had had to vote on. I was really pleased to see her choose to attack Derek both because it was what I had voted for and because it allowed for another fast paced action sequence. I liked the way Estelle kept her promise to Shadow-Estelle even though it put her and Sandor at greater risk, I thought this fitted well with her character. I am interested by the appearance of the police but I’m currently feeling a little suspicious of them, I think I’ve watched and read too many things where the police turn out to be part of the conspiracy! I’m looking forward to finding out whether I’m right or wrong next week.
The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross.
This week’s chapter opened with Cyrus and Taja being rescued by Sammy, a young dissident. Their escape kept me on the edge of my seat – especially when Ozlam caught them. I was pleased to see Roxanne safe and reunited with them, but not as much as I was thrilled by Navid’s return to the group. I thought Sammy was an interesting addition to the group, he provided some answers to questions I’d had lurking at the back of my brain, like how big a supply of insulated gate handles the Children of Gova had. I liked that it was more Zeds that Giv had seen, the disastrous campaign Timur’s Zeds mounted against them made me smile – I appear to be taking great delight in how wrong things keep going for the bad guys! I’m looking forward to the result of this week’s vote, every option seemed full of potential peril.
The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton.
The vote last week saw Lok being handed over to the Officials, but poor Miko was thwarted in his attempts to get to him and warn him that he was now carrying a tracker. Drina came back to the forefront of this chapter, I like how her story is getting more and more entwined with Miko’s. I hope that the siblings will end up working together in the chapters to come. After being disturbed by Prophate last week the new reveals in this week’s chapter continued to be unsettling, the potential he has to blackmail Miko left me feeling very uneasy. I loved the reveal of the Blues standing behind Drina and Hedley, it felt like it served the smug Hedley right! I liked the discussions at the end of the chapter, I’m really looking forward to seeing the outcome of them next week.
After plenty of thought here’s how I voted at the end of chapter 7:
- Diary of a Mall Girl – Molly’s major lowlight should be Ameera accidentally letting slip to Jewel that she knows her secret.
- Soul Shadows – Estelle and Sandor should use the remote and attempt to control the shadow army.
- The Soterion Mission – The Constants should try to cross the damaged bridge, although they may get shot.
- The Last Symbol – Marsha should decide to allow Lok to speak to Drina and try to persuade her to join the Blues.
What do you think? How did you vote?