Six of Us
In which Claidyne ven’Orikle has not learned from experience.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the work the Scouts have been doing. They’ve been very busy off-screen rolling up bits of the Department while we’ve been following our favourite characters around.
I feel like there have been more scenes of people having to wait for atmospheric pressure to equalise in this book than there have been in the entire rest of the series to date. That might just be a coincidence of the habitats they’re visiting, but I’ll be impressed if it somehow turns out to be foreshadowing for something. On the other hand, it could just be that it makes a useful excuse to make the characters sit still and talk about what they’re going to do next.
I’m not sure what’s left for Tarona Rusk to do now, unless it’s to go after the Commander of Agents in person.
Speaking of Scouts, as I was a moment ago, I’ve been struck with a thought that’s probably too tidy to actually be going to happen, but I’ll mention it anyway because then I’ll feel very clever if it’s true: Daav and Aelliana, when we last saw them, were off to accompany a Scout Strategist who was going to see to a “rather delicate decommissioning”. What if Department Headquarters is what he’s coming to decommission?