I haven’t posted an update for nearly two months, but that was because I was so busy re-reading the books. I’ve got a bit of a lead now, so if I try to release notes from a chapter every week or so, I should be able to stay ahead of things.
Here are some of my notes from Chapter 1. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, but please don’t post any spoilers for someone who might be reading along. I’ll make another post for spoilers.
I’ve said it before–I try to write the kinds of books that I enjoy reading. Writing a book was part bringing to life an idea and part discovering where an idea was going to go as I wrote it.
I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I really enjoyed reading the bit before the start of Chapter 1, told from the point of view of someone from the Society. I don’t know if it grabbed anyone else, but it has me really excited to re-read this book.
I was also shocked when I saw the copyright date. 2014 seems like so long ago. It looks like I published it in July of 2015, but apparently I did the bulk of the writing roughly 8 years ago. In some ways, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing it. In other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since then.
It was fun to contrast the opinions that the ‘grubbers’ and ‘ants’ have of each other. It feels like people in the U.S. have continued to get more and more entrenched in their positions and vilify each other. It was bad enough eight years ago when I wrote this. I feel like it’s only gotten worse since then.
In hindsight, it feels like I went back and forth in this chapter as to how much information the people in the city had about Skye’s people, and what they were up to. That’s unfortunate, but hopefully it’s not too much of a distraction for the reader.
I really like writing super-powered people. Skye’s take down of the two enforcers was quick and brutal, much like you’d expect from someone who received military training, but I love that she hesitated afterwards. It’s one of many little signs that her programming is probably not as complete as her superiors think it is.
If this is your first time through The Society, what aspect of this book are you most looking forward to?