mormont Posted January 5, 2022 Share Posted January 5, 2022 (edited) If Kit and family only show up to fulfil the purpose they have in the story, they don't fulfil the purpose they have in the story, because we don't know them and have no reason to care. They become obvious story levers instead of characters. Those earlier chapters with them set the scene. There's a bunch of stuff in there about how Bakari has personality (at least in the eyes of his father) despite being very young, and about the family dynamics that let us care about their fate. I don't feel the first part of the book drags so I don't see a problem to solve, but if I did, this wouldn't be the solution. ps recalling those early scenes, I have to say poor Giselle. I guess she wouldn't exactly have been dropping by Nieuwestadt weekly but as things turned out, she never got to see Kit or Bakari again. But somehow Alex wound up getting to spend the rest of his life with them. And it was all because of Alex's best friend in the world. I feel like Giselle gets a seat at the high table at the We Hate James Holden Club meetings, which I believe are very well attended. Edited January 5, 2022 by mormont Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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