Warning: Contains Spoilers!
‘See you real soon in the one true world – the Kingdom of the Dawn Prince.’
Aufwader’s Thoughts: Some wonderful character moments here. What really tugged at my heartstrings was how Martin was very quick to tell Paul that he had done nothing wrong and should not blame himself. That alone is an act of defiance against the Ismus’ grand plan – instead of coming out of the Jax fog and being wracked with guilt, Paul has someone there to console him and not let him take the blame on his 11-year-old shoulders. If only the rest of the world had the same.
Matt’s Thoughts: The reunion between Paul and Martin has certainly been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Again, this is another scene that benefits from being read so soon after rereading Dancing Jax. I now clearly remember poor old Paul, aged 11, wandering the streets of Felixstowe trying to escape from the madness and failing miserably. In fact, it’s a wonder he’s not a bit angry at Martin. I suppose it’s made up for by what he did to Martin’s sci-fi collection.
But the part that got to me was actually the throwaway moment where Kate goes to talk to an old lady only to find she’s been dead for three days. The callous approach to human life that is rising in humanity (at the time of year when there are normally tales told of a Prince of Peace) is deeply disturbing.