In the fifth chapter ofÂ Briarâ€™s Book, Tris tries to help Niko with a dire problem. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to read Circle of Magic.
HA HA, EVERYTHING GOT WORSE.
This chapter focuses entirely on Tris, and itâ€™s an interesting and necessary perspective at this point. I love that she tries so hard to tell herself that she doesnâ€™t really care all that much about her housemates when SHE TOTALLY DOES, SHE LOVES THEM, ITâ€™S GREAT. Her inner monologue is so absolutely unlike anyone elseâ€™s, too, though I still maintain that sheâ€™s got a lot in common with Briar. Theyâ€™re both fairly cynical, and you can see that cynicism within her thoughts in this chapter. She snaps at Little Bear and Briarâ€™sÂ shakkan for missing him, despite that she, too, wishes her friend was still around. I get the sense that Tris is not particularlyÂ used to caring about anyone, you know? Sheâ€™s used to being on alert, certain that the people in her life will mistreat her or insult her for a number of reasons. Thereâ€™s even a little moment here where she thinks about how often people consider it perfectly fine to comment on her weight after she climbs the stairs to the wall. You know whatâ€™s a good time to comment on someoneâ€™s weight and give them unsolicited advice?
N e v e r.
Anyway, this brief chapter covers a rather disturbing set of developments within the story, namely that the oncoming storms headed for Winding Circle may complicate matters. That storm is both a literal existenceÂ and a metaphor. I couldnâ€™t fathom a reason why Niko would tell Tris to go against her teaching in order to stop a storm, and neither could Tris:
Tris stared at him. â€œYou just asked me to meddle with the weather.â€
â€œYes.â€ He evaded her eyes, staring out at the dark landscape.
â€œBut you threatened dire things if I used my power like that. Iâ€™m not allowed to muck with nature.â€
â€œThis is different.â€
â€œHow do you knowÂ your telling me to do it wonâ€™t turn out as badly as if I did it on my own?â€ she demanded.
â€œI donâ€™t,â€ was the flat reply. â€œI feel itâ€™s important enough to try, though, or I never would have brought it up.â€
WELL, THATâ€™S ABSOLUTELY UNNERVING. Why? Why send Tris into a storm if itâ€™s so dangerous? WHY IS IT WORTH IT FOR HER TO TAKE A RISK LIKE THIS??? But hey, I got to enjoy Pierceâ€™s writing for the scene where Tris entered the storm, searching for a way to turn it off course.Â I love how poetic and smooth it reads, particularly when read aloud. And, as Iâ€™ve said many times before, I donâ€™t feel lost reading the action. Itâ€™s not easy to describe something thatâ€™s so metaphysical and strange, but Pierce does a fine job with it.
Unfortunately, thereâ€™s nothing good that comes of Trisâ€™s exploration. With miles upon miles of storms stacked up, ready to dump rain all over Winding Circle, Tris has to admit that any meddling would be pointless. Another storm would roll in behind it. At best, she couldÂ delay the next storm by a day, and what would that do?
It would give the city a day to protect themselves, given that itâ€™s now highly likely that the blue pox spreads by water. WATER. That essential thing that LITERALLY EVERYONE needs to survive. Water!!! Oh, and if this reveal isnâ€™t bad enough all by itself?
The guard took a deep breath, and straightened. â€œItâ€™s the blue pox, Master Goldeye,â€ he said, his eyes haunted. â€œInside the city wall.â€
THIS ISNâ€™T OKAY.
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