You know, there are a handful of things that I can't forgive an author for. I can put up with not getting the nuances for racial stuff right, I can tolerate a lot of violence towards women (when the women kick ass in return). I guess I'm not the most sensitive person in the universe when it comes to tropes and things. Story, to me, overcomes just about everything else. It's why I can read John Ringo and Stephen R. Donaldson without exploding. But you know...
“What did Gregory say?”
“That his father tried to contact him,” Cherry’s voice.
“Why is that bad?”
“His father is the one that pimped him and Stephen out when they were children.”There is just some shit that should not be done casually.
In other words--
So yeah. This chapter isn't off to a great start.
There's a thing I call plot bunnies. I expect there is a real name for it--probably tropes--but that's what I call them. Author realizes that they cannot introduce an new character, drop a plot bomb or institute a plot twist (or better, a plot Crazy Ivan) so they reach for a bunny. The food porn in Sunshine, the clothes porn in Hunger Games. The songs in Lord of the Rings (OH GOD THE SONGS. THE SONGS). Anything that makes you go OOH LOOK A BUNNY while you're waiting for the plot to move.
So far in this book we've had a sadistic asexual pedophile AKA Musette, a rescue threesome, murder involving nailing to walls, murder involving liquifaction of body, and now we have gross child abuse. I do not think LKH has any bunnies that are not terrible.
And of course this is all a terrible revelation to Anita, who has only been the Pard's emotional support for, like, a solid fucking year.
Micah tells Anita that he's going to go get Gregory and...uh, that's it. The chapter is mostly about Anita talking about how she can't wake up, and it ends with her going back to sleep.
I am wracking my brain to figure out why this chapter is here, and I can find no reason for its existence whatsoever. I'm just going to bed now.