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Review:hsw says:
I was supremely irritated by Reid showing up while Cecilia was still upset about her breakup with Icarus. That really was very insensitive of him. Yet, in that scene, you again wrote him so that the readers can see a crack in his usual smug mask. That makes me feel my sympathetic toward him, although I'm quite sure I would not like him if I knew him in real life. The conversation with Siobhan was good. She is an intriguing, complex, and sharp character. I think she is the most interesting character you have developed.

What I liked most about this chapter, I think, is that Cecilia spent so much time reflecting. I think that is a good way to let us in on her thought process and develop her a bit. I thought it particularly fitting that Prof. Ampara's death came in this reflective chapter. I love all the little ways in which you remind us of "Unsinkable" since of course this is a sort of parallel, behind-the-scenes story. The remark near the end about Cecilia being not quite 17 surprised me. Of course I know your characters are that age, but it is easy for me to forget while I am reading. Perhaps because you are older, your characters seem more mature. Not that everything Cecilia and Reid (and the others) do could be considered especially mature, your writing sometimes makes them come across that way to me.

Author's Response: Oh dear, I've been fearing that I'm getting too old to write teenagers. I remember the things I did as a teen (and the logic that followed them - reading my old journals is by turns embarrassing and hilarious) and it all just sounds so ridiculous and exhausting now. I would have kicked Reid to the curb now, but as a teen I don't think I would have... I did some stupid stuff over guys at that age. I don't know how I had the energy for it.

Anyway yes, Reid = insensitive, bullheaded jerk. lol. Cecilia's a bullheaded jerk too though. Most teenagers are, in my experience. I'll have to hang more with my 14 year old cousins and see if I can regain some teenage mindset. Thank you for reviewing!


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