We return back to Nat, who arrives to work another day at the casino.
It had never even closed, not for a day, not for an hour; management didn’t care that there was a hole in the roof as long as the slot machines kept ringing.
Except for that hole in your roof is going to knock up the electric bill at the end of the month by a fuckload if you still plan on maintaining normal room temperature within the building. So, maybe you should do something about it other than string heaters over it.
Nat goes and greets, Old Joe (that name – I can’t take it seriously), who is fat, super good at cards and OMG LIVED PAST 50! I feel like that’s supposed to send a shiver down my spine, but all I’m thinking is why has the lifespan decreased to so low? Is it because it’s constantly freezing outside? But…. what does that have to do with lifespan? It’s not like everyone’s in rags and getting frostbite.
But as usual the book goes “fuck you” and moves on without an explanation.
The creepy voice in Nat’s head is back again, spewing gibberish about stones and maps. It wants her to ask Joe about something. So she does. And Joe says it’s a map.
And then the voice in her head freaks out and tells Nat to steal the stone and kill Joe. She doesn’t kill Joe, but…………………………………..
“Give it to me,” she whispered, and somehow she knew he would do as told.
Joe flinched as if she’d hurt him. “Keep it,” he said finally, and walked away from her quickly.
I’m confused. Did Joe get creeped out by Nat’s whisper and was trying to get away as fast as possible or is Nat using her unknown mind manipulating abilities? Because she is supposedly one of those “marked ones” who can do mind shit.
This is poor execution on the author’s part.
That evening, Joe gets arrested because ??? and Nat comes to the conclusion that since they found Joe, they’ll find her because….. ???
But she already passed those eye scans. She literally has been out in the open the whole time and no one has done ANYTHING. Joe doesn’t even know who she is. How are they going to connect Joe to her?
1. Arrest Joe
3. Arrest Nat
She watches Joe get straitjacketed (why the fuck are they straitjacketing a fat old man?) and takes forever to come to the conclusion that she should run because that’s totally not the first instinct people get when they think they’re about to get arrested.
Next chapter, we switch back to Wes again. Like every other badass character, he has to have that horrible traumatic past. Both his parents die of cancer, but even worse, his little sister dies even earlier, but you aren’t told how because suspense.
Fuck you book. You can’t just kill people off because diseases and do you know how offensive that is to people with cancer to just push characters to their death because “lol cancer, no big deal”?
Oh, and his parents are gorgeous, which is why he’s gorgeous.
He’s just left the restaurant, and he’s pissed at everything. He’s pissed that he turned down the job offer. THEN WHY THE FUCK DID YOU TURN IT DOWN? He’s pissed that he has to starve. He’s pissed that “the boys” would have to starve. THEN TAKE THE FUCKING JOB YOU DUMBSHIT!
He thinks back to his parents, especially his mother.
She had hid her disease from them, beneath the makeup. She had worked until the end, and one day, had doubled over, vomiting blood backstage. Dead in a matter of days.
FUCK YOU. I HATE YOU BOOK FOR YOUR RIDICULOUSLY INCORRECT VIEW OF CANCER AND PUSHING IT OFF AS DISEASE THAT PEOPLE CAN JUST GO WALKING AROUND WITH LIKES IT’S NOTHING. YOU CANNOT FUCKING COVER A TUMOR THAT IS GROWING OUT OF YOUR BODY WITH MAKEUP BECAUSE A TUMOR IS NOT A BLEMISH ON YOUR SKIN, IT IS A HUGE OUTGROWTH. PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED NOT JUST TO FIGHT CANCER BUT ALSO BECAUSE CANCER IS GODDAMN PAINFUL. FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU.
The dad dies of cancer as well at age 29.
Because he can’t get money, Wes stops by “the death races” to get some. Basically, you race shitty cars around and if the cars implode then sucks for you.
There is one whole page of meaningless car racing and not surprisingly, Wes gets in first place. Bummer. He grabs his money and leaves thinking back to refusing to torch the place even though that seems like the simplest job a TOP NOTCH mercenary team could do.
He also contemplates on gambling.
Right. Because you can totally profit there.