Some of my speculations about how the Worthing Chronicles part of the book was going to develop were not that far off.
For those who may pick up this book; there's a woozy of an emotional roller coaster right around the parts where Stipock is introduced. I advise reading it in private as readers prone to sudden moistening of their ocular apparatus may suffer exaggerated spasms of their blepharo organs in an effort to minimize a potentially embarrassing lachrymal situation.
"No society can stay the same, because the young ones have to change things to show there's a reason for them to live."
"And they saw in Jason's mind the things he treasured most, the memories that were strongest, and they were all the times of fear and hunger, pain and grief. And they looked into their own hearts, and saw what memories had endured ~ and they where the memories of struggles and accomplishments ~ these had lasted , while the simple contentment had not. They saw that this was what had made them good, even in their own eyes; and because they had left the rest of man no evils to overcome, they had robed them of the hope of greatness, of the possibility of joy"
Now deep down isn't that why we like to watch epic adventures? Why we feel all choked up with emotion during the "hero moment"?
We ask ourselves
'Where now can I distinguish myself like that?'
'Where my chance to be heroic?'
'Where the struggle and the glory?'
Ponder that awhile as I finish reading the book.