It seems either everyone was on vacation this week, or the question posed at the end of Chapter 8 left everyone’s minds blank (or overloaded with possibilities) because only one person offered up an answer to the question, “Why won’t the engines start?”
It won’t start because the Osterois is linked to Jaden. Jaden cannot be in a different planet than where the Osterois is. Which means, Salinar is still reachable.
As you can guess from this turn of events, there will be no vote this week. The above answer will be the basis for Chapter 9, which should see the light of day on Monday, January 26, 2015. Until then, here’s another great chance to catch up on all previous chapters ( Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8) and prime yourself to give voice to this incredible story.
One final note: as the story gets longer, I understand that new readers might find it a challenge to get caught up by reading all of the previous chapters. In order to resolve that issue, I am looking into creating a cliff notes Page of sorts that will break down the characters, important objects and plots of all previous chapters so that newbies can jump right in without having to sludge through the entire book thus far, which hopefully will give everyone a chance to join in, regardless of where they start reading.