It’s Penultimate Tuesday — the week before the thrilling finale of The Human Division. Which is not to say that this episode — “The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads” — does not have a few explosive moments of its own (look at that cover art! It’s got an explosion!). Here’s what this week’s episode is all about:
United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act, which had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery—or it could threaten her own life.
Readers of The Human Division will remember Danielle Lowen from Episode Nine, “The Observers,” as part of the contingent of diplomats from Earth. In this episode, we’re actually on Earth, and Lowen gets her moment in the spotlight. I’m happy with this because I’m pleased with how she turned out as a character, and wanted to give her a piece that let readers spend a little more time with her before we plunge headlong into the finale.
As ever, the episode will be chatted about over at Tor.com today, and I’ll include a link when it’s up (update: It’s here!). Also, and again as ever, feel free to drop reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, your personal blog or wherever you like, if the mood strikes you. As this is the shortest episode in the series (just over 6,000 words) I’m sure there will be some reviews griping about length, so it would be nice to have some reviews that talk about story instead.
Speaking of length, however, next week’s finale, “Earth Below, Sky Above” is a double-length episode — because we have quite a lot of get through before The Human Division comes to an end. You’re not going to want to miss it. Trust me on this.