How did you feel about Jennifer's choice to leave her team?

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How did you feel about Jennifer's choice to leave her team?

Post by Amagine » 01 Nov 2017, 23:18

In the beginning, we see Jennifer make a hard choice to abandon her team and the life she built in order to create a new one somewhere else.

Was she selfish? Was it the right thing to do? Considering her reasons for doing it, were you sympathetic towards her?
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Post by Yolimari » 04 Nov 2017, 11:46

I was sympathetic towards her choice because I understood she suffered a lot due to the death of her partner. She had also done a lot for her people already. I could understand she needed a break or start over because of that. However, I also thought it was strange for her to leave them when they needed her the most. Their mission was of the utmost significance to save the Natural humans from the Syndos. Perhaps she could have taken her break or fresh start after finishing the mission.
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Post by ashley_claire » 04 Nov 2017, 12:40

Yolimari wrote:I was sympathetic towards her choice because I understood she suffered a lot due to the death of her partner. She had also done a lot for her people already. I could understand she needed a break or start over because of that. However, I also thought it was strange for her to leave them when they needed her the most. Their mission was of the utmost significance to save the Natural humans from the Syndos. Perhaps she could have taken her break or fresh start after finishing the mission.
I agree that it seemed like weird timing. Didn't her partner die five years ago? Why was she just now making the decision to dramatically change her life? Even though she made sure the team was well prepared for the mission, it still might have been hard for them to get over her absence.

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Post by Christina Rose » 04 Nov 2017, 15:19

I agree with others that the timing was off. A break was definitely understandable, but the way it happened didn't make much sense. Now her team, including her best friend, would have to deal with the idea of her supposed death, while also moving forward with an important mission.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 04 Nov 2017, 20:45

By putting Kylie in charge, she did her job, just not in the way that might have been expected. She needed to do something different than what they were doing.
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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Nov 2017, 04:25

CatInTheHat wrote:By putting Kylie in charge, she did her job, just not in the way that might have been expected. She needed to do something different than what they were doing.
She definitely needed to do something different … the way she went through with it was just so abrupt, and didn't allow for proper goodbyes or closure.

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Post by kenkomercy » 06 Nov 2017, 18:18

I understood and sympathized with her. I however felt the timing was wrong. Should she had left after the mission, I would completely support her.

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Post by jeminah28 » 06 Nov 2017, 22:18

Me? I feel that she is a bit selfish but her choice is also important for the team. In that situation, all I can say is I don't know what to do. It is very stressful on my part.
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Post by readandsmile » 07 Nov 2017, 03:51

Her choice is good. I feel it is too scary but she managed well to swim on the shore and survive until rescued. :lol:
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Post by Christina Rose » 09 Nov 2017, 09:49

kenkomercy wrote:I understood and sympathized with her. I however felt the timing was wrong. Should she had left after the mission, I would completely support her.
I agree that leaving after the mission would have been better timing. It also would have allowed the author to describe those battle scenes, which are usually typical to this genre.

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Post by Cotwani » 09 Nov 2017, 16:23

Her decision to abandon the team was a bad call as a leader, but the fact that she actually put everything she could in place to ensure success of the mission and then chose to also subject herself to some unknown future (or is it past?), with no hope of return and no guarantee of survival, made me feel it wasn't selfishness on her part, but rather, not being in the right state of mind.

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Post by Christina Rose » 09 Nov 2017, 19:46

Cotwani wrote:Her decision to abandon the team was a bad call as a leader, but the fact that she actually put everything she could in place to ensure success of the mission and then chose to also subject herself to some unknown future (or is it past?), with no hope of return and no guarantee of survival, made me feel it wasn't selfishness on her part, but rather, not being in the right state of mind.
Very good points. Although the act may not have been selfish per say, I agree it was a bad call as a leader.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 10 Nov 2017, 22:15

I believe it was a selfish move. She could have told Kylie outright. The latter would have understood the situation, especially as they were lovers.

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Post by Christina Rose » 13 Nov 2017, 14:18

Miriam Molina wrote:I believe it was a selfish move. She could have told Kylie outright. The latter would have understood the situation, especially as they were lovers.
This is true. They were best friends as well, so even if she didn't completely agree with the move, she may have understood. At least she would have been prepared.

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Post by readandsmile » 13 Nov 2017, 21:03

Christina Rose wrote:
Miriam Molina wrote:I believe it was a selfish move. She could have told Kylie outright. The latter would have understood the situation, especially as they were lovers.
This is true. They were best friends as well, so even if she didn't completely agree with the move, she may have understood. At least she would have been prepared.
definitely true!
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