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

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Re: How did you feel about Jennifer's choice to leave her te

Post by Barbiedole » 14 Nov 2017, 15:34

I understood her plight so I guess it's a good choice.

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Post by ktrae910 » 14 Nov 2017, 15:36

I was unsure, at first, why this seemed so important to her. I knew she prepared the team well, but it seemed like she sort of chickened out of the mission. By the end of the book, I understood what motivated her, even when she didn't really know. I would be disappointed if Levin didn't follow up the 'twins out of time' plot in the next two books. I find that part really interesting.

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Post by powergirl » 14 Nov 2017, 18:27

I felt that it was not appropriate that she left his team alone but I guess she knew what she was doing since she was the captain and she was commending this mission.But after the act she felt guilty.
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Post by kina » 15 Nov 2017, 21:08

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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.
I completely agree. I became really uninterested at this point. The whole thing felt very strange, especially since they were friends and lovers. They would be a lot closer than this or more should have been discussed at least to get a better grasp on how they both felt before and afterward.

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Post by Christina Rose » 15 Nov 2017, 23:50

kina wrote:
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.
I completely agree. I became really uninterested at this point. The whole thing felt very strange, especially since they were friends and lovers. They would be a lot closer than this or more should have been discussed at least to get a better grasp on how they both felt before and afterward.
I couldn’t imagine abandoning a best friend. In the very least, a note hidden away for Kylie to find later would have been a decent enough gesture.

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Post by Quinto » 16 Nov 2017, 02:36

It was selfish on her part regardless of how much she needed a break. Leaders should know better.

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Post by Anirudh Badri » 17 Nov 2017, 11:56

People deal with pain and loss differently, and if it would help then I think it was a choice worth taking.
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Post by prenaramesh » 17 Nov 2017, 13:33

I didn't have a problem with her choice to leave her team - everyone is allowed to retire, after all, and no one should go on a mission if they would rather not. However, I don't think she should have faked her death, and caused unnecessary grief to Kylie. In fact, this emotional upheaval might even have impacted the chances of success of the mission.

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Post by Christina Rose » 18 Nov 2017, 02:12

prenaramesh wrote:I didn't have a problem with her choice to leave her team - everyone is allowed to retire, after all, and no one should go on a mission if they would rather not. However, I don't think she should have faked her death, and caused unnecessary grief to Kylie. In fact, this emotional upheaval might even have impacted the chances of success of the mission.
That had crossed my mind also. If Kylie had become overly distraught, she wouldn’t have been much good either. Keeping the plan a secret was the selfish part, and not the smartest idea.

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Post by prenaramesh » 18 Nov 2017, 05:48

Christina Rose wrote:
That had crossed my mind also. If Kylie had become overly distraught, she wouldn’t have been much good either. Keeping the plan a secret was the selfish part, and not the smartest idea.
Yes! Exactly. And I don't think anyone in the team would have begrudged her the (for lack of a better word ) retirement. Or thought any less of her for wanting it

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Post by Maulyne » 18 Nov 2017, 10:54

Being the leader of her team who new much about the project than her team mates I think she did not make the right decision

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Post by vaz222 » 18 Nov 2017, 19:57

I would agree with her decision. She had her reasons.

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Post by Christina Rose » 19 Nov 2017, 00:38

prenaramesh wrote:
Christina Rose wrote:
That had crossed my mind also. If Kylie had become overly distraught, she wouldn’t have been much good either. Keeping the plan a secret was the selfish part, and not the smartest idea.
Yes! Exactly. And I don't think anyone in the team would have begrudged her the (for lack of a better word ) retirement. Or thought any less of her for wanting it
I agree. Some may have tried to convince her to stay, at least for one last mission, but I think they would have understood.

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Post by BoyLazy » 19 Nov 2017, 06:48

Anirudh Badri wrote:People deal with pain and loss differently, and if it would help then I think it was a choice worth taking.
Yes it's her choice. Right for her.
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Post by Amie Gene » 19 Nov 2017, 15:38

I don't think the timing was right for that decision. Zexton wanted her to go through with the mission, and I feel like her abandoning her team was also abandoning him. She grieved over him for so long, and I think this was one of the things that could have brought her closer together with his memory.

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