Renfield/Chatton relationship

Use this forum to discuss the April 2020 Book of the month, "Project Tau" by Jude Austin
Post Reply
Realsy
Posts: 17
Joined: 27 Aug 2018, 11:26
Favorite Book: The Host
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-realsy.html
Latest Review: Project Tau by Jude Austin

Renfield/Chatton relationship

Post by Realsy »

When you first get introduced to these two, Mason pairs them up to work on the new Project Kata. He feeds them both the story that Kata is a clone from another facility with memory implants. They are very different and dislike each other so you wonder what Mason was thinking. Then both decide through separate means that this was wrong and tried to atone for their mistake. Did anyone else find this interesting?

User avatar
B Creech
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1271
Joined: 09 Mar 2019, 13:34
2019 Reading Goal: 50
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 126
Favorite Book: The Reel Sisters
Currently Reading: Unhappy Warrior
Bookshelf Size: 199
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-b-creech.html
Latest Review: Forgive and Forget by Vincent Burke

Post by B Creech »

Yes, I wondered why Mason paired them up on the same project, and especially the one with Kata as the clone. I think Reinfield was basically a good person and I don't think he ever agreed with how things were done with clones. Chatton finally figured it out, but it took him a lot longer. But, yes, I found the two of them being paired on that assignment interesting, I just haven't figured out what his motive was for doing so!
B. Creech

Jocelyn Eastman
Posts: 156
Joined: 26 Jan 2020, 14:49
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 40
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jocelyn-eastman.html
Latest Review: The Reversal by Joseph P Hogan

Post by Jocelyn Eastman »

B Creech wrote: ↑
08 Apr 2020, 18:41
Yes, I wondered why Mason paired them up on the same project, and especially the one with Kata as the clone. I think Reinfield was basically a good person and I don't think he ever agreed with how things were done with clones. Chatton finally figured it out, but it took him a lot longer. But, yes, I found the two of them being paired on that assignment interesting, I just haven't figured out what his motive was for doing so!
I think they were paired up for his own entertainment.

I thought it was interesting that both of them figured out that what they were doing was wrong, but was a little sad that they didn’t figure that out with Tau alone. This revelation saved one and got the other killed.

User avatar
B Creech
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1271
Joined: 09 Mar 2019, 13:34
2019 Reading Goal: 50
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 126
Favorite Book: The Reel Sisters
Currently Reading: Unhappy Warrior
Bookshelf Size: 199
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-b-creech.html
Latest Review: Forgive and Forget by Vincent Burke

Post by B Creech »

Jocelyn Eastman wrote: ↑
13 Apr 2020, 19:47
B Creech wrote: ↑
08 Apr 2020, 18:41
Yes, I wondered why Mason paired them up on the same project, and especially the one with Kata as the clone. I think Reinfield was basically a good person and I don't think he ever agreed with how things were done with clones. Chatton finally figured it out, but it took him a lot longer. But, yes, I found the two of them being paired on that assignment interesting, I just haven't figured out what his motive was for doing so!
I think they were paired up for his own entertainment.

I thought it was interesting that both of them figured out that what they were doing was wrong, but was a little sad that they didn’t figure that out with Tau alone. This revelation saved one and got the other killed.
You are probably right, he paired them for his own entertainment! Mason was sadistic for sure! I wonder how Chatton will fit in to the next book!
B. Creech

User avatar
raindropreader
Posts: 55
Joined: 18 Mar 2020, 14:00
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by raindropreader »

I think that they were paired up because it added a drama aspect to the story. One loves to cuss and one flinched if a cuss word was said. If it had been two employees who were very alike there wouldn’t have been any banter between them.

User avatar
jdsatosk
Posts: 70
Joined: 08 Apr 2019, 11:36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 132
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jdsatosk.html
Latest Review: Homecoming by Jude Austin

Post by jdsatosk »

raindropreader wrote: ↑
14 Apr 2020, 17:01
I think that they were paired up because it added a drama aspect to the story. One loves to cuss and one flinched if a cuss word was said. If it had been two employees who were very alike there wouldn’t have been any banter between them.
Also, I think that the author wanted to show that even two very different personalities could come to the same conclusion - even from very different backgrounds and ethics perspectives- that something was very wrong with what was going on at that lab.

User avatar
NatRose
Posts: 155
Joined: 21 Mar 2020, 19:32
Currently Reading: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Bookshelf Size: 26
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-natrose.html
Latest Review: Who Was That Masked Kid by Dan Neiser

Post by NatRose »

raindropreader wrote: ↑
14 Apr 2020, 17:01
I think that they were paired up because it added a drama aspect to the story. One loves to cuss and one flinched if a cuss word was said. If it had been two employees who were very alike there wouldn’t have been any banter between them.
jdsatosk wrote: ↑
17 Apr 2020, 14:04
Also, I think that the author wanted to show that even two very different personalities could come to the same conclusion - even from very different backgrounds and ethics perspectives- that something was very wrong with what was going on at that lab.
Both of those are very good points. I think it definitely makes sense why the author would pair them up, but I'm still not sure what a good explanation might be in canon. Except that we don't actually know that much about Renfield and Chatton's abilities as scientists, so perhaps Mason paired them up because of their specialties or experience that would make them good handlers for Kata but simply weren't relevant to the story.

Jajachris
Posts: 121
Joined: 21 Apr 2020, 02:23
Currently Reading: The Blue Lagoon (Official Edition)
Bookshelf Size: 18

Post by Jajachris »

I think the Renfield/Chatton relationship was drafted by the author to further spice the drama in the story. They were both different and it was hard to see them working together but I think their pairing gave the story an interesting side with the different personalities and backgrounds

User avatar
esp1975
Posts: 1803
Joined: 21 May 2019, 17:00
Favorite Book: Among Others
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 84
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-esp1975.html
Latest Review: While the Universe Dreams by R A Whitridge

Post by esp1975 »

I thought it made perfect sense that these two men, who strongly disliked each other, would be made the two lead scientists on this project. If they were friends, or even friendly, they might sit down and talk, compare notes, and much more quickly would likely have come to the realization that Kata was not a project. By placing two people who were likely never to talk to each other outside times when they were forced to, it helped keep all information siloed and prevented people from putting two and two together.

User avatar
rdrumsey
Posts: 37
Joined: 28 Sep 2019, 00:25
Favorite Book: Korian
Currently Reading: Shadow Eclipse Voyage
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-rdrumsey.html
Latest Review: Project Tau by Jude Austin

Post by rdrumsey »

Jajachris wrote: ↑
09 May 2020, 12:39
I think the Renfield/Chatton relationship was drafted by the author to further spice the drama in the story. They were both different and it was hard to see them working together but I think their pairing gave the story an interesting side with the different personalities and backgrounds
I agree. But, the antagonistic relationship brought failure to communicate as an actual functioning team. Because of there extreme differences, they only seemed to communicate when they had to. In a normal situation, I feel they would have realized Kata was human.

User avatar
teacherjh
Posts: 1435
Joined: 15 Apr 2018, 23:16
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Currently Reading: The 7 Experiment
Bookshelf Size: 296
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-teacherjh.html
Latest Review: Seeds of Hope by Debbie Tremel

Post by teacherjh »

jdsatosk wrote: ↑
17 Apr 2020, 14:04
raindropreader wrote: ↑
14 Apr 2020, 17:01
I think that they were paired up because it added a drama aspect to the story. One loves to cuss and one flinched if a cuss word was said. If it had been two employees who were very alike there wouldn’t have been any banter between them.
Also, I think that the author wanted to show that even two very different personalities could come to the same conclusion - even from very different backgrounds and ethics perspectives- that something was very wrong with what was going on at that lab.
That is really interesting. I had not thought about the two people who worked most closely with the projects decided that what was happening was wrong.

Faithful Oso
Posts: 32
Joined: Yesterday, 07:06
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 10

Post by Faithful Oso »

I think they were paired so as to spice up the drama and entertainment in the book.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "Project Tau" by Jude Austin”