I’ve only had time to read one page of chapter 6 so far. I absolutely DO NOT trust August. I like him so far, but I’m convinced he’s evil or at least working with the bad guys. You can’t have something so perfect in a world of horrors without doing something evil to get it. I’m just waiting for him to betray Clio somehow.
I’m kinda confused about the setting, though. Are they now in a cluster of buildings surrounded by a wall in the middle of the bigger Gauntlet city? Or did they exit that city and enter a new adjacent one somehow? Or are they just in one very large building that August owns?
The setting is very intriguing – if we assume that this is a world without magic (which seems to be the case), then Gauntlet being so large seems highly unlikely in a realistic world (it is an abandoned building in the middle of the city in the beginning). That and other elements point to it being actually set up in Clio’s head (how that happened and who/why is doing that is the question).
What is a bit surprising to me is Clio’s reaction to the Gauntlet and people in it (August in particular) – after a near-to-death scare as she entered the place and the following days/weeks (?) that she spent with Brit trying to survive, she is extraordinarily un-wary of new places and new people.I would probably be asking everyone new the same question as soon as I see them: “what IS the Gauntlet?!! what is going on here???!!”