Sorry for long delay, I was caught up in works, my country flood crisis last year, GMAT test and my MBA application.
I was released from the pressure when Fudan university accept me into the IMBA prgramme. So yes, I will be in Shanghai this August and hopefully my summary will be better after learning some Mandarin.
Not much happened in this part, mostly the recollection of the previous book. However, Jaques and Ray started to take action into their hand separately. And rest assure that Fon is alive, though badly wounded.
But next part is where the plot start to develop again. And some old faces make appearance. ^^
And please note the cover, Jaques put his hand on top of Fon from behind!!!
Again, the summary is based from the online Chinese translation of the novel:
I have no knowledge of Chinese, so the summary was done with the help of the google translation and the knowledge from the manga version, therefore it may not be 100% accurate. You're free to correct me ^^.
The Genetic Sodom: Ilegenes ch7 part 1 (beginning of vol 2)
The summer almost came to end. The hill side of the Genam volcano that was usually covered by the summer rain is being replaced by mist due to cool autumn wind.
The brick blocks covered the classic shopping road where all weathered buildings stood proudly of their long commercial experience. One of them with the wooden sign painted with a side face of the beard man was ‘Horatio’ bar.
Ray was moving the last beer cart into the bar as Jaques’s sister, Serena, greeted him, commented that Ilegenes’s day time had become shorter. Ray was delight with the large basket full of beautiful flowers that she brought over for decorating the bar. The pink cosmos brought Ray the nostalgic time in his home garden. She picked them from her friend’s garden, all were natural flowers. She didi not like GMO flowers because their colours blinded her eyes. Ilegenes florists displayed flowers far beyond anyone could imagine with their genetic modified blazing colours and physic. However, Ray discovered that all flowers in Horatio were natural, pure and unpretentious just matching the bar’s simplicity; soothed the heart of all visitors as well as Ray’s. Serena gave Ray a pink cosmos, her smile is just as radiant as the flower.
Ray gazed happily at the gently swaying cosmos that he placed by the window of his attic room. His face grimed as his gaze shifted to the Delta Agora over the horizon. Two months ago, Fon and Duncan had the fatally confront at Don Basurto funeral. However, Fon return to work just 2 weeks after the event. Of course that the much provoked discussion about Fon was also pressured to stop. The general atmosphere of the island was like under the martial law. Everyone seemed to give up digging further, except one man, Magge Battle. However, Magge was seen drunken in Horatio and complained heatedly to Jaques that he was pressured not to look into any further or his newspaper license would be withdrew; his advertising revenue was also plummeted due to the pressure. His newspaper gained popularity just for a brief period, the readers had lost interest, assumed that the news was just another sensational fabricated reading.
“Death to the dictator! I won’t forgive him, I will resist to protect our freedom of speech!”
Magge declared in his anger but everyone clearly knew that all media were under Fon’s control. Merely Magge to go against the rest would hardly attract attention. Magge was confident that Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor was the clue to Fon’s secret; he got the video records of that moment. It seemed that Duncan had initial success attracted Magge to his scheme. Ray did not know where Duncan was but he had the feeling that Duncan was still alive. Ray was nothing but a pawn in Duncan hand.
The initial of the genetic modified artificial human industry was only limited to secret ilegeal activities. In the past, Ilegenes government only accepted the GMO plants for oversea order. However, in order to revitalize the domestic economy, Ilegenes government simplified the GMO technique and educated the public. This made universally everyone in ilegenes had access to GMO technology. Since Ilegenes is island, with the sea as the barrier, there is little risk that any biological crisis would affect other countries, so the global community accepts Ilegenes’s policy.
Originally, only agriculture area was targeted, but somehow the method of modifying human genes was obtained by some people who had become the genetic experts. Seeing the huge profit in this new knowledge, these people attracted the private sector and began the artificial human creation business. And thus, not only they learnt simple genetic modification but the people even successfully created the new industry that gave birth to The Genetic Sodom. Since then, experts compete and exchange their research, making this artificial human phenomenon suppressed all other research area. Ilegenes had become a huge laboratory, practically anyone can modify genes. Illegal sale of artificial humans had created enormous profits, everyone wanted a share in it, thus, link government and black market together. And this widening the gap between the rich and the poor, discontent on the corrupted regime was spreading wide until it reached the peak allowing the revolutionist to successful overthrow the government.
Fon had won such immerse support from the grassroots people that gave him the absolute power of his military regime and screened him from any question on his authority. Fon had eliminated the social gaps, the unemployment rate dropped, his populism policies had made people life comfortable including those in the black market where leniency was given to the activities. Life on the island was so comfortable, the perfect ‘Bread and Circuses’ system (note 1). As long as no one experiences any atrocity dictatorship, and keep on enjoy the well-being, none would care or fear the risk of Fon having absolute power to move Ilegenes into any direction he wanted. Ray concluded that Fon’s brain blueprint was indeed of the 20th Century dictators.
The city of Delta Agora from his attic window blazed brightly at night but under that beautiful artificial light laid the complex webs of chaotic and helpless societies. Ray was more confused and emotional distressed after he left Don Basurto’s funeral. Fon was right, Duncan knew no shame, he used and betrayed Ray because Duncan could not kill Purge Children after him. Ray wondered if he would do the same as Duncan when he had to face the Purge Children after him. Then there was this tan skin young man name Ange who was also affected by Mozart Symphony in G minor, he could be a Purge Children too. However, Ange sworn his life to protect Fon, why would the later Purge Children did this, was he made different from others, Ray was not sure.
Ray sat and watched the pink cosmos swayed by the evening breeze, calmed his mind. The day was Sunday, which is Horatio weekly holiday, everything was quiet; however, Ray could feel that he was being watched from afar. Should he leave the island and forget about being artificial human, returned to his parents and university; just forget everything as if these were nightmare. It was a logical choice and he would unlikely meet any other Purge children. He would be able to choose his own life not driven by Purge Children’s instinct.
Ray thought back when he met Fon in the cemetery, of Fon’s blazing peacock eyes, genetic modified like that of artificial flowers. What would Serena’s reaction be if she knew he was artificial created, not god created beautiful like herself and the natural flowers that she loved. Ray was afraid that he would become like Fon.
The time hit 11 pm, Ray heard a motorcycle slowly came to park outside of Haratio and went down to see Jaques entered the back door. Ray called out to him, not so please with Jaques who had been out consecutively nights and abandoned all the work in Horatio. Jaques sarcastically retorted that it was amused to have Ray gave him a lecture him (considered that Ray always ran out with his gangs all night in vol 1). Ray asked if Jaques went off to sleep around with women but Jaques ignored and walked passed him. Instead of woman perfume, Ray caught the smell of gasoline/petrol. Ray was very concerned; he then realized that Jaques went to the Delta Agora plaza hoped to catch a glimpse of Fon in the Presidential Palace. This was too risky as Jaques was still in the government blacklist. Jacques cut Ray from finishing his lecture, he said he needed to sleep and ordered ray to clean and peel all the potatoes. With that, Jaques dragged himself up to his bedroom.
The current Jaques’s and Ray’s positions were reversed of that in few months ago. Jaques was not himself; no longer the shrew and full of spirit but a lifeless man ever since Don Basurto funeral. His guilt over Fon’s injury from shield him from Duncan’s bullet was unbearable. On that fateful day, even the military threaten him to leave, Jaques insisted to be by Fon’s side until Fon gained conscious. Perhaps it was this dedication that the military did not force him to go and allowed Jaques to return home safely, much to everyone surprise.
Ray realized that Jaques is Fon’s only weakness. Overcame the Purge Children’s instinct to stay alive, Fon let his own heart rule over him and gave his life for Jaques. Deep in the heart, Ray speculated what it was like to use Jaques as a trap. By aiming the gun at Jaques’s heart, Fon would not hesitate to take bullet to shield Jaques. Ray shuddered at the thought, in this way he would be no different from Duncan. Ray could not overcome his instinct to kill Fon, but he did not wish to resort to such a low method. He did not know what to do now
Jaques sat on his bed and lost in thoughts of Fon. All the past few night s he spent sat in a corner looking over to the Presidential Palace. After Fon was shot, Jaques’s mind went blank, even when Nicholas arrived a the hospital and demand what happen form Jaques, all he could do was keep calling Fon and stayed by Fon’s side. The scene when that Fon took the bullet from him keep repeating in his mind and in his dream Fon did not speak but silently blame Jaques. Jaques felt that Fon did not blame him for the reason he was shot but for Jaques did not believe the strong bond in their friendship.
Jaques hated himself so much. He was simple minded; he opened Horatio as the preparation for Fon after retored from the army. He always reserved a seat for his friend after a long straining day from politic. That what he thought was something he can at least do for Fon. Now he only could think that such act was coward, a way to escape the reality becasue he was too weak to face it and abondoned Fon to face it alone. 5 years ago when Jaques asked for his resignation, Fon gave him a faint smile but true from his heart. Fon only said that politic did not suit Jaques and did not wish to see Jaques lost in this mass. Jaques realized now that Von was considerate and understand Jaques's true feeling. But there is no escape now. Fon had promoted dictatorship and leading Ilegenes to the path of self-destruction, weather it was by intention or due to the Purge Children programme went out of control, and there is no one by Fon's side to stop him. Nor the Perch Children to follow can elevate the situation and guide the people to light, judged by the performance of Duncan and Ray. Jaques determined now that he had to do something.
Horatio was almost empty, due to evening rain and might also because of Monday Blue, the guests usually left early. The rain became heavier at night, and no sign of more customers, so Jaques started to pack up the place. A group of customers called out to Ray for bill, but when reached the table one of customers asked if Ray was the survivor of Accam’s anti-government movement (ch3). They introduced themselves as Accam’s comrades in anti-government movement. The man who first spoke to Ray introduce himself as Byron, the leader of Hammer of God movement, the one that responsible to the bombardment of the Confidential Guard headquarter. This terrorist group usually sent threat letters to media to create public stir before operate the terrorism, so to back-mail Fon into stepping down from presidency. Byron had back short hair, dark skin and tough facial profile. He had been searching for Ray after he heard there was a survivor from Accam’s destroyed base.
Byron: “You want to avenge Accam, right? We can help you. Join us, Ray”
Luckily Jaques was busy tidied up the bar to notice the group with Ray. Byrom placed a small card to Ray and said that he would be waiting for Ray after Horatio closed.
TBC ch7 part 2
Previous: ch6 part2
Note1: Bread and Cricuses
A metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was a political strategy to earn the public approval through distract people from politics and public policies by pleasing people with immediate satisfaction like entertainment and material desires. Thus, people become shallow and ignore the duty in supervising the state/country.