...are you tired of reading these generic hello messages yet??? XD
ONTO THE REVIEW.
Jasper stared at Sunny and her thick reference book. Then, maybe sensing that she was serious about potentially throwing it at him, he sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose.
“Look here, hero. I’m doing this for both of our benefits. How else do you expect to get home? Or do you want to stay here”– he waved his arms around– “forever, eating knockoff burgers and hearing code all day, every day?”
Sunny’s arm wobbled a little. “I mean, no, not really. But there’s got to be a better way to leave than tampering with the ambassadors.” She stepped forwards, towards Robert.
Jasper made no attempt to block her. So far, so good. Robert’s screen was displaying lines of text (code?), although Sunny couldn’t make out what they said yet.
The ex-hero just shifted his sitting position and blinked his tired eyes at her. “Trust me, I’ve tried everything in the thirty or so years I’ve been stuck here.”
I actually feel quite sorry for Jasper here. Like, I know that you kind of set up him as the villain, but I'm not really feeling it. Like, now that we understand what he was doing, I feel like he is perfectly justified in taking away the errors and trying to make a home for himself that reminds him of the home that he had before he was ripped away from it and then not allowed to return home, even after he had accomplished his task, due to some minor technicalities. Like, that would SUCK. Why not try to tear apart the world that ignored him?
But even then, the fact that he only has built an In-N-Out also makes me totally sympathetic. Like, I remember living in Japan for several months (I am not Japanese nor speak/read the language, haha, so I was really a fish out of water) and I remember being very homesick. Like, I would just wander around the city looking for burger places just to eat SOMETHING that reminded me of America. So then I would find a burger place and it would have carrots on the burgers, and it would just make me even more homesick, lol. But like... at least there were burger places. But sandwiches?? Do you know how hard it is to find a sandwich place in Japan??? Almost impossible! I had to go to several cities and walk around a bit before I finally found a Hawaiian place that sold club sandwiches. So I **get** it. Being homesick sucks.
So anyway. I don't really feel like he's the villain anymore, lol. He's not acting villainous, really, and is incredibly reasonable.
Jasper turned back to the ambassador and considered him for a moment. Then he let out a long-suffering sigh and drooped against the red-and-white tiled floor. “Sure. What does it matter, anyway? We’ll be stuck here forever.”
See??? If he was the villain, then would he let Robert go this easily?? I don't think so! (Though, I do think that he does give up a little too easily...)
“No…” the boy said, lolling his head back onto the seat.
...head lolling back in the seat??? This sounds frightening...
Sunny breathed a sigh of relief– she had no idea how she’d fix any tampering to complex code like this– and rummaged around in her backpack for the extra batteries Professor Polly had packed. She plugged Robert in and watched as the screen brightened, noting the 10% battery warning in the bottom corner.
YAY FOR PROFESSOR POLLY! Also, how did Jasper manage to tamper with any code when Robert's battery was so low? I don't get it...
Sunny grimaced. Did every single line have some kind of method call? And what did “execute ending sequence” mean? Or “continue as usual”? She turned to Jasper for an explanation, but it looked like he’d dozed off, still slumped against the side of the booth. He was frowning even in his sleep.
Not a huge fan that Jasper just kind of gives up and falls asleep. It seems pretty anticlimatic. Even if he refused to answer Sunny's questions, it would heighten the drama nicely.
Just as she was turning to leave, a flash of white in the corner caught her eye. Sunny swiveled back to the room and bent down. Was that…? She cleared away a few boxes and blew the dust off of a floating rock. Wait– no– not a rock; an ambassador! Sunny’s eyes widened. The robot looked like Robert had when he’d first revealed himself in Javaland– a smooth white oval hovering in the air.