I’ve re-read the first draft and noticed three things:
1. There are still a lot of superfluous scenes – superfluous in that they relate to an idea for the ending that didn’t eventuate.
2. The voice is utterly wrong for the piece. Too… optimistic almost. This is dystopic fiction, Daniel!
3. For the reader to care about my ending I need to write a few scenes much earlier to contextualise it.
The beauty of the first re-read!