Wow, that's two thank-you posts in one week. Apparently I'm feeling grateful.
I want to thank everyone for their answers to my advice question from yesterday. I was extremely helpful hearing a few different points of view, and hearing that maybe—if done right, of course—the info dump wouldn't be too bad. It seems like most people liked the exam studying options, be it textbook or study session. There will surely be some general exposition—how could I possibly get around it, really? Some of the information I'll try to spread out. For example, in the opening chapter they're watching a special news break, and that would be an easy place to throw some of it in, but not enough. And a decent amount shows up in Chapter 6 already, but the complaint I got was that it was too late and the reader was already skeptical about the reality.
Okay, well, I shouldn't info-dump here, either. Just a big thanks to those of you who kicked in your two dollars (inflation, don't ya know?).