He wakes up and no longer has the feed. He tries to connect to the feed, chat with people, watch shows but nothing works so he opens his eyes. He is forced to look around, at the walls, at the picture of the boat. His parents have been notified and they are on their way. The police tell him that they caught the hacker and that he's one of the worst ones and they're now going through everyone's feeds to get information to use against the hacker in court. Titus doesn't know what people did before the feed, when the feed first came out it was advertised as an educational tool, so your children could have information closer than their fingertips. Titus this it's so crazy that people used to have computers that they carried around instead of having them in their brain, he compared to to carrying around your lungs in a briefcase and opening it when you need to breathe. Titus then tells thinks about how there are different things in your feed that get to know you and what you want, they take it back to the companies who make things the people want, he says there's no use trying to stop the companies because they will always rule everything and that they employ "like everyone" so there's no way the world could get by without them. They had all gone a day without the feed and were so bored, by this time their parents had probably landed on the moon and would be there the next morning. That night they were all supposed to be sleeping but when Violet got up to go to the bathroom Titus stops her and says hey, they both sit there for awhile in silence and Titus likes it. Then he realizes that she's crying and she says she tries to be normal just once and she's screwed. Titus wanted to say something, but he said that saying the right thing was like brain surgery so instead they just sat there. He hoped that she could see the smile in the light of his brain waves because he liked it so much. The next morning Titus' father came and looked very business like, like he was going to get some clarity. When Titus asked his father when he was going to get home his father was talking to someone and left. Quendy then asked Violet when her parents were coming but she said they weren't at all because they were busy. No one heard anything for the rest of the day. The next morning they decided they needed some cheering up so they made up a game. Titus said this was one of the best days of his life, they played their game and sang a song. By the time they were eating dinner Violet said that may this was their salad times, their happy times and Titus asked what was happy about a salad, Violet responded, "Ranch." Violet was off talking to the doctors while the others were playing their game again and when Violet returned Titus knew something was wrong. She told him she wanted to take him somewhere, she took him to a giant window that looked over what once was a courtyard. The ceiling was leaking and Titus compared one of the bushes to a Squid, Violet said that he was the only one that uses metaphor. At that moment they looked at each other and kissed. Titus was noticing the little details of the world around him, including every knuckle on Violet's spine. Now they were watching as Marty was making up a new game and they talked about their families. Violet wanted to know all about Titus' family, his father did some sort of banking but Titus didn't know what it was and his mother was in design. Violet's father is a college professor and teaches the dead languages, Titus was interested and asked more about it so Violet went to her bag and got out a pen and paper. Titus was astonished that she wrote, he asked her why didn't she use the feed it was much faster and she replied that she was pretentious. She asked Titus if he could read and he said some, though he protested it in school because the silent e was stupid. She wrote some of the language called BASIC and he didn't know how to read it. That's when it dawned on Titus, he asked her "your father is a professor but he didn't have time to come here when you collapsed from being hacked?" She replied, "No, but that's what I told you." They got their feeds back in them and the process that they go through is described. Titus goes into a room with a nurse, doctor and technician. They place the feed back into him and at first he doesn't feel anything, but then slowly it comes back and they're all so happy. The group begins to feel themselves like they never have before and they begin to dance. Titus and Violet find each other's hands and they dance, hand in hand.
I like love this like part of the like book. All of the like characters like struggle with like what they should like do without their like chip. Even the like doctor isn't like educated and he's like the one that like is in your like brain!
HOW ANNOYING IS THAT?! I wanted to do it for my entire post but it even annoyed me and I don't have to read it. The doctor that was putting the chip back into Titus' brain talked like this, as did Titus' father who is an important banker. Their lack of education is apparent and I want to know how jobs are decided in this world because if I have a doctor that speaks to me like that and doesn't know what's going on I wouldn't let them go near me, let alone my BRAIN!
Let's also look at Titus' illiteracy. In this world you don't need to read because everything is told to you through the feed, it is you and you think and feel the way the feed shows you to. There's nothing to read or write anymore because you can just think what you want to happen and it does. The astonishment when Violet brought out a pen and paper illustrates how foreign reading and writing is. It also is a crazy idea to Titus that people used to carry around their computers, our laptops. He compares it to breathing and carrying around your lungs in a suitcase and when you need to breathe you open the suitcase. The people of this time in this world think that their feed is essential to LIFE! Yet when we see the feed taken away some of these people flourish and truly get to think.
The boat picture gets me every time. That stupid boat that isn't moving and there are no people on it. It shows that there is no appreciation for the arts either. This is continued to be proven wit the music that is played and they way that people dress. Looking at that boat made Titus angry and he couldn't see it for anything more than being a boat with no people. He said it doesn't make sense because it hasn't been anywhere and isn't going anywhere. Although he can't capture the beauty in the art, he is still being forced to think about it, which is something that he has never had to do before.
I'm super skeptical about Violet and very interested to see what happens with her. I want to know more about who she is, what she does and where she comes from. She's clearly not like the others in the group because she wears cotton clothing, can read and write, and isn't completely obsessive with the feed. She notices the little things like the plant through the window. She also lies to Titus about why her parents can't come so that makes me even more interested. At one point she says "you try to go out and be normal for once and you're screwed," or something along those lines. Don't quote me word for word. Anyways, this makes me think about what she's really like if this isn't her normal. Where does she come from and what does she do??