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* Woobie: All the Thralls and Travelers, especially Martha.

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* Woobie: {{Woobie}}: All the Thralls and Travelers, especially Martha.


* BornLucky: If it weren’t for Marty Gilbert’s blind luck, he’d be just like every other Thrall. He is, of course, ''far'' too proud to admit it. The Company likes to use him as an example for an ideal worker, something everyone can be if they try hard enough.
--> ''Marty Gilbert, along with Hope, eventually became major parts of The Company’s iconography. He embodies our every poorly-followed ideal. It’s one we can never live up to, and he presents it as a standard. Maybe we – maybe I could be just like Marty Gilbert? Try hard enough, and maybe. Just maybe there’s chance at being Free.''



* LuckyBastard: If it weren’t for Marty Gilbert’s blind luck, he’d be just like every other Thrall. He is, of course, ''far'' too proud to admit it. The Company likes to use him as an example for an ideal worker, something everyone can be if they try hard enough.
--> ''Marty Gilbert, along with Hope, eventually became major parts of The Company’s iconography. He embodies our every poorly-followed ideal. It’s one we can never live up to, and he presents it as a standard. Maybe we – maybe I could be just like Marty Gilbert? Try hard enough, and maybe. Just maybe there’s chance at being Free.''


* ImaginaryFriend: Martha has three. Not surprising, considering she [spoiler: spent four centuries alone maintaining the Space Needle.]] Peter is cynical and constantly criticizes her. Emily is supportive, though [[spoiler: she becomes quite angry with Martha as the novel goes on]]. Jack is meant to be her boyfriend. [spoiler: Eventually, they vanish one by one. First Jack leaves her on account of a ‘broken heart’. Then Emily leaves Martha when she or realizes she’ll never be able to make her happy. Finally, Peter leaves when he realizes that he’ll never be able to be a bigger bastard than the real people in her life. Though their leaving distresses Martha, it’s also representative of her becoming closer to her friends made of flesh and blood.]]

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* ImaginaryFriend: Martha has three. Not surprising, considering she [spoiler: [[spoiler: spent four centuries alone maintaining the Space Needle.]] Peter is cynical and constantly criticizes her. Emily is supportive, though [[spoiler: she becomes quite angry with Martha as the novel goes on]]. Jack is meant to be her boyfriend. [spoiler: [[spoiler: Eventually, they vanish one by one. First Jack leaves her on account of a ‘broken heart’. Then Emily leaves Martha when she or realizes she’ll never be able to make her happy. Finally, Peter leaves when he realizes that he’ll never be able to be a bigger bastard than the real people in her life. Though their leaving distresses Martha, it’s also representative of her becoming closer to her friends made of flesh and blood.]]


** [[spoiler: The fate of Jeff and Dawn, the Lady’s three month-old babies. The Bosses’ mercenaries break every bone in their body save their spines, sting them with colonies of wasps, and nail them to a metal cradle. All the while, they’re kept alive and fully conscious. After Martha makes a deal with Miss Jackson to ‘resurrect’ Gary, Jeff and Dawn are strapped to a machine that automates this process for ''fifty years,'' until Martha manages to put them out of their misery.]

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** [[spoiler: The fate of Jeff and Dawn, the Lady’s three month-old babies. The Bosses’ mercenaries break every bone in their body save their spines, sting them with colonies of wasps, and nail them to a metal cradle. All the while, they’re kept alive and fully conscious. After Martha makes a deal with Miss Jackson to ‘resurrect’ Gary, Jeff and Dawn are strapped to a machine that automates this process for ''fifty years,'' until Martha manages to put them out of their misery.]]]


* AmnesiacHero: While they don’t exactly have ‘’amnesia’’ per se, Gary and Martha still qualify. They’ve forgotten much of their past on account of literally having lived too long for all their memories to fit in their heads. Among other things, they’re unable to remember their last names and [[spoiler: the faces of their former lovers.]]

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* AmnesiacHero: While they don’t exactly have ‘’amnesia’’ ''amnesia'' per se, Gary and Martha still qualify. They’ve forgotten much of their past on account of literally having lived too long for all their memories to fit in their heads. Among other things, they’re unable to remember their last names and [[spoiler: the faces of their former lovers.]]



** [[spoiler: The fate of Jeff and Dawn, the Lady’s three month-old babies. The Bosses’ mercenaries break every bone in their body save their spines, sting them with colonies of wasps, and nail them to a metal cradle. All the while, they’re kept alive and fully conscious. After Martha makes a deal with Miss Jackson to ‘resurrect’ Gary, Jeff and Dawn are strapped to a machine that automates this process for ''fifty years,'' until Martha manages to put them out of their misery. Nobody said a dystopian novel would be ''pleasant,'' did they?]]

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** [[spoiler: The fate of Jeff and Dawn, the Lady’s three month-old babies. The Bosses’ mercenaries break every bone in their body save their spines, sting them with colonies of wasps, and nail them to a metal cradle. All the while, they’re kept alive and fully conscious. After Martha makes a deal with Miss Jackson to ‘resurrect’ Gary, Jeff and Dawn are strapped to a machine that automates this process for ''fifty years,'' until Martha manages to put them out of their misery. Nobody said a dystopian novel would be ''pleasant,'' did they?]]]



* ArtificalLimbs: Eternal President Clydesdale replaced one of his arms with a mechanical one. Nobody knows why. In all likelihood, he’s just that insane.
* Asexual: Thralls and Travelers generally aren’t romantic. The residencies in the Thrall district are split by gender. It’s not that they’re ignorant about love – it’s just that they don’t have the time or energy for it. While [[spoiler: Gary and Martha end up falling in love…sort of,]] they don’t get more physical than holding hands.

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* ArtificalLimbs: ArtificialLimbs: Eternal President Clydesdale replaced one of his arms with a mechanical one. Nobody knows why. In all likelihood, he’s just that insane.
* Asexual: {{Asexual}}: Thralls and Travelers generally aren’t romantic. The residencies in the Thrall district are split by gender. It’s not that they’re ignorant about love – it’s just that they don’t have the time or energy for it. While [[spoiler: Gary and Martha end up falling in love…sort of,]] they don’t get more physical than holding hands.



* ChekhovsGunman: The protagonist’s attempt at escape might have ended at least a ‘’little’’ differently had Charlie not hinted at their plans to Bateman, the bartender.

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* ChekhovsGunman: The protagonist’s attempt at escape might have ended at least a ‘’little’’ ''little'' differently had Charlie not hinted at their plans to Bateman, the bartender.



* InvincibleVillains: The Bosses, despite what [[WideEyedIdealists some]] would like to think.

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* InvincibleVillains: InvincibleVillain: The Bosses, despite what [[WideEyedIdealists [[WideEyedIdealist some]] would like to think.



--> [[spoiler: ''“It’s a shame,” said the president. '“You two have found love in your ignorance, the way you’ve erroneously connected persons from your past to those from your present. It’s unfortunate we’ll have to relieve you of said ignorance.”'’]]

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--> [[spoiler: ''“It’s a shame,” said the president. '“You two have found love in your ignorance, the way you’ve erroneously connected persons from your past to those from your present. It’s unfortunate we’ll have to relieve you of said ignorance.”'’]]”'']]



* SuperiorSpecies: The Bosses see themselves as ‘’true’’ humans. The protagonists agree that, at any rate, they’re quite different.

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* SuperiorSpecies: The Bosses see themselves as ‘’true’’ ''true'' humans. The protagonists agree that, at any rate, they’re quite different.



--> [[spoiler: ‘’You can’t take things back. You can’t turn back time, no matter how much of it you have. Reclaiming the past would take nothing less than the will of a god, and man’s true god has always been, always will be, coins on a string or numbers on a screen. A million famines exported for the sake of scorecards. Finally, the face atop the fountains has been scratched out, unrecognizable. Only Marty Gilbert’s remains. Finally, Hope is dead.’’]]

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--> [[spoiler: ‘’You ''You can’t take things back. You can’t turn back time, no matter how much of it you have. Reclaiming the past would take nothing less than the will of a god, and man’s true god has always been, always will be, coins on a string or numbers on a screen. A million famines exported for the sake of scorecards. Finally, the face atop the fountains has been scratched out, unrecognizable. Only Marty Gilbert’s remains. Finally, Hope is dead.’’]]'']]



* ThemeTune: The ‘’Agnus Dei’’ arrangement of the Adagio from Barber’s string quartet is mentioned multiple times.
--> ‘’Agnus dei. The lamb of God, a Hope for a better age when none was really needed. Every Hope disintegrates when we need it the most. People don’t make music like this anymore, music so beautiful, somber, sad, ethereal. No room for composers and concert halls in a world like this, a world ruled by people like the four before us.’’

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* ThemeTune: The ‘’Agnus Dei’’ ''Agnus Dei'' arrangement of the Adagio from Barber’s string quartet is mentioned multiple times.
--> ‘’Agnus ''Agnus dei. The lamb of God, a Hope for a better age when none was really needed. Every Hope disintegrates when we need it the most. People don’t make music like this anymore, music so beautiful, somber, sad, ethereal. No room for composers and concert halls in a world like this, a world ruled by people like the four before us.’’''


''Clocks that Don’t Tick'' is a 2014 dystopian novel set in a rotting world ruled by apathetic, immortal oligarchs known as the Bosses. It follows two five-hundred year-old bank tellers and a resurrected Charlemagne the Great in their attempt to escape their servitude. On the way, they are captured by the Revolution, a diseased horde bent on destroying the Bosses and protecting the girl they believe to be humanity’s salvation.

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''Clocks that Don’t Tick'' is a 2014 dystopian novel set in a rotting world ruled by apathetic, immortal oligarchs known as the Bosses. It follows two five-hundred year-old bank tellers and a resurrected Charlemagne the Great ‘Charlemagne’ in their attempt to escape their servitude. On the way, they are captured by the Revolution, a diseased horde bent on destroying the Bosses and protecting the girl they believe to be humanity’s salvation.



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The Thralls, The Revolution, and the common people all despise the Bosses.
* AbsurdCuttingPower: The Revolution's 'umbrella swords'.
* AerithAndBob: Gary, Martha, and Charlemagne the Great, though it's mostly subverted in that the latter is usually referred to simply as Charlie.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Averted. Most of the immortals look to be in their mid-twenties.
* AmnesiacHero: Not full amnesia, but Gary and Martha still qualify. The source of their forgetfulness is that they have literally lived too long for all their memories to fit in their heads. Among other things, they’ve forgotten their last names and [[spoiler: the faces of their former lovers.]]
--> ''“I see (memories) coming and going, struggling to stay above the water. Big shortage of life jackets. Sometimes, waves push them ashore. That’s how it feels to have a five hundred year-old brain.”''

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The Thralls, The Revolution, and the common people all despise the Bosses.
* AbsurdCuttingPower: The Revolution's 'umbrella swords'.
* AerithAndBob: Gary, Martha, and Charlemagne the Great, though it's mostly subverted in that the latter is usually referred to simply as Charlie.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Averted. Most of the immortals look to be in their mid-twenties.
* AmnesiacHero: Not full amnesia, but While they don’t exactly have ‘’amnesia’’ per se, Gary and Martha still qualify. The source They’ve forgotten much of their forgetfulness is that they have past on account of literally having lived too long for all their memories to fit in their heads. Among other things, they’ve forgotten they’re unable to remember their last names and [[spoiler: the faces of their former lovers.]]
--> --> ''“I see (memories) coming and going, struggling to stay above the water. Big shortage of life jackets. Sometimes, waves push them ashore. That’s how it feels to have a five hundred year-old brain.”''



** Gary and Martha don’t exactly enjoy working as a bank teller in a poor city for sixteen hours a day for five centuries. Charlemagne’s lifestyle of traveling the world is a little less boring, but he has seen far more horrors than they.

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** Gary and Martha don’t exactly enjoy working as a bank teller in a poor city for sixteen hours a day for five centuries. Charlemagne’s lifestyle of traveling the world is a little less boring, but he has seen results in him seeing far more horrors than they.horrors.



--> Hope betrayed us. We betray Hope.
* ArtificialLimbs: Eternal President Clydesdale replaced one of his arms with a mechanical one. Nobody knows why. In all likelihood, he’s just that insane.
* TheAtoner: Charlemagne would ''like'' to be this after getting his friends into their predicament. He’s never able to live up to it, however. His illusions of nobility are just that. Illusions.
* TheBadGuyWins: By a long shot. In the end, it’s revealed that [[spoiler: the Bosses had been watching the protagonists attempt at escape from the beginning, and could’ve captured them whenever they want. They simply enjoyed watching them struggle.]]
--> [[spoiler: You can’t take things back. You can’t turn back time, no matter how much of it you have. The past will never be reclaimed, for that is the domain of gods, and man’s true god always has been, always will be, greed. It has long had its way. Finally, the face atop the fountains has been scratched out, illegible. Only Marty Gilbert’s face remains. Finally, Hope is dead.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: The Bosses.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Gary, Martha, and Charlemagne all work for the Bosses, much to their and the Revolution’s chagrin.
* BigFancyHouse: The Bosses' mansions, which are made even more impressive by the fact they're built inside mountains. The one shown was said to include everything from the mercenary's quarters to swimming pools to indoor gold courses. The main level where the Bosses reside is made to resemble a luxury hotel with a courtyard. Said courtyard includes multiple hot tubs and golden fountains portraying Hope, her dress embedded with dozens of jewels. Above it all is a ceiling perfectly made to look like a starry sky. The mansion is also the only place shown that features futuristic technology appropriate for the novel's setting of five-hundred years in the future. For example, there are holographic control panels that can be summoned by the Bosses making a certain gesture.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Revolution can be very capable of evil, depending on who’s leading it at the moment.

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--> Hope betrayed us. We us once, and we betray Hope.
Hope every day.
* ArtificialLimbs: ArtificalLimbs: Eternal President Clydesdale replaced one of his arms with a mechanical one. Nobody knows why. In all likelihood, he’s just that insane.
* TheAtoner: Asexual: Thralls and Travelers generally aren’t romantic. The residencies in the Thrall district are split by gender. It’s not that they’re ignorant about love – it’s just that they don’t have the time or energy for it. While [[spoiler: Gary and Martha end up falling in love…sort of,]] they don’t get more physical than holding hands.
* AuthorityInNameOnly:
Charlemagne would ''like'' still considers himself to be this after getting his friends into their predicament. He’s never able to live up to it, a king despite the fact that he’s essentially a clone. He fully understands that he has no power, however. His illusions Many of nobility his fellow Travelers are just that. Illusions.
* TheBadGuyWins: By
presumably in a long shot. In the end, it’s revealed that [[spoiler: the Bosses had been watching the protagonists attempt at escape from the beginning, and could’ve captured them whenever they want. They simply enjoyed watching them struggle.]]
--> [[spoiler: You can’t take things back. You can’t turn back time, no matter how much of it you have. The past will never be reclaimed, for that is the domain of gods, and man’s true god always has been, always will be, greed. It has long had its way. Finally, the face atop the fountains has been scratched out, illegible. Only Marty Gilbert’s face remains. Finally, Hope is dead.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: The Bosses.
similar situation.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Gary, Martha, and Charlemagne all work for the Bosses, much to their and the Revolution’s chagrin.
* BigFancyHouse: The Bosses' mansions, which are made even more impressive by the fact they're built inside mountains. The one shown was said to include everything from the mercenary's quarters to swimming pools to indoor gold courses. The main level where the Bosses reside is made to resemble a luxury hotel with a courtyard. Said courtyard includes multiple hot tubs and golden fountains portraying Hope, her dress embedded with dozens of jewels. Above it all is a ceiling perfectly made to look like a starry sky. The mansion is also the only place shown that features futuristic technology appropriate for the novel's setting of five-hundred years in the future. For example, there are holographic control panels that can be summoned by the Bosses making a certain gesture.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Revolution can be is very capable of evil, depending on who’s leading it at the moment.evil when provoked.



* BookEnds: The novel opens and begins with [[spoiler: a character stating you can’t take things back. In the beginning, Gary says it. In the end, Martha does.]]
* TheBully: Peter, one of Martha's 'mind friends'. His roll in her psyche (and, therefore, the entire point of his very existence) is to be unkind and critical or her every action or thought. He even ''goes away''' upon realizing that someone else hurt her more than he ever could.
** Some of the Bosses and their mercenaries border on this.
* CameBackWrong: At one point, Charlie mentions that Miss Jackson was a kind, charitable woman before she died. When Clydesdale brought her back, she was driven mad by an identity crises. Indeed, while the other Bosses are apathetic towards the pain they cause, Miss Jackson seems to take joy in it. Charlie evidently has an identity crisis, too, but is far, far less evil.

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* BookEnds: The novel opens and begins with [[spoiler: a character stating you can’t take things back. In the beginning, Gary says it. In the end, Martha does.it’s Martha.]]
* TheBully: Peter, one of Martha's 'mind friends'. His roll in her psyche (and, therefore, the entire point of his very existence) is to be unkind and critical or her every action or thought. He even ''goes away''' upon realizing that someone else hurt her more than he ever could.
** Some of the Bosses and their mercenaries border on this.
* CameBackWrong: At one point, Charlie mentions that Miss Jackson was a kind, charitable woman before she died. When Eternal President Clydesdale brought her back, she was driven mad by an identity crises. Indeed, while crisis. While the other Bosses are apathetic towards the pain they cause, Miss Jackson seems to take joy revel in it. Charlie evidently also has an identity crisis, too, but is far, far less evil.



* ChekhovsGunman: The protagonist’s attempt at escape might have ended differently had Charlie not hinted at their plans to Bateman, the bartender.
* CoolCrown: Averted with Charlie's. It's made of plastic and is just for show.
* CrapsackWorld: It wouldn’t be much of a dystopian novel without one, would it?
** The common people live in filth and disease. There are more parents burying children than children burying parents, even though the average life expectancy is only around twenty. There’s super rabies and super AIDS and super cancer and none of it is the least bit curable. But that doesn’t keep entrepreneurs from saying otherwise. Many spend their meager life savings in order to buy the equivalent of snake oil. Most of the population has missing eyes, digits, or both. Not to mention, the Bosses’ mercenaries have a nasty habit of raping and pillaging when they’re off-duty.

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* ChekhovsGunman: The protagonist’s attempt at escape might have ended at least a ‘’little’’ differently had Charlie not hinted at their plans to Bateman, the bartender.
* CoolCrown: Averted with Charlie's. It's made of plastic and is just for show.
*
CrapsackWorld: It wouldn’t be much of a dystopian novel without one, would it?
one.
** The common people live in filth and disease. There are more parents burying children than children burying parents, even though the average life expectancy is only around twenty. There’s super rabies and super AIDS and super cancer and none of it is the least bit curable. But that doesn’t keep entrepreneurs from saying otherwise. Many spend their meager life savings in order to buy the equivalent of snake oil. Most of the population has missing eyes, digits, or both. Not to mention, the Bosses’ mercenaries have a nasty habit of raping and pillaging when they’re off-duty.



** Thralls and Travelers are beautiful, ageless, and free of disease, but are crushed under the weight of doing the same thing for centuries. Many attach themselves to their belongings and rarely, if ever, talk. Gary claims to be jealous of common people.

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** Thralls and Travelers are beautiful, ageless, and free of disease, but are crushed under the weight have been bored beyond tears on account of doing the same thing for centuries. Many attach themselves to their belongings and rarely, if ever, talk. Gary claims to be jealous of common people.



* CrazyHomelessPeople: There's no shortage of them in this setting.
* DealWithTheDevil: Martha makes one with Miss Jackson towards the end of the book. After she begs the Bosses to [[spoiler: 'resurrect' Gary in the same way as a Traveler,]] Miss Jackson agrees to do so, but only on the condition that [[spoiler: [[AndIMustScream Jeff and Dawn are kept alive to be tortured day and night indefinitely.]]]] For obvious reasons, the deal was hard for her to agree with in the first place. It's made even worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the 'Gary' they brought back isn't really Gary at all.]]
* DistantFinale: The epilogue takes place fifty years after the main events of the book.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Thrall district monorail broke down one day. Even though it only took the workers a matter of minutes to repair it, one of the Bosses had the head engineer dragged away and locked in an empty warehouse to starve to death, a Thrall's worst fear.
** The Bosses' general modus operandi.
* DogFoodDiet: Common people are oftentimes (If not usually) reduced to this. 'Dog food' here means eating actual dogs and other animals.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Fifty years after the main events of the book, Martha is once again working in the Thrall district. She recalls how Gary was killed by Miss Jackson, and how she pleaded for the Bosses to resurrect him. They agreed, but only at a horrible price: Dawn and Jeff, her adopted babies, will be tortured day and night until she has the nerve to kill them. Every day, Martha has to pass by them. They’re [[AndIMustScream trapped in a glass box, arms strapped to a clock-like machine.]] Every six hours, their arms and legs are broken by said machine. Once a day, a hive of wasps or a colony of bullet ants are released to bite them. This is made even worse by the fact that the ‘Gary’ the Bosses brought back isn’t Gary at all. Martha and Gary both carry a button with them. If pressed, they will put the babies out of their misery, but only one per button. Martha refuses to press hers, seeing as she doesn’t want the other one to be left alone. Gary refuses to press his, as the Bosses told them it would cause something bad to happen. One day, Chalemagne visits, now referring to himself as Ozymandias. He agrees to help Martha get the button from Gary. The novel ends with Martha putting both of the babies out of their misery and proclaiming that Hope is finally, truly dead.]]
* TheDragon: Nolan is this to William.
* DreamSequence: Martha has a couple, though she's technically awake. One involves her dancing with her imaginary friend, Jack. In the other she's back to the Space Needle as it once was, looking down at the world below as Peter accosts her.
* DrivenToSuicide: Gary, nearly. He pleads with Martha to kill him with their umbrella sword after learning that [[spoiler: he was largely responsible for her becoming a Thrall.]] When she refuses, he comes within an inch of offing himself.
** This is especially notable considering the distaste for suicide held by Thralls.
* DyingForSymbolism: There's a pretty direct example in Hope (the girl) dying. Guess what? Hope (the concept) symbolically dies as well.
* TheEmpire: The Bosses’ reach extends throughout the entire world. The situation in Seattle is hardly specific to it.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Averted with the immortals. Charlie seems to be more or less celibate. While [[spoiler: Gary and Martha end up falling in love…sort of,]] they don’t get more physical than holding hands.
--> ''“Really think we have time for romance?”''

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* CrazyHomelessPeople: There's no shortage of them in this setting.
* DealWithTheDevil: Martha makes one with Miss Jackson towards the end of the book. After she begs the Bosses to [[spoiler: 'resurrect' Gary in the same way as a Traveler,]] Miss Jackson agrees to do so, but only on the condition that [[spoiler: [[AndIMustScream Jeff and Dawn are kept alive to be tortured day and night indefinitely.]]]] For obvious reasons, the deal was hard for her to agree with in the first place. It's made even worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the 'Gary' they brought back isn't really Gary at all.]]
* DistantFinale: The epilogue takes place fifty years after the main events of the book.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Thrall district monorail broke down one day. Even though it only took the workers a matter of minutes to repair it, one of the Bosses had the head engineer dragged away and locked in an empty warehouse to starve to death, a Thrall's worst fear.
** The Bosses' general modus operandi.
* DogFoodDiet: Common people are oftentimes (If not usually) reduced to this. 'Dog food' here means eating actual dogs and other animals.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Fifty years after the main events of the book, Martha is once again working in the Thrall district. She recalls how Gary was killed by Miss Jackson, Jackson and how she pleaded for the Bosses to resurrect him. They agreed, but only at a horrible price: Dawn and Jeff, her adopted babies, will be tortured day and night until she has the nerve to kill them. Every day, morning and evening, Martha has to pass by them. They’re [[AndIMustScream trapped in a glass box, arms strapped to a clock-like machine.]] Every six hours, their arms and legs are broken by said machine. Once a day, a hive of wasps or a colony of bullet ants are is released to bite them. This is made even worse by the fact that the ‘Gary’ the Bosses brought back isn’t really Gary at all. Martha and Gary both carry a button with them. If pressed, they will put the babies a baby out of their its misery, but only one per button. Martha refuses to press hers, seeing as hers because she doesn’t want the other one twin to be left alone. Gary refuses to press his, as his because the Bosses told them it would cause something bad horrible to happen. One day, Chalemagne Charlemagne visits, now referring to himself as Ozymandias. He agrees to help Martha get the button from Gary. The novel ends with Martha putting both of the babies out of their misery and proclaiming that Hope is finally, truly dead.]]
* TheDragon: Nolan is this to William.
* DreamSequence: Martha has a couple, though she's technically awake. One involves her dancing with her imaginary friend, Jack. In the other she's back to the Space Needle as it once was, looking down at the world below as Peter accosts her.
* DrivenToSuicide: Gary, nearly. He pleads with Martha to kill him with their umbrella sword after learning that [[spoiler: he was largely responsible for her becoming a Thrall.]] When she refuses, he comes within an inch of offing himself.
** This is especially notable considering the distaste for suicide held by Thralls.
* DyingForSymbolism: There's a pretty direct example in Hope (the girl) dying. Guess what? Hope (the concept) symbolically dies as well.
* TheEmpire: The Bosses’ reach extends throughout the entire world. The situation in Seattle is hardly specific to it.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Averted with the immortals. Charlie seems to be more or less celibate. While [[spoiler: Gary and Martha end up falling in love…sort of,]] they don’t get more physical than holding hands.
--> ''“Really think we have time for romance?”''
]]



** The Lady of Pestilence is referred to by her title almost exclusively. When Gary asks her name, she says it’s Caylee. He might be one of the few to know it - when he mentions her real name, Mathew asks who that is.
* FantasticCasteSystem:
** The Bosses are oligarchs comprised of former politicians and businessmen. They were among the first to become immortal, and the only wealthy enough to pay for the procedure out of pocket. While they were always rich, now their material possessions and influence are far beyond comprehension to an average person. Any one of them could have millions killed at the lift of the their finger, all for fun. They spend the majority of their time living in their vast mountain mansions.
** The Bosses have entire armies of mercenaries to their names. They are provided luxury in order to keep them loyal, and are supplied with the latest in weaponry. While it's never said explicitly whether or not they are immortal, it can be reasonably assumed they are considering their health. While not running missions for their Bosses, the mercenaries kill time by harassing civilians.
** Thralls are people who were so afraid of death they took out a loan in order to afford the procedure to become immortal. Said loan is impossible to pay off due to its astronomical interest rates. Therefore, this essentially makes Thralls undying slaves. They work sixteen-hour shifts and only get one day off a year. In addition, nearly all of them have lost appreciable amounts of their sanity, whether due to stress or the fact that their brains have literally overflown after the passing of centuries.
** Travelers are essentially clones of historical figures made for the enjoyment of the Bosses. Like Thralls and Bosses, they are immortal and immune to disease. They are educated on the person they 'used' to be, then sent out to the world via their own private jets, passed between one Boss to another to be treated as they see fit.
** The life of a common person is a short one filled with death, tragedy, and disease. All hate the Bosses, and most hate their 'servants' as well. Their sickness reflects on their appearance, with all of them having some sort of deformity such as missing eyes, missing digits, or rotten teeth. As the protagonists find out, the only thing keeping them going is the last vestiges of love for one another they can muster in such a time.

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** The Lady of Pestilence Futures-Passed is referred to by her title almost exclusively. When Gary asks her name, she says it’s Caylee. He That might be one have been one of the few to know it - when he mentions her real name, Mathew asks who that is.
* FantasticCasteSystem:
** The Bosses are oligarchs comprised of former politicians and businessmen. They were among the first to become immortal, and
the only wealthy enough to pay for the procedure out of pocket. While they were always rich, now their material possessions and influence are far beyond comprehension to an average person. Any one of them could have millions killed at the lift of the their finger, all for fun. They spend the majority of their time living in their vast mountain mansions.
** The Bosses have entire armies of mercenaries to their names. They are provided luxury in order to keep them loyal, and are supplied with the latest in weaponry. While it's never said explicitly whether or not they are immortal, it can be reasonably assumed they are considering their health. While not running missions for their Bosses, the mercenaries kill time by harassing civilians.
** Thralls are people who were so afraid of death they took out a loan in order to afford the procedure to become immortal. Said loan is impossible to pay off due to its astronomical interest rates. Therefore, this essentially makes Thralls undying slaves. They work sixteen-hour shifts and only get one day off a year. In addition, nearly all of them have lost appreciable amounts of their sanity, whether due to stress or the fact
times she was ever asked that their brains have literally overflown after the passing of centuries.
** Travelers are essentially clones of historical figures made for the enjoyment of the Bosses. Like Thralls and Bosses, they are immortal and immune to disease. They are educated on the person they 'used' to be, then sent out to the world via their own private jets, passed between one Boss to another to be treated as they see fit.
** The life of a common person is a short one filled with death, tragedy, and disease. All hate the Bosses, and most hate their 'servants' as well. Their sickness reflects on their appearance, with all of them having some sort of deformity such as missing eyes, missing digits, or rotten teeth. As the protagonists find out, the only thing keeping them going is the last vestiges of love for one another they can muster in such a time.
question.



* ForeverWar: Partly averted. It’s more like Forever Peace, but that’s not a good thing in this case. The world’s at ‘peace’ simply because war has become unprofitable and its leaders are apathetic towards fighting any causes. However, that doesn’t mean that gangs don’t feud or revolutions don’t riot.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: It’s acknowledged that the idea of the protagonists escaping was little more than ludicrous. It doesn’t end any better than you’d think.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Averted with the Bosses. It’s plainly stated they aren’t evil in a traditional sense (With the exception of Miss Jackson). They never go out of their way to hurt the common people, but have absolutely no qualms with letting billions die due to their apathy or using others for entertainment. William somehow manages to play this straight and be a [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremist.]]

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* ForeverWar: Partly averted. It’s more like Forever Peace, but that’s not exactly a good positive thing in this case. The world’s world is at ‘peace’ simply because war has become unprofitable and its leaders are too apathetic towards fighting too fight for any causes. However, that causes. That doesn’t mean mean, however, that gangs don’t feud or revolutions don’t riot.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: It’s acknowledged that the idea of the The protagonists themselves eventually come to the realization that escaping was little more than ludicrous. It doesn’t end any better than you’d think.a ludicrous idea to begin with.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Averted with the Bosses. It’s plainly stated they aren’t evil in a traditional sense (With the exception of Miss Jackson). They never go out of their way to hurt the common people, but have absolutely no qualms with letting billions die due to their apathy or using others for entertainment. William somehow manages to simultaneously play this straight and be a [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremist.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: While Gary is initially friendly towards Charlie, he eventually comes to resent and (quite understandably) blame him for their predicament. He shows signs of forgiveness after [[spoiler: they make off with the Lady’s babies]], but goes back to hating him once it’s revealed that [[spoiler: Charlie told Bateman, the bartender, their plan, directly leading to their capture.
]]



* GoneMadFromTheIsolation: Martha, to an extent.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Travelers are figures from history brought back by means of cloning. They roam the world in order to entertain the Bosses.
* HiredGuns: The Bosses' mercenaries.
* HoldingHands: Gary and Martha become fond of the romantic type after [[spoiler: learning they used to be lovers.]] Earlier in the book, Gary mentions that Thralls often hold hands in silence, though there's nothing romantic to it.
* HopeBringer: Hope herself was this towards the end of the twenty-first century. Unfortunately, the Swiss scientists exploited her special qualities in the name of their own profits, which became one of the main factors that led to the sad state of the world. By the events of the main book, she is considered by most to be a failure, or even a traitor to the human race.
** The Lady of Pestilence is another example. She's a girl with an immunity to disease. As such, The Revolution and Martha put all their faith in her. Gary and Charlie, however, remain unconvinced after seeing what happened with Hope.
* HopeSpot: [[WideEyedIdealist Some readers]] might take the protagonist escaping Seattle as this this.
* ImaginaryFriend: Martha has three. Not surprising, considering she [[spoiler: spent four centuries alone maintaining the Space Needle.]] Peter is cynical and constantly criticizes her. Emily is supportive, though [[spoiler: she becomes quite angry with Martha as the novel goes on.]] Jack is meant to be her boyfriend. [[spoiler: Eventually, they vanish one by one. First Jack leaves her out of a ‘broken heart’. Then Emily leaves Martha when she or realizes she’ll never be able to make her happy. Finally, Peter leaves when he realizes that he’ll never be able to upstage real people in being a bastard. Though it distresses Martha when they leave, it’s also representative of her becoming closer to real people.]]

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Travelers are figures from history brought back by means of cloning. They roam They’re passed between the world in order to entertain the Bosses.
* HiredGuns: The Bosses' mercenaries.
* HoldingHands: Gary and Martha become fond of the romantic type after [[spoiler: learning they used
various Bosses to be lovers.]] Earlier in the book, Gary mentions that Thralls often hold hands in silence, though there's nothing romantic to it.
* HopeBringer: Hope herself was this towards the end of the twenty-first century. Unfortunately, the Swiss scientists exploited her special qualities in the name of their own profits, which became one of the main factors that led to the sad state of the world. By the events of the main book, she is considered by most to be a failure, or even a traitor to the human race.
** The Lady of Pestilence is another example. She's a girl with an immunity to disease. As such, The Revolution and Martha put all their faith in her. Gary and Charlie, however, remain unconvinced after seeing what happened with Hope.
used for entertainment.
* HopeSpot: [[WideEyedIdealist Some readers]] might take the protagonist escaping Seattle as this this.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: Very generally true in this world. At one point, for example, Charlie lies to Mathew and says that the Revolution is a coherent, wide-reaching movement in order to spare him the truth.
* ImaginaryFriend: Martha has three. Not surprising, considering she [[spoiler: [spoiler: spent four centuries alone maintaining the Space Needle.]] Peter is cynical and constantly criticizes her. Emily is supportive, though [[spoiler: she becomes quite angry with Martha as the novel goes on.]] on]]. Jack is meant to be her boyfriend. [[spoiler: [spoiler: Eventually, they vanish one by one. First Jack leaves her out on account of a ‘broken heart’. Then Emily leaves Martha when she or realizes she’ll never be able to make her happy. Finally, Peter leaves when he realizes that he’ll never be able to upstage be a bigger bastard than the real people in being a bastard. her life. Though it their leaving distresses Martha when they leave, Martha, it’s also representative of her becoming closer to real people.her friends made of flesh and blood.]]



* ImmortalityInducer: The procedure that the Swiss scientists devised using their knowledge of Hope’s mutation and ‘super’ white blood cells.
* ImmortalsFearDeath: Played mostly straight. Gary gained an extreme fear of death after watching his father succumb to cancer, which led to him becoming a Thrall. It can be reasonably assumed that most of his peers had a similar reason. Martha’s motivation to become immortal didn’t involve a fear of death. Though she’s nearly as cautious as Gary, it’s motivated by a [[spoiler: hope to see her fiancé again]] rather than a fear of the unknown.
* InspirationalMartyr: William intends [[spoiler: for the Lady to become one, which is why he killed her. Later, the immortals notice smoke rising above the city, indicating that the Revolution has gone haywire. His plan works.]]

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* ImmortalityInducer: The procedure that the Swiss scientists devised using their knowledge of Hope’s mutation and ‘super’ super white blood cells.
* ImmortalsFearDeath: Played mostly straight. Gary gained acquired an extreme fear of death after watching his father succumb to cancer, which led to him becoming a Thrall. It can be reasonably assumed that most of his peers had a similar reason. Martha’s motivation to become immortal didn’t involve a fear of death. Though she’s nearly as cautious as Gary, it’s Martha, though still rather cautious, was motivated by a [[spoiler: hope to see her fiancé again]] rather than a fear of the unknown.
unknown. On the other hand, Travelers weren’t ‘reborn’ by choice, and are thus generally much less prone to paranoia and much more willing to take risks.
* InspirationalMartyr: William intends William’s motivation for [[spoiler: for killing the Lady to was the idea that she would become one, which is why he killed her. one. Later, the immortals notice smoke rising above the city, indicating that the Revolution has indeed gone haywire. His plan works.]]



* KarmaHoudini: The Bosses.
* LackOfEmpathy: The Bosses take this to extreme levels. They’ve no qualms with allowing billions to die out of their apathy. At one point, Gary proposes that they stay isolated in their mountain mansions in order to stave off what tiny, tiny amount of empathy they might have left.

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* KarmaHoudini: InvincibleVillains: The Bosses.
Bosses, despite what [[WideEyedIdealists some]] would like to think.
* LackOfEmpathy: The Bosses take this to extreme levels. They’ve no qualms with allowing billions They’re completely apathetic to die out the suffering of their apathy. billions. At one point, Gary proposes realizes that they stay isolated in their mountain mansions in order to stave off keep what tiny, tiny amount of empathy they might have left.left at bay.



* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler: Turns out, Gary and Martha really aren’t old lovers that managed to find one another once again. The woman Gary loved really is dead. The man Martha loved is a Thrall working in Beijing, and she’ll never, ever, see him again. They just can’t catch a break.]]
--> [[spoiler: ''“It’s a shame,” said the president. “you two have found love in your ignorance, the way you have incorrectly connected persons from your past to those from your present. And yet, we’ll have to relieve you of said ignorance.”'']]
* LuckyBastard: If it wasn’t for Marty Gilbert’s blind luck, he’d be just like every other Thrall. He is, of course, ''far'' too proud to admit it. Not surprisingly, the Company likes to use him as an example for an ideal worker, something everyone can be if they try hard enough.

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* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler: Turns out, Gary and Martha really aren’t old lovers that who managed to find one another once again. The woman Gary loved really is dead. The man Martha loved is a Thrall working in Beijing, and she’ll never, ever, see him again. They just simply can’t catch a break.]]
--> [[spoiler: ''“It’s a shame,” said the president. “you '“You two have found love in your ignorance, the way you have incorrectly you’ve erroneously connected persons from your past to those from your present. And yet, It’s unfortunate we’ll have to relieve you of said ignorance.”'']]
”'’]]
* LuckyBastard: If it wasn’t weren’t for Marty Gilbert’s Gilbert’s blind luck, he’d be just like every other Thrall. He is, of course, ''far'' too proud to admit it. Not surprisingly, the The Company likes to use him as an example for an ideal worker, something everyone can be if they try hard enough.



* MegaCorp: The Company. Though few details are given about it, one can assume its reach is worldwide, and was the result of the bank merger Gary mentions.

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* MegaCorp: The Company. Though few details are given about it, one can assume its reach is worldwide, and it was the result of the bank merger Gary mentions.



** According to Gary, the world saw Hope as this up until she died from cancer. She continues to be a major part of [[MegaCorp the Company’s]] iconography.
** The Revolution sees the Lady of Pestilence as this. Mathew even admits that some among them go so far as to worship her.
** Late in the novel, Martha starts to consider the Lady’s babies as this after [[spoiler: their mother’s death.]]
* MundaneSolution: According to Miss Jackson, the protagonists could have just [[spoiler: quit at any point.]]
** Though it's unclear if that's really true, seeing as she [[spoiler: shot Gary in the back of the head when he tried.]] She could have been telling the truth, but made an exception for fun. That, or she was lying altogether.

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** According to Gary, the world saw Hope as this up until she died from cancer. She continues to be a major part of [[MegaCorp [[Mega Corp the Company’s]] iconography.
** The Revolution sees the Lady of Pestilence Futures-Passed as this. Mathew even admits that some among them go so far as to worship her.
** Late in the novel, Martha starts to consider the Lady’s babies as this after [[spoiler: their mother’s death.]]
* MundaneSolution: According to Miss Jackson, the protagonists could have just [[spoiler: quit at any point.]]
** Though it's unclear if that's really true, seeing as she [[spoiler: shot Gary in the back of the head when he tried.]] She could have been telling the truth, but made an exception for fun. That, or she was lying altogether.
death]].



* NeverMyFault: The Bosses outright refuse to admit any responsibility for the state of the world.
* NoRomanticResolution: [[spoiler: In the epilogue, Martha admits to Charlie that she really does like Gary. Problem is, the ‘Gary’ that’s around at that point is hardly Gary at all.]]
* NotSoSimilar: The Bosses openly admit they find everyone else to be beneath them, even sub-human. The protagonists agree that, at any rate, they're quite different.
* TheOphelia: Martha is attractive, day dreams often, and is prone to mood swings.
--> ''“’Humans’? Darling, we are humanity fully realized."''
* ThePlague: Just about ''everything'' in the twenty-seventh century. There’re super AIDS, super flues, super rabies, and that’s just scratching the surface.
* PleaseWakeUp: Martha's initial reaction to [[spoiler: Mathew's death.]]

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* NeverMyFault: The Bosses outright refuse to admit any responsibility for the state of the world.
* NoRomanticResolution: [[spoiler: In the epilogue, Martha admits to Charlie that she really does like love Gary. Problem is, the ‘Gary’ that’s around at that point is hardly Gary at all.]]
* NotSoSimilar: The Bosses openly admit they find everyone else to be beneath them, even sub-human. The protagonists agree that, at any rate, they're quite different.
* TheOphelia: Martha
OnlyAFleshWound: At one point, Mathew is attractive, day dreams often, stabbed through the chest and is prone has to mood swings.
--> ''“’Humans’? Darling, we are humanity fully realized."''
* ThePlague: Just about ''everything''
cauterize the wound in order to keep from bleeding out. It doesn’t affect him very much. In fact, a leg injury suffered in the twenty-seventh century. There’re super AIDS, super flues, super rabies, and that’s just scratching the surface.
* PleaseWakeUp: Martha's initial reaction
same fight ends up being more debilitating. Justified in that common people like him simply tend to [[spoiler: Mathew's death.]]be rather tough.



* ThePromisedLand: The protagonists often imagine living beyond the reach/care of the Bosses. Near the end of the novel, they travel to a place out of Seattle that they believe fits that description, going so far as to actually refer to it as the promised land. [[spoiler: They don't get to stay for long.]]
-->''The promised land, kids, that’s where we’re headed. The new cradle of humanity.''
* PuppetKing: The Lady of Pestilence is revered by the Revolution, but holds little actual power.

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* ThePromisedLand: The protagonists often imagine living beyond the reach/care of the Bosses. Near the end of the novel, they travel to a place out of Seattle that they believe fits that description, going so far as to actually refer to it as the promised land. [[spoiler: They don't get to stay for long.]]
-->''The promised land, kids, that’s where we’re headed. The new cradle of humanity.''
* PuppetKing: The Lady of Pestilence Futures-Passed is revered by the Revolution, but holds little actual power.



* ReassignedToAntarctica: According to Bateman the bartender, he once tried to escape his servitude to the Bosses. In response, they forced him to work alone at a bar. What especially sucks about it is that nobody in the area has money for drinks. Charlie was apparently his first customer (and the first person) he has seen in years.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gary has one for the Bosses at the end of the book, quoted above under [[LackOfEmpathy lack of empathy.]] The Bosses, of course, merely shrug and brush it off.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Something that Mathew realizes far too late.
* RuinsOfTheModernAge: Seattle's streets are filthy, its buildings are crumbling, and sizable portions of it have been reclaimed by nature. According to Charlie, the rest of the world didn't fare any better. The only places not in a state of disrepair are the Thrall districts and the Bosses' mansions.
* SexSlave: According to Martha, all Thrall women are supposed to go to bed wearing provocative lingerie, just in case one of the Bosses is in town and wants to sleep with them. It's kept a secret from Thrall men.
* SirSwearsALot: Gary borders on this.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Mathew knows a lot of history for a teenager living in a world such as his. Justified when he mentioned that The Revolution supplies books in order for its members to learn about better times.
* TheSmartGuy: Charlemagne’s speech (and thoughts, when the story is from his perspective) is a little more formal than Gary’s or Martha’s. Being a Traveler, he received much higher levels of education than most. However, whether or not he’s ''really'' smarter than his friends is debatable.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Though a non-vulgar example, it’s a little jarring when Charlemagne is referred to as Charlie (Which he is for the majority of the novel).

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: According to Bateman the bartender, he once tried to escape his servitude to the Bosses. In response, they forced him to work alone at a bar. What especially sucks about it is that nobody in the area has money for drinks. ** Charlie was apparently his first customer (and the first person) he has seen in years.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gary has one for the Bosses at the end of the book, quoted above under [[LackOfEmpathy lack of empathy.]] The Bosses, of course, merely shrug and brush it off.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Something
also qualifies, given that Mathew realizes far too late.
* RuinsOfTheModernAge: Seattle's streets are filthy, its buildings are crumbling, and sizable portions of it have been reclaimed by nature. According to Charlie, the rest of the world didn't fare any better. The only places not in a state of disrepair are the Thrall districts and the Bosses' mansions.
* SexSlave: According to Martha, all Thrall women are supposed to go to bed wearing provocative lingerie, just in case one of the Bosses is in town and wants to sleep with them. It's kept a secret from Thrall men.
* SirSwearsALot: Gary borders on this.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Mathew knows a lot of history for a teenager living in a world such as his. Justified when
he mentioned that The Revolution supplies books in order for its members to learn about better times.
* TheSmartGuy: Charlemagne’s speech (and thoughts, when the story is from his perspective)
is a little more formal than Gary’s or Martha’s. Being a Traveler, he received much higher levels of education than most. However, whether or not he’s ''really'' smarter than his friends king who is debatable.
a puppet to the Bosses.
* Sadist: Miss Jackson.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Though a non-vulgar example, it’s a little jarring when Charlemagne is referred to as Charlie (Which he (which is for throughout the majority of the novel).



* SmugSnake: Miss Jackson is patronizing to the Thralls and her peers alike.
* StylisticSuck: The dialogue in Charlie's play.
--> ''“Thy infidelic kinghood shall surely be destroyed by the might of the wrath of me, Charlemagne, the grand, enlightened, father-sire of Western Europe to Eastern Europe, not to mention the great, pastoral lands bordering the region known as the Middle East, whose powerful, great power ye infidelic heathens will surely fall to, each and every one of you, for mine is the power to kill you, and be killed you shall.”''
-->''Literacy is rare this day in age. Decent scriptwriters are even rarer.''
* SwitchingPOV: The novel is written from the alternating perspectives of Gary, Martha, and Charlemagne. Gary's is the most casual and plebeian, featuring an abundance of contractions, and often times merely implying the subject of a sentence rather than writing it out (ie: ''Decided to approach him'' rather than ''I decided to approach him).'' Martha's perspective is a little better, though she tends to go on tangents, crazily talk to her imaginary friends, and has occasional grammatical mishaps such as ''Me and my three friends'' rather than ''My three friends and I''. Charlie's perspective is written the most intelligently, using few contractions and having minimal grammatical errors.
* ThemeTune: The Agnus Dei arrangement of the Adagio from Barber’s string quartet is mentioned multiple times.
--> Agnus dei. The lamb of God, a Hope for a better age when none was really needed. Every Hope is dead when we need them most. People don’t make music like this anymore, music so beautiful, somber, sad, ethereal. No room for composers and concert halls in a world like this, a world ruled by people like the four before us.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Gary outright says many of his fellow Thralls are on the verge of madness. The four shown Bosses also appeared to be insane, especially Miss Jackson and Eternal President Clydesdale. It can be reasonably assumed that a large fraction of common people are crazy, along with, judging from William, much of the Revolution. The sane individuals are, for the most part, irrevocably bitter. [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-eyed idealists]] like Mathew and Henry are rare exceptions. It can be argued, however, that being idealistic in such a world is madness in of itself.

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* SmugSnake: Squick: The protagonist’s journey through the sewers. Just about everything concerning the way common people look/live.
* SuperiorSpecies: The Bosses see themselves as ‘’true’’ humans. The protagonists agree that, at any rate, they’re quite different.
--> ''“’Real men’?”
Miss Jackson is patronizing to the Thralls and her peers alike.
* StylisticSuck: The dialogue in Charlie's play.
--> ''“Thy infidelic kinghood shall surely be destroyed by the might of the wrath of me, Charlemagne, the grand, enlightened, father-sire of Western Europe to Eastern Europe, not to mention the great, pastoral lands bordering the region known as the Middle East, whose powerful, great power ye infidelic heathens will surely fall to, each and every one of you, for mine is the power to kill you, and be killed you shall.
asked. “Darling, we are humanity fully realized.”''
-->''Literacy is rare this day in age. Decent scriptwriters * TheAtoner: Charlemagne would ''like'' to be one after getting his friends into their predicament. He’s never able to pay them back, however. His illusions of nobility are even rarer.''
just that. Illusions.
* SwitchingPOV: The novel is written TheBadGuyWins: By a long shot. In the end, it’s revealed that [[spoiler: the Bosses had been watching the protagonists attempt at escape from the alternating perspectives of Gary, Martha, beginning and Charlemagne. Gary's is could’ve captured them whenever they want. They simply enjoyed watching them struggle.]]
--> [[spoiler: ‘’You can’t take things back. You can’t turn back time, no matter how much of it you have. Reclaiming
the most casual and plebeian, featuring an abundance of contractions, and often times merely implying past would take nothing less than the subject will of a sentence rather than writing it out (ie: ''Decided to approach him'' rather than ''I decided to approach him).'' Martha's perspective is a little better, though she tends to go on tangents, crazily talk to her imaginary friends, god, and man’s true god has occasional grammatical mishaps such as ''Me always been, always will be, coins on a string or numbers on a screen. A million famines exported for the sake of scorecards. Finally, the face atop the fountains has been scratched out, unrecognizable. Only Marty Gilbert’s remains. Finally, Hope is dead.’’]]
* TheBeautifulElite: The Bosses. Common people are also envious of Thralls
and my three friends'' rather than ''My three friends and I''. Charlie's perspective is written Travelers for their lack of debilitating diseases.
* TheDragon: Nolan acts as one to William.
* TheEmpire: The Bosses’ reach extends throughout
the most intelligently, using few contractions and having minimal grammatical errors.
entire world. The situation in Seattle is hardly exclusive to it.
* ThemeTune: The Agnus Dei ‘’Agnus Dei’’ arrangement of the Adagio from Barber’s string quartet is mentioned multiple times.
--> Agnus ‘’Agnus dei. The lamb of God, a Hope for a better age when none was really needed. Every Hope is dead disintegrates when we need them it the most. People don’t make music like this anymore, music so beautiful, somber, sad, ethereal. No room for composers and concert halls in a world like this, a world ruled by people like the four before us.
us.’’
* ThePlague: Just about ''everything'' in the twenty-seventh century. There’re super AIDS, super flue, super rabies, and that’s just scratching the surface.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Gary outright says many of his fellow Thralls are on the verge of madness. The four shown Bosses directly shown also appeared to be insane, especially Miss Jackson and Eternal President Clydesdale. It can be reasonably assumed that a large fraction of common people are crazy, along with, judging from by William, much of the Revolution. The sane individuals are, for the most part, irrevocably bitter. [[WideEyedIdealist [[WideEyedIdealists Wide-eyed idealists]] like Mathew and Henry are rare exceptions. It can be argued, however, that being idealistic in such a world is madness in of itself.itself.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Something that Mathew realizes far too late.
* TheSmartGuy: Charlemagne’s speech (and thoughts, when the story is from his perspective) is a little more formal than Gary’s or Martha’s. Being a Traveler, he received a much better education than most. However, whether or not he’s ''really'' smarter than his friends is debatable.
* TheUntwist: It might not come as a huge shock when [[spoiler: it’s said that Martha was Gary’s old girlfriend that he’s been hung up over for five centuries]]. However, that’s turned on its head when the Bosses reveal that [[spoiler: she’s not. Gary’s true lover was named Eleanor, and really is dead. Martha’s old fiancé is a Thrall working in Beijing, and she’ll never see him again.]]



* UnderequippedCharge: After missing with his dart gun, Mathew charges the better-armed [[spoiler: William]] with a mere umbrella sword. [[spoiler: It ends with [[YourHeadASplode him losing his head.]]]]
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Even the most idealistic members of The Revolution realize this.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: William has equal shades of this and [[ForTheEvulz for the evulz.]]
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: If you're willing to become a slave.

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* UnderequippedCharge: After missing with his dart gun, Mathew charges the better-armed [[spoiler: William]] with a mere umbrella sword. [[spoiler: It ends with [[YourHeadASplode him losing his head.]]]]
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Even the most idealistic members of The Revolution realize this.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: William has equal shades of this and [[ForTheEvulz [[ForTheEvuls for the evulz.]]
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: If you're willing to become a slave.
evuls.]]



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[spoiler: Martha’s daydreams about raising the Lady’s babies and saving the world. It’s especially poignant considering what happens directly after.]]



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Not much, according to the Bosses. Note that they consider everyone else to fall under 'non-human'.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Not much, according to Woobie: All the Bosses. Note that they consider everyone else to fall under 'non-human'.Thralls and Travelers, especially Martha.



* WouldHurtAChild: The Bosses and their mercenaries. They go so far as to [[spoiler: torture the Lady's three-month-old babies.]]
* YouAreWorthHell: Martha's motivation for becoming a Thrall is different than most. Rather than being driven by a fear of death, Martha became a Thrall in the hope of [[spoiler: being reunited with her former lover, who had previously became a Thrall himself.]] Her plan might have worked, if it wasn't for the Bosses intentionally [[spoiler: keeping them apart.]]
-->[[spoiler: “Maybe when the sun burns out and we go to find a new one, I’ll sit next to him on the space ship. You never know.”]]
* YourHeadASplode: The fate of [[spoiler: Mathew]] courtesy of a dart gun.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The Bosses and their mercenaries. They go so far as to [[spoiler: torture the Lady's three-month-old babies.]]
* YouAreWorthHell: Martha's motivation for becoming a Thrall is different than most. Rather than being driven by a fear of death, Martha became a Thrall in the hope of [[spoiler: being reunited with her former lover, who had previously became a Thrall himself.]] Her plan might have worked, if it wasn't for the Bosses intentionally [[spoiler: keeping them apart.]]
-->[[spoiler: “Maybe when the sun burns out and we go to find a new one, I’ll sit next to him on the space ship. You never know.”]]
* YourHeadASplode: The fate of [[spoiler: Mathew]] courtesy of a dart gun.

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* ThePromisedLand: The protagonists often imagine living beyond the reach/care of the Bosses. Near the end of the novel, they travel to a place out of Seattle that they believe fits that description, going so far as to actually refer to it as the promised land. [[spoiler: They don't get to stay for long.]]
-->''The promised land, kids, that’s where we’re headed. The new cradle of humanity.''

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* UnderequippedCharge: After missing with his dart gun, Mathew charges the better-armed [[spoiler: William]] with a mere umbrella sword. [[spoiler: It ends with [[YourHeadASplode him losing his head.]]]]

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* GoneMadFromTheIsolation: Martha, to an extent.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Not much, according to the Bosses. Note that they consider everyone else to fall under 'non-human'.

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* TheOphelia: Martha is attractive, day dreams often, and is prone to mood swings.

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* MundaneSolution: According to Miss Jackson, the protagonists could have just [[spoiler: quit at any point.]]
** Though it's unclear if that's really true, seeing as she [[spoiler: shot Gary in the back of the head when he tried.]] She could have been telling the truth, but made an exception for fun. That, or she was lying altogether.


* CrazyHomelessPeople: There's no shortage of them in this setting.



** The Bosses' general modus operandi.

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** The Bosses' general modus operandi.operandi.
* DogFoodDiet: Common people are oftentimes (If not usually) reduced to this. 'Dog food' here means eating actual dogs and other animals.

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* DyingForSymbolism: There's a pretty direct example in Hope (the girl) dying. Guess what? Hope (the concept) symbolically dies as well.

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