It took me a while to figure out they were extracting dreams in general, not just the viral nightmares, as they extracted the sleep.
There was a comment toward the end of “Field Trip” (page 73 in my edition) where Trish talks about dreaming “in tandem with dozens of other moviegoers.”
The Night World seemed particularly dreamlike, even before they drank the concoctions designed to wake them up or put them to sleep.
Some of Russell’s language in general felt dreamlike, even in settings that weren’t overtly oriented toward dreams. (More on that in my question about language.)
The end of the book is about seeing yourself wake up and characterizes that as a viral nightmare.
How are we dreaming in tandem in the real world? What does she want us to wake up to? Is seeing yourself wake up a nightmare? When an individual wakes up, does it disrupt the communal dream, thus setting off a viral nightmare?
What is it about dreams in this book?