4. Infections and extractions
The viral nightmares are certainly depicted as infections, setting off a chain reaction, moving from person to person, sometimes even taking effect just by reading about the viral nightmares.
We learn at the end that Donor Y appears to be asymptomatic, a warning for us in our current pandemic?
Dori’s presence seems to be an infection. Trish begins to think about this in one of the “Donor Y” chapters (49 in my edition) as she thinks about her job to “spread awareness.” She also ends the book with the sense that Dori has now infected whomever might read the report of her whistleblowing.
Extraction – transfusion (information transfusion?) -- “’We will never overdraw your daughter…. I make this promise at a moment when people are plunging their straws into any available centimeter of shale and water, every crude oil and uranium and mineral well on Earth, with an indiscriminate and borderless appetite” (128). As I read this, I envisioned There Will Be Blood and every ecological apocalyptic nightmare-scape.
How do you see the infection / extraction motifs relating to one another?