Throughout the novel, Thomas is able to hold onto his humanity by relying on the presence of his children. His children, Ripley and Frankie, are the only constant for Thomas throughout the novel. As the life he created for himself begins to crumble, his children act as the buffer between the impending impact of his past life becoming a reality again. Readers become aware of the impact Ripley and Frankie have early in the novel, as Thomas and Neil rehash “...
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...as irrationally accepts the consequences of the TSM, as well as the consequences of his actions while attached to it, proving the depth of his humanity.
Thomas 's rationality for the brain never overtakes his grip on humanity. He acts irrationally to protect his children, understand the brain, and create consequences for himself. While the novel is not a traditional techno-thriller, it uses the foundation of the genre to show what can happen when technology allows humans to remove their emotions, and thus their grip on humanity. The novel forces readers to imagine this technology in a thrilling, if not terrifying way, depicting the true dangers of what can happen if rationality were to conquer humanity, and humans were left emotionless. While the brain may function solely on rationality, it is the grip on humanity that will keep humans evolving for years to come.
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