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Page: 158

In contrast with our Vitruvian Man “montage,” where the central figure was split across two separate and isolated spreads, in this second one, we chose to combine the two halves with a more direct face-off, as the conflict has escalated.

Page: 153, 154, 155, 156, 157

The prior scene was the fork in the road for Nova and Conrad. Now each takes the first step down a totally separate path…or perhaps realizes that they’ve been walking separate from each other all along.
From introduction to affinity, affinity to respect. Respect to difference, to disagreement, to defiance…to disaster? This all became personal far too long ago: Their only choices are to walk their divided paths to their forgone conclusions.

Page: 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152

There’s something very special in a narrative when you finally put all your main characters in one room, as it were. We’ve seen this conflict build and reverberate and now the first blow hangs in the air. But where will it fall?

And who will strike it?

Page: 141, 142, 143, 144, 145

In a real surgical setting, there would be so many more people, a veritable hive of activity so difficult to render realistically in the context of composition. A crowd is made up of individuals, but these individuals only need to be present so readers can count them subconsciously. We decided to streamline instead, and since we weren’t including a “cast of thousands,” we put secondary character, Dr. White at the helm.
Maybe this makes Adamant feel a bit on the small side–is he the only surgeon in the City? Ah, suspension of disbelief.

Page: 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140

Writing the snatches of song in this scene was one of Rachel’s favorite parts of TRO. It’s all about the little touches, when building a world, and the interconnectivity of characters from different walks of life is better presented against a backdrop of flavor and detail.