Discussion for Chapter 1-3Do you think Shelby is really cheating? 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Kind of off-topic, but just curious - Has anyone read Clarke's other book, The Worthy?  I've just ordered it from amazon because I've liked Vishnu so much.

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I'm enjoying the "Runaway Mind Ride" by Travis and myself going back and forth on what is real and imagined. Is she cheating? I re-read ch 1-3 preparing questions for Will.  Seeing in later chapters his abilities qualified in California I think his premonitions are right.  But I have a nagging feeling I'm being set up.  Anyone else feel that?

   Are we being set up or is Travis being set up? 

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Very close. "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

I also thought it was interesting that he thanks the band Wilco and God on the acknowledgements page. 

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Did anyone notice some of the quotes on the preface page?  My favorite was the one from Einstein, "Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one."  (Hope I got that right.  My husband hijacked my book.)

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In some way and on some level, she's definitely cheating I think. Everything that Trav has dreamed or prophesied has so far come true, though not always in the most literal manner. And that's the problem with dreams and visions (and all "knowledge"), yes? An alligator can easily become a raft.

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I think Shelby drives me bonkers.  (And that she is really cheating because I agree with what Jennifer is saying.)

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I'm not sure. I haven't decided whether anything Travis says is reliable. Gotta keep reading.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Personally, at this point in the story, I think everything Travis is seeing is true...whether it's true for the reasons he thinks it's true, or whether this is something skewed in his mind, I don't know.  But yes, I think she's really cheating.

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I'm enjoying the "Runaway Mind Ride" by Travis and myself going back and forth on what is real and imagined. Is she cheating? I re-read ch 1-3 preparing questions for Will.  Seeing in later chapters his abilities qualified in California I think his premonitions are right.  But I have a nagging feeling I'm being set up.  Anyone else feel that?

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