Fellow fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will join me in remembering the Total Perspective Vortex, a machine that was described in the third book Life, the Universe and Everything. It was a contraption that showed the user a model of the entire universe in all its hugeness, and also the user’s place in it – represented by a miniscule dot that said “You Are Here.”


The Total Perspective Vortex was a torture device, and the result was to destroy the person’s mind by showing them their utter insignificance in the grand scheme of things.

That’s what I thought of in the last scene when Cassie told Lauren that she removed her own eyes to make it stop, “it” being how she saw everything – from the beginning of time until the end of time. No human or Fae brain can contemplate infinity or eternity for very…

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