(Note: If you haven’t already, check out The Making of Midnight.)
Liminal Boy has been out for well over a month now, which means it’s time for a behind the page look at the making of Langdon’s story.
Important: There ARE spoilers. Read on only once you’ve finished all of Liminal Boy.
Ready? Let’s get to it!
The first word of Liminal Boy is “Midnight” and, yes, that was on purpose. Lots of readers will pick up the next book in a series without paying attention to the back description (myself included), so “Midnight has passed” is my little jest that Jo’s narration is done and it’s time to Get Ready for Langdon’s POV.
Why is Theo a border collie of all breeds? Border collies are smart and energetic, which makes them excellent service dogs. Plus, something about those faces just scream “good boy” to me.
Jo’s haircut is just one part of her drastic appearance change from Midnight. If you’ll recall, Morgan’s experiment included shaving the lower part of her scalp before the surgery that would make the REV successfully take hold. It wasn’t until Jo was back with Jamie that she could afford to get it fixed. Money also played a factor in Jo not having all her cosmetics at her disposal. She was in survival mode as Midnight and all her spare change went to gas for the Star Bolt… and coffee.
Jamie’s Sâtieer billboard was originally a plot point in Midnight.
The figure Langdon reminds Mr. Kilmar of is Cúchulainn from Celtic mythology. The warrior was invincible when enraged. Most famously, he went into a ‘warp spasm’ where no one could touch him. Though, what Mr. Kilmar is subconsciously picking up on is Langdon’s tri-toned hair.
Jo and Aggie were best friends throughout their entire lives, completely inseparable— right up until Aggie dated and broke up with Jamie.
Posey, the app Jo has a dedicated following on, could be considered a mashup of Vine, Twitter, and Tiktok. Videos, live broadcasts, and short text updates appear in one feed. It is mostly known for its challenges which require creators to complete a goal while live-streaming and within a certain timeframe. It also has running theme weeks (for which Jo plans videos far out in advance). Originally, she did not show her face for fear of getting caught recording while at school. Now, it’s just her trademark. Poseys were the “dumb videos” she referenced in Midnight when she was homesick for her old life.
The powder Langdon sees dusted on Will’s body is a silver ion powder which prohibits the growth of bacteria. This helps keeps a corpse intact, one of the reasons why Will’s body was still recognizable long after his death.
There are about a dozen clinics across the world. This books reveals three others aside from Montreal.
If Langdon had scrolled up a little more while going through Dan’s phone, he would have discovered that Jo had been texting Dan a lot ever since she got her new phone. Dan occasionally replies.
Chapter 22, “Shoreline Dream,” will reappear from another perspective in a later book. As will several of Langdon’s ‘The Liminal Boy’ scenes.
Midnight nearly killing Continuum happened in Midnight. I’ll let you figure out which scene that was.
It wasn’t until half-way through the process of writing Liminal Boy that I realized the parallels between how Langdon felt and Laika’s story. Once I did, the emotions behind Langdon’s actions and motives really came to life.
When Colleen says a kid came in asking about tarot? That was Continuum on the night Langdon caught a glimpse of them while following the Hardings out the store.
In Chapter 30, “The Weird Section,” the Hardings were able to get inside the Summers’ house because Dan returned home once he realized he had forgotten his lunch and bumped into them. Dan was also the one leaving the backdoor unlocked so they could enter each morning.
Rachelle and Louis initally bonded at the Las Cruces clinic over the fact that Louis had family in Ottawa near where Rachelle lived, as well as their shared love for Jo’s Posey account. They started dating at the clinic.
Another reason why the Hardings are hesitant to trust the authorities to protect them: First Nations, particularly women, have long been under the threat of an on-going genocide since at least 1980. To learn more, search MMIWG.
If you’re a keen-eyed fan of Leonard Cohen you might have picked up on a couple of puns. Namely chapter titles 7, 16, and 21.
Speaking of songs, Chapter 22, “Shoreline Dream,” was written with Jungle’s “House in L.A.” on repeat. Meanwhile, “The Mirror World” was removed from several drafts then added back in after I discovered “Pretty Pimpin” by Kurt Vile. (Remember, you can listen to my Spotify playlist here)
The title of a later chapter, ‘The End of the World’, is a nod all the way back to Chapter 1, where Langdon notes that Lallo is crying for his mother ‘as if his world were ending.’
Whenever anyone asked me to summarize Liminal Boy, I told them it was ‘heartwarming.’ And, now you know I have a very different meaning behind heartwarming. For many experiments, the first sign of your quickly approaching demise is the warmth taking over your chest as the radioactive elements fluctuates your body temperature.
In Chapter 40, “The Liminal Boy,” the moment between Langdon and Dan actually takes place before Chapter 24 in Midnight.
Part of Chapter 27 occurs during the same time as Chapter 40. Langdon’s timeline is slipping around so much that his conversation with Continuum appeared in his earlier search.
While writing this series, I have a few key images that stay with me long before I ever get around to writing them. Langdon falling down from the crane/up into the stars is one of my all time favorites.
Speaking of favorites, when it comes to lines its a toss-up between Olivia’s “A life isn’t saved in one moment,” and Jamie’s “We are not our circumstances. We are not our diagnosis. We are not what happened to us.”
That’s it for now! Did you get enough insight to the latest addition of The Opposition? Tell me your favorite parts of the story below.