Study Guide

The Paladin Prophecy Technology

By Mark Frost


Behind them, the "wad of gum" in the street flipped over and sprouted twelve spidery legs supporting a needle-shaped head and liver-colored trunk. (1.85)

The bad guys often combine supernatural monsters with technology to come up with something truly horrible. It's hard to tell if this creature is a bit of robotic tech or a living creature. Whatever it is, Dave thinks it's evil. His solution? Blow it away with a gun.

When she was done, the tablet had grown in size until it nearly covered the entire table. (3.2)

This is a neat bit of tech. How cool would it be to have a tablet that could fit in your pocket, yet expand to whatever size you wanted, whenever you wanted? TVs would be irrelevant.

A multidimensional image of thick cloud cover projected into the air about three feet above the screen, like an impossibly detailed children's pop-up book. (3.79)

Okay, we guess the expanding screen thing is already irrelevant, because this magic table has the ability to project 3D images into thin air. That's impressive.

"Bear in mind, magic is the name we've always applied to tomorrow's technology," said Robbins, "when we see it today." (3.89)

Oops. Sorry. We said "magic" previously. But, hey, Will did, too. Anyway, Dr. Robbins has a point. New technology always seems unbelievable at first; when it finally does appear, it must interacted with in order to be believed. It's like most new things, really.

Inside he found no flesh or blood, sinew or bone. Only wires and circuits. (6.75)

Once again, we have something that we thought was a living creature but is actually a robot. The bad guys have pretty impressive technology if they're able to make a camera that looks like an actual bird. That bird also reminds us of the Twin Peaks bird, which has its own Facebook page.

"Students at the Center are encouraged to communicate through more traditional methods." (13.13)

It's unusual that despite all the technology they have, these people don't want the students to actually use it for social purposes. Perhaps the people at the Center would like to keep communication as controlled as possible.

"Texting is a form of talking," said Will. "And usually it's a lot more efficient." (15.54)

Apparently the Center has forgotten that these kids can pretty much communicate telepathically, anyway. Now that's efficient.

Will had never owned a pet, but he had the oddest feeling about this new computer. It seemed—he didn't know how to express this—happy to follow his commands. Like it was a dog. (16.140)

Will loves it when both people and objects follow his commands. What do his tablet, Ajay, and Nando have in common? They all happily do whatever Will tells them to do. Nando even refers to himself as "a dog with a bone" (23.8). Them's the perks if you're the Most Amazing Kid in the Universe, as we're led to believe Will quite literally is.

"You're saying he's alive just because his syn-app is here?" (35.18)

We're unsure if Ronnie Murso is alive or not. Would his syn-app know if he was alive? The kids speculate that Ronnie is alive because his syn-app still exists, but this is still just speculation. We won't believe it until we see him.

"You should have let me run that security check, Will." (35.92)

Considering how advanced this technology is, why is its security check voluntary? It has highly advanced AI, but it's not advanced enough to know that Will is an impulsive idiot so it should do the check on its own. Oh, well.