September 26, 2011 Rejected Book Plots #179
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2: Still Loud. Still Close.
“What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our hearts through little speakers, which could be in the pouches of our overalls? When you skateboarded down the street at night you could hear everyone’s heartbeat, and they could hear yours, sort of like sonar. One weird thing is, I wonder if everyone’s hearts would start to beat at the same time, like how women who live together have their menstrual periods at the same time, which I know about, but don’t really want to know about. That would be so weird, except that the place in the hospital where babies are born would sound like a crystal chandelier in a houseboat, because the babies wouldn’t have had time to match up their heartbeats yet. And at the finish line at the end of the New York City Marathon it would sound like war.”
Oskar was on a mission to get his inventions patented before anyone other precocious nine year old could beat him to the punch. So with the help of his grandmother, Oskar set out on a journey of Ben Franklin proportions (’cause Ben invented a shit ton of things in his day, he is even to thank for volunteer firefighters but that is a horse of a different color). No matter what he did, Oskar couldn’t stop inventing.
“And also, there are so many times when you need to make a quick escape, but humans don’t have their own wings, or not yet, anyway, so what about a birdseed shirt?”
Oskar is in for the lesson of a lifetime when it comes to patent offices and intellectual property and just how far one corporation will go to make sure Oskar’s inventions never see the light of day. Will Oskar keep inventing despite the obstacles in his way? Will he be able to use his father’s death on 9/11 to get out of math tests? (Not that he does that but it is always good to know your options) The future is so bright, he’s gonna have to wear transition lenses!