Newt wondered what a good geneticist would find in a population that had spent the last ten years in the Boneslum. He was guessing a pretty high mutation rate, along with the occasional outright freak.
He had the uncomfortable thought that places like the Kowloon Boneslum were humanity’s versions of the spawning pool in the Anteverse. For a moment it looked like that to him, a teeming and turbulent lawless protozoan mass. His vision of the Anteverse superimposed over it, and Newt started to sweat. He tried to blink away the image. It worked, sort of, but Newt thought he might never view urban poverty the same way again.
Page 202 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Newt can’t seem to separate himself from the visions he saw in the Anteverse
"…The Breach was a ragged tear in the seafloor, seen in the visual-light spectrum only by the intense multi-spectrum radiation that bled out of it during kaiju transit. That energy in turn created heat, and the opening of the Breach during a transit also bled superdense and superhot plasma through from…wherever the kaiju came from. The result was that the perfect blackness of the deep seafloor suddenly became a storm of light and bubbles created by the intense heat even at the killing pressures of the bottom of the sea."
Page 198 of the Pacific Rim novelization
“Soko de wa tatte o mita. Kodomo ni, Sonna ni sabishikatta. Kaiju ga zenbu o totta," Raleigh said. I saw you standing there as a child. So alone. The kaiju took it all from you.
She opened up a little. “It was a Sunday. We went to the park. My father bought me those shoes. My mother combed my hair. Then the attack started. We were separated by the crowd..and in a minute I lost them.”
She looked down at her tray. Raleigh saw her again reliving that day, and he relived it right with her. He’s been with her, in the Drift. It wasn’t like any Drift he’d ever felt. Broken, yes, but also more intense. Lots of Drifts were staccato series of images at first, until the two brains figured out how to approach each other and get into the overlapping neural-handshake posture. With Mako, his Drift had been more like a movie where he was both a spectator and a character. He’s carried a red shoe with broken laces, he’d heard the cough of lungs heavy with cancer—he wondered if Mako had felt his own experiences so intensely. He didn’t think so—one of the reasons she had broken the Drift was that she had been too far inside her own past. If she’s been closely in touch with Raleigh’s past the way he was with hers, both of them could have re-centered and gone on.
"I never saw them again," Mako said.
Pages 194 and 195 of the Pacific Rim novelization
The minute he (Raleigh) walked in (to the mess hall), he knew that the disastrous test from that morning had changed his status with the other teams. Before, he’d been an unknown quantity. He had kaiju kills on his record and a bit of a reputation because he’d gotten Gipsy Danger back to shore on his own after losing Yancy and taking Knifehead out. That kind of battlefield history went a long was with other Jaeger crews.
But they were also a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of crowd, and to them, Raleigh could see, his failure this morning had pretty much erased whatever standing he’d earned in the early years of the Kaiju War. Nobody greeted him. The kitchen staff put food on his plate silently. He walked along the tables and the people who didn’t turn their backs on him just stared, daring him to sit near them.
Page 192 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Raleigh deals with the consequences of his and Mako’s failed Gipsy Danger test
"You want me to know you’re smart, okay, I get it." Chau said. "Now tell me what you want before I gut you like a pig and feed you to the skin louse."
Newt opened his mouth and started talking.
"We’ve, um, done business before," he said. "I’m Newt Geiszler, one of the leads on Kaiju Science for PPDC. I’m sure I’ve made some purchases from you."
"If you’ve made ‘em anywhere between Manila and Sapporo, yeah, you dealt with me," Chau said. "So Pentecost sent you? What’s he want?"
"That’s, um, classified," Newt said. Chau’s hand dropped toward the pocket the knife had come out of and Newt said, "Okay. Okay. I’ll tell you. But not with so many people around. Where’s there a, um..a place we can do business?"
Page 189 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Newt and Hannibal meet for the first time
"He was a big guy, this goon, and his voice was all whiskey and broken glass. But that’s not what caught Newt’s attention. This guy wore a dark-red suit cut like he was on his way to see Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club in 1938. His shoe uppers were plated with overlapping scales of pure gold, giving each of his steps a slight jingle. His teeth were customized with a variety of metals adorned with various patterns. He wore sunglasses with leather membranes around the lenses that turned them into goggles, and the combined value of his jewelry and person adornments would have bought the entire building that Newt’s family had lived in near Boston."
Pages 187 and 188 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Description of the monster of a man that is Hannibal Chau
Clouds gathered overhead, picking up the city’s illumination and reflecting it as a pink glow that made the area look a little sickly. It fit the Boneslum’s atmosphere. Newt shouldered his way through the crowds to a pocket of open space on one corner and shone the portable luma lamp on the orange paper he’d gotten from Pentecost.
In the lamp’s glow, a kaiju symbol appeared on the paper. The glyph representing the kaiju whose bones were the bedrock of this new neighborhood.
Okay, now he knew what to look for. But where to find it? Newt looked around and saw similar glyphs everywhere. Great, he thought. I’ll knock on every storefront in Kowloon and ask for the guy who traffics in kaiju parts. That ought to earn me a quick trip to the bottom of the bay.
Think. Pentecost wouldn’t have sent you out here to wander around. He needs you and he knows it. He wants you out and back with what you need to Drift again, because that’s the order he gave you. So. What are you missing, Dr. Geiszler?
It hit him then, the kind of duh moment that Newt had when he missed something. He was so smart that missing anything made him feel stupid. He wasn’t just looking for particular glyphs. He was looking for those particular glyphs that would only show up in the light of a luma lamp.
Why had Pentecost not just told Newt this? Because he figured Newt was smart enough to come to the conclusion on his own. Which was true.
Page 184 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Newt tries to find Hannibal Chau’s secret hideout
Herc remembered the mushroom cloud rising over Sydney. The second one. The first had been out at the islands, an hour before, and had slowed the kaiju down. The authorities had given the entire population of downtown Sydney one hour to clear out.
One hour for five million people to get to safety.
Then the second nuke came down. The kaiju died. So had Angela. He had not known whether it was the kaiju or the bomb that had killed her. Pentecost had taken him aside and told him it was the kaiju, that she had been killed in the collapse of the building where she worked. Herc had never made up his mind if he could believe that or not. All he knew he was that he’d only had an hour. He’d gotten from the base, where he was an active-duty pilot with the Air Force, across the bay into Sydney while everyone else was getting the hell out. Cell networks were down. There was no way to find anyone. He had to guess, and he could only get one of them. He chose Chuck, and Chuck had never forgiven him for it.
Page 179 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Herc relives the death of his wife, Angela. So sad…
"In the aftermath, Pentecost took a moment just to breathe. He wasn’t feeling up to this. Truth was, he wasn’t feeling up to much of anything. But the kaiju weren’t interested in how he was feeling. The human race wasn’t interested in how he was feeling. He had a job to do, a sworn duty to perform. He would rest when they nailed his coffin lid, and not before."
Page 165 of the Pacific Rim novelization
Stacker Pentecost deals with the aftermath of Mako almost destroying the Shatterdome with Gipsy Danger’s cannon