Part 12, appearing by page 70-something, seems to be the place to do the reveal. This is a dialogue between Carson and Sean about what Carson hopes to achieve through self-experimentation with a virus that reprograms his nervous system.
I label this post as the progression because I’ve been working and re-working the first 100 pages for several months. To put that into context, the novel has been roughly 320 pages long when the first draft was finished a year ago. Originally, the reveal bubbled to the surface of the story at least 100 pages later. This was not satisfying.
Over the course of those months, the reveal has been moving backwards toward the opening pages making it a better story.
At some point, I will have to pickup at page 120-something and move forward into a new narrative arc. It could easily wipe out half of the original. Future posts will offer their own reveal on that possibility.