Q: Sounds like some kind of slow death. They’re vampires, vultures, leaches and parasites. Why can you not cut yourself off from the hive? Nonreaders survive without the hive. Perhaps we do not have the same definition of hive.
A; It’s a slow death so that they can siphon as much energy from me as possible throughout the process.
They are energy thieves.
By “hive” I usually mean the collective of readers but I also use “hive” to refer to society.
While non-readers survive without being apart of the collective of readers most still require interaction with society. There are small rural communities of non-readers who survive without the hive but they are difficult to locate and who knows what might follow me if I did seek them out.