Philip K. Dick used Pat Conley to purposely misguide us into believing that she had something to do with everything that the inertials were experiencing. At some point in the book, Pat reveals to Joe Chip that she did indeed work with Ray Hollis and that G.G Ashwood helped her get into the organization. This confirms the theory that Joe had already made that Pat was the evil force against them. It is later stated by “Jory” that “I knew you’d figure it was Pat Conley. It would seem like her talent because it’s sort of like what her talent does. I thought maybe the rest of you would kill her” (p.208). It is possible that she did use her talent for the events that lead to the explosion, it just doesn’t make sense why she wouldn’t save herself.