I’ve decided to try my hand at creating a book tag! Am I any good at it? Who knows. But I know I’ve had fun with it, and of course I just had to mold it around one of my current obsessions, The CW’s The 100. If you haven’t heard of it before, The 100 is (very loosely) based off of a trilogy of novels by Kass Morgan, and revolves around these 100 delinquents who get sent to Earth to test its livability after nuclear war.
Yep, a bunch of adults living in a dying space station sent 100 kids to potentially die on Earth because they’re troublemakers. Talk about a tough crowd. And that’s only Season 1!
But I digress. I hope you enjoy this tag, and send me a link if you take a stab at it yourself! I’d love to see who everyone comes up with.
A character who makes the tough choices
At first I was trying to think of a character that walked into battle or sacrificed a few to save the many, but then I remembered Taylor Edwards from Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer. Sometimes, making the tough choices isn’t about being a hero. It’s about something much closer to home. And watching a parent die from cancer? Well, I can’t imagine something tougher than that.
A character who is more than what he/she seems
Pretty much every character in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is more than what they seem, but I’m going to particularly talk about Shadow Moon, who we think is just this incredibly unlucky ex-convict but ends up being this really important piece of a much larger puzzle. Basically I love this novel, and I can’t wait for the Starz series to make its debut. And, ironic enough, the actor playing Shadow Moon in the series is none other than Ricky Whittle, who plays Lincoln on The 100.
A character who is the brains of the operation
I’m obviously going to have to go with my girl Hermione from (need I say it) J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. We all know that Hermione’s a badass with a brain. Nothing else needs to be said.
A character who finds himself/herself
Penryn Young from Susan Ee’s Penryn & The End of Days series is a character I greatly admire because she starts off as a girl simply trying to survive an apocalypse and ends up becoming this fierce and brave young woman. And it wasn’t because she had to, but because she finally believed that she could. Plus she names a sword Pookie Bear and still makes it seem badass so there’s that.
A character caught between two worlds
Okay, so this is literally a “caught between two worlds” scenario, but Mia in Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay really sticks out to me for this section. I actually really enjoyed her struggle between living or dying as she ambled the hospital hallways as a “ghost” right after her crash (a sometimes unpopular opinion, I realize), and really felt the weight of her decision as a reader.
A character who suffers a great tragedy
Can we just talk about Sybella in Robin LaFevers Dark Triumph and how her story absolutely destroyed my feelings. For a character who suffered so very, very much, she comes out this crazy strong young woman and I absolutely love her as a heroine.
A character who is often underrated/overlooked
Tim Adleta from Kurt Dinan’s Don’t Get Caught was one character I really wanted to see explored further. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Dinan’s book, and think he did a fantastic job, but I just think Adleta had so many more facets that could have been explored. Plus, despite his jock stereotype, Adleta is a really smart, tricky guy at the heart, which I love.
A kickass Book Mom/Dad
Richard and Annabelle from Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series are two of the best book parents I’ve ever read. They’re equal parts silly and serious, and I almost love reading about them more than I do the other characters in this fantastic series. Almost.
A character who redeems himself/herself
Honestly, this is going to be such a controversial answer, but I really felt like Sebastian Morgenstern from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series redeemed himself a little in my eyes at the end of the series. Don’t get me wrong, he was still a pretty awful guy, but I could see a hint of his true humanity at the end.
A character who sees the world differently than his/her peers
Kai from Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series, while not all that surprising considering he’s totally in love with Cinder, is a character that eventually sees his world, and they way they treat cyborgs and Lunars, as something that needs changing. He doesn’t see lesser people, or unworthy people. He just sees different people, which was something about his character I greatly admired.
A character who just can’t catch a break
Okay, Amy Gumm from Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series needs to raise two hands in the air for this category. And possibly a foot. Honestly, if it’s not Dorothy or Glinda, it’s the Nome King or magic that turns her into a giant rage monster (literally). Who needs that kind of trouble 24/7?