I was thinking about this earlier and decided that, while I like the kid, Cass is definitely my 5th-favorite kid in Anomalous and sort of always has been. For a minute I felt kinda guilty and tried to figure out what it was about him that made me feel that way.
The thing about Cass is, I can’t relate to him on almost any level. He’s:
*good at sports
*good at math
*chill and calm
Everyone else in the story has some Achilles heel or major personality trait that I can get on board with, understand, relate to, etc. Sometimes I find myself yelling at the computer screen/printed page because I completely GET this kid (whichever of them it is at the time). Cass doesn’t really have those moments and if I’d gone to Becker for high school, I can almost for sure say that I would have either resented Cass or been blissfully unaware of his existence.
In lesser hands, the author would have turned Cass into the grinning jerk jock guy who needs to get punched out by some wimpy lead character, later in the story. In lesser hands, I should have hated Cass. But I don’t.
That’s what’s so brilliant about these characters, and this book. Even the 5th-favorite, even the kid with a disgusting list of advantages in life, is given a fair, balanced life and representation and left for us, the reader, to decide feelings about.