Ryan, the second half of the pair that forms the main plot of Ryan and Essie, is different from Essie in every possible way.
He has far more brains than Essie, but surprisingly he’s also more of an idealist. More of a thinking person altogether, for an 11-year-old. He often acts like a jerk. He is extremely rude and standoffish to Essie from the beginning and her resentment over this is what eventually mushrooms into their hostility to each other. Ryan is a bit of a loner and easily makes that known. More than that, he thinks he’s smarter than other people and looks down on them, especially if they have knee-jerk reactions or instinctive feelings about things. Ryan believes in thinking first, foremost, and forever, not in self-confidence or assertive behavior to others. Not that he’s a pushover—he just doesn’t believe people are interesting enough to show off to them.
However, Ryan has much more of a moral conscience than Essie. Even when he does very selfish things, like to Tarvelas, he does so consciously as a decision, showing mental superiority to someone thoughtless. Tarvelas respects this about him and explains that he is being given a life choice similar to her own—a great compliment from one chosen by God as The Voice. When Essie hurts people, it’s because she truly doesn’t see their needs or limits. Ryan always sees other people because he is trying to get them to leave him alone. He’s not without vanity and easily falls into the bad side of Caricanus. But he keeps a perceptiveness about others that makes him more likable than you’d expect from a kid who turns down friendship and would rather read about space than go there.
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Singing, dreaming, telling stories . . . I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I love to write more than I love to read, but nothing equals a book that draws me in to find its story. Most recently publication: A Year with the Harrisons, a contemporary coming of age about three sisters, country life, and music. Next year's publication: Temmark Osteraith, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.