Alright, I'm going to kick this character-based review off with a character profile: Ethan (note that I'm probably going to be wrong on a lot of this; I'm just noting what I've seen so far).
His attack on Ronnie showed a few things about his character that I didn't realize before. First off, he is extremely disorganized in his killings. I don't think he realized that a place like that would, in fact, have security cameras. Hell, I don't even know if he cared. He's proven that once he locks on to a target, he gains tunnel vision; he sees nothing except his victim (or victims). In one aspect, that makes him much easier to see coming and to capture; Dorian and Shelton will always be aware of him, and the police will find him very easily because of his fixating behavior. On the other hand, it makes him all the more dangerous; he will slaughter anyone who gets in his way, no matter how innocent they are. When he feels the heat coming down on him, he will grow more desperate and the danger will only increase. And fate help the people who back Ethan into a corner.
The second thing I noticed was his need for attention. He wants the voices to know what he's doing for them. He wanted to send a message to Dorian and Shelton by his mutilation of Ronnie's corpse. He wants some bit of satisfaction from his journey being noticed by others. It completely differs from when he was a child; he didn't seem to care about his adoptive parents at all - and that makes me wonder if Ronnie truly is his first murder.
Thirdly, his delusions control a large part of his character. He truly thinks that his beliefs (which I don't think are entirely his own) are the only ones that are right. He cannot accept that they may be wrong. It's not because he is a narcissist; I don't get that feeling at all. It's because his emotional state is still that of a child's. His opinions probably aren't even his own; they belong to the voices, and he's scared that if he disagrees with them, they will refuse to be his friend. You know, much like when a seven-year-old threatens his buddy to not tattle on him or he won't be his friend anymore.
Finally, the blitz attack with no confrontation with Ronnie, refusing to respond to the police officers, and attacking Dorian and Shelton without saying anything but curses toward them suggest that he has no social skills whatsoever. In fact, I am willing to take a guess that he goes out of his way not to speak to anyone but his Pokemon and the voices unless he absolutely has to do it. He'll stand out wherever he goes because of his behavior, not because of any physical features he has. That contrasts a bit with the need for attention; without any social skills, there is no possible way to hold a genuine conversation and no reason for anyone to listen to you. That makes me wonder what use the shards and flakes could have for someone like Ethan and what their ultimate goal is.
In summary, Ethan is disorganized, anti-social, delusional, and craves attention that he feels that he never got. I am not surprised that he killed someone. The only thing that surprises me is that he didn't do it earlier in the story.
Like someone else mentioned, the death of Ronnie tying in with the release of Kecleon was remarkable symbolism. Almost as if you were trying to say that...hmm...new and totally improbable theories are being created. D8
I am most certainly wondering how Dorian and Shelton are going to react toward Ronnie's death. I am also wondering if anyone aside from the three main characters has any real interest in the shards and flakes.
Either way, I'm looking forward to the next chapter, whenever it comes out. This one was simply brilliant.
Last edited by SilentMemento; 24th May 2012 at 11:33 PM.
Warmonger - A fantasy fic where peasants fight the wars of kings and lords, where monsters lurk in the night, and where depravity is not only expected, but encouraged...