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Friday, July 19, 2019

Character Profile and Interview: Devon


***Spoiler Alert***
 If you have not read Allie’s Return and Shark Station yet, reading the character interview questions and answers below will spoil it for you. This is meant to be read after you’ve finished reading the book.

Character Profile
Name: Devon Jones
Age: 17
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Favorite Color: Red
Official Job on Shark Station: Medical Assistant
Onboard Mentor: Dr. Amanda Jones

Personality Description:
Devon Jones is a loyal and true friend. Out of all Dylan’s friend’s, he’s the most level-headed and even-tempered. In his home life, Devon has always been pressured to do well. As a child, he had a boundless level of energy that drove his parents crazy. To help him contain it, he was trained in martial arts from the time he was able to walk, beginning with tai chi. Attracted to the sport of martial arts, he chose to spend a lot of his time honing his skills until he’d learned every style of martial arts. At the same time, he began to learn how the body moved and worked. He became passionate about how to improve the lives of athletes with sports injuries and how robotic joints functioned, which led him to his academic focus. Most of the time, he’s consumed with his studies, but he always has time for his best friends.  


Devon has the INFJ-A or Advocate personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/infj-personality.


***Spoiler Content Below This Point***
Character Interviews

Question 1: How did you feel about being banished to Shark Station along with your other friends when (let’s be honest here), you were the most blameless in the entire situation?
Answer: At first, I was kind of upset. The reason Mayor Cho gave for me being banished as well felt a lot less steep than everyone else’s reason. I thought maybe it had to do with my mother being sent too. Perhaps he knew she’d need a medical assistant. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized Mayor Cho was right. What I did when I fought Mayor Aldridge’s guards was a direct violation of Oceanian conduct. I shouldn’t have been challenging authority like that even if it was for the right reason. [Devon reflects for a few moments, smiling proudly] I did take down quite a few security guards that day.


Question 2: It seems like you’re often dragged along on your friend’s adventures. What does it feel like being one of the more cautious members of the group?

Answer: I don’t know if I’d say I’m necessarily one of the more cautious members of the group, but I do tend to think things out before I do them. I try to think about the positive and negative consequences of my actions. However, I’ll drop anything and rush to the aid of a friend, so in that way, I’d say I’m not as cautious as I might appear to be. I will say that I’m probably the most patient out of all my friends. Waiting for something doesn’t bother me as much as it does most people.


Question 3: What was it like getting to work with your mother onboard Shark Station?

Answer: It was different and odd at first, but as we worked alongside each other, I learned a lot. At home, your mom is your Mom, you know? And working with her and seeing her as a professional in her element was different. She didn’t treat me as a son, she treated me as a colleague. She pushed me to think more critically and to focus on the slight details that can make all the difference. To be honest, I enjoyed our time working together.


Question 4: What was your first thought when Allie suggested using the SCUBAPS to escape Shark Station?

Answer: My first thought was to consider what could go wrong. I knew that it sounded like a viable option, whereas everything else sounded like it wasn’t going to work. Still, the thought of swimming 4,300 meters to the surface of the ocean sounded outrageous and panic-inducing. I still can’t believe we pulled it off. It was the most dangerous time of my life and unlike Allie, Dylan, and Samantha, I’d never had close calls like that before. I had to rely on everything I’d learned in my martial arts training to stay calm and collected in order to do what needed to be done to survive.


Random Question: What is your greatest fear?
Answer: My greatest fear? Hmm, that’s kind of hard for me to answer. I guess my greatest fear would be losing the ones I love. My family and friends mean everything to me, and I’d hate to lose them.

*Devon’s age is based on his age in Shark Station, not the prior two novels.




Friday, July 5, 2019

Character Profile and Interview: Max


***Spoiler Alert***
 If you have not read Allie’s Return and Shark Station yet, reading the character interview questions and answers below will spoil it for you. This is meant to be read after you’ve finished reading the book.

Character Profile
Name: Max (Maximillian) Granger
Age: 18
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Favorite Color: Silver
Official Job on Shark Station: Station Maintenance Robotic Engineer
Onboard Mentor: Dr. Antoine Gomez

Personality Description:
Maximillian Granger is a master trickster, always thinking of his next prank. Besides Samantha, he is Dylan’s oldest friend. With Max’s father being one of the most important people in Oceania, Max has always lived a life of luxury and was expected to always be on his best behavior. He clearly rebelled and has been causing trouble since before he can remember. He dislikes authority even more so than Allie, being blatantly rebellious whenever he can. Although most things are a joke to him, Max is passionate about robotics and all sorts of technology. His dream is to design the perfect sentient robot and when he isn’t playing around, he’s working hard at making his dream a reality.


Max has the ESTP-A or Entrepreneur personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/estp-personality.


***Spoiler Content Below This Point***
Character Interviews

Question 1: What was your first thought when you heard you were being banished to Shark Station with Allie and Dylan?

Answer: Honestly, my first thought was what the heck?! Why am I…or even Dylan and Allie being punished at all? Okay, maybe I could see why Dylan and Allie were in trouble for it. I mean, they did kind of expose Oceania to the Above World and risk everyone in the city’s life by escaping to take the cure to land…but it was all for a good cause. Now, back to me. I didn’t understand why I was getting banished at all. Unlike last time, I wasn’t even part of their most recent scheme. I think Mayor Cho was just waiting for an excuse to get rid of me. The only good thing about being banished was getting to spend more quality time with my lovely Samantha.


Question 2: How was it working with Dr. Gomez as your onboard mentor?

Answer: That was actually enlightening. Unlike the other adults onboard, he treated us with respect. He allowed me to handle a lot of the experimentation and maintenance on the ship and station with only slight supervision from him. Even with the short time we had at Shark Station, I learned a lot from him.


Question 3: You really had a lot of issues with Dr. Avraham, why is that?

Answer: Are you really asking me that? Who came up with these questions? I had a problem with her because she was overstepping every time you turn around. She was like an abyssal dictator. Do this, do that…don’t do this…don’t do that. Ahh! She drove me insane. Her whole holier than thou mentality was ridiculous too. I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with her anymore. Now I know why they call the trench the Hadalpelagic zone.


Question 4: Just how terrified were you when you and your friends were stuck in open water surrounded by sharks?

Answer: Oh, I wasn’t terrified in the least bit. Are you kidding me? I’m not some coward when it comes to sharks. Besides, [Max puffed up his chest] I had to be strong for Samantha. She really needed me at that moment. I had to be brave for her.


Random Question: Why are you such a prankster?
Answer: Why not? It’s fun. I get a laugh and other people get mad, which usually makes me laugh harder. Each time I come up with a new prank, it’s a game of logic really. How can I make it bigger and better each time I do it? It’s a rush and a thrill! Otherwise, life under the sea can get dull. Well, that is until Allie showed up and started creating some tidal waves.


*Max’s age is based on his age in Shark Station, not the prior two novels.