Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Jack from Mania by J.R. Johansson. Mania is the final book in the Night Walkers series. It is a YA thriller and you can read my review for the Insomnia here and Paranoia here! This novel released on July 8, 2015 by Flux.
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Jack is a Watcher and the brother of Parker. He’s tough and can take care of himself because he’s always had to. He doesn’t have much background to understand someone actually wanting to take spend time with him or get to know him, so he comes across as very mechanical and cold to Parker. In reality, he has a great heart and just wants to do the right thing…even when his instincts aren’t always sure what that is.
Why Jenn thinks Jack is a Hero:
Jack wouldn’t agree with my assessment, but I think he’s a hero because the concept of being selfish isn’t in his vocabulary. He doesn’t worry about his own survival, but he easily bears the responsibility of trying to get everyone else out alive. He’s a leader, even when he’s trying not to be, but not for the glory or the power. He despises both of those. He’s a leader because he isn’t afraid of hard choices, they are all he’s ever known.
Interview with Jack
DFT: I was so excited when I heard you were going to be getting your own story! For those of us who haven’t had the chance to meet you yet, will you tell us a short synopsis of your story thus far?
Jack: Of course, I was born and raised a rebel. Trained by my father to fight against a Night Walker Society that has become corrupt. I’m a Type 2, or a Watcher as my brother, Parker, calls it. Which means I spend my nights in the dreams of the last person I made eye contact with. It can be a curse, but it also gives us great power. I’m currently in the center of a Night Walker war between the Takers and the rest of us. I may be the only one who can end it, and I have to do it now.
DFT: You are a nightwalker and you have the strange ability to enter into other people’s dreams. What is your favorite thing about being a nightwalker? What is the worst thing about being a nightwalker?
Jack: There are so many things that can be achieved through my Watcher abilities. I can find people’s deepest secrets, give them the worst nightmares or the most amazing dreams. I can implant suggestions or ideas into their subconscious. I can get nearly anything I need or want through entering the dreams of the right people. That’s why it’s so important that we not abuse this power…but it can be tempting.
The worst thing is the exhaustion and the fact that we are bound to other people to stay alive. How can we be truly independent or free if we have to count on Builders in order to avoid our lives and sanity becoming a virtual ticking clock? It isn’t easy…but at least we have an option to keep us alive. The Takers weren’t so lucky.
DFT: Your relationship with your father wasn’t really the best, but it got better when you were a little older. What is your most treasured memory spent with your father?
Jack: The day before he sent me to keep an eye on Parker, Dad spent an hour sparring with me and the entire time he couldn’t take me down. No matter how many times he tried he never landed a blow. He never knocked me flat on my back like he had so many times before. Instead, I put him on the floor—more than once. He nodded as I helped him to his feet, then he looked me in the eyes, patted me on my shoulder and told me that he was satisfied and my training was complete. He actually looked satisfied, like he was proud of me. I’ll never forget that.
DFT: The two previous books in the series have been mostly about your half brother Parker whom you have a rather strained relationship with. I know you don’t love everything about Parker, but he does have some good traits. What do you think is the best quality he possesses?
Jack: Loyalty. I’m guessing it came from his mom. That’s the thing about him that I think I’d like to work on in myself. Parker would do anything for his friends…sometimes to the extent of being idiotic and reckless, but still. It’s a quality I admire in him…
Do me a favor and don’t share this interview with him, will you? If he finds out I said this, I’m sure he won’t let me forget it.
DFT: I know that being a hero in someone else’s eyes can be a pretty big deal and it can be intimidating at times. Have you ever considered yourself a hero?
Jack: Never, and I don’t want to be one. To be honest, I think the idea of someone else even thinking of me that way is a little crazy. If someone told me they did, I would have to wonder if A—they didn’t know me well enough (likely) or B—they had some sneaky ulterior motive or wanted something. Where do you find time to be a hero when you spend most of your life on the run and just trying to stay alive?
DFT: I’m sure there have been a large number of people that have influenced you in your life, but who would say had the biggest impact on who you are today?
Jack: Today? I’d have to say my Dad. I didn’t spend enough time with many other people…except for people from the rebel camp, like maybe Libby and Marisol. But if I’m being honest—the more time I spend with my brother, the more I think that in a year, my answer might be different.
…And now I’ve said too much…this interview really needs to be burned a.s.a.p… Any way we can make that happen?
J.R. Johansson writes YA Thrillers, tweets, and watches football–not necessarily in that order. She’s the author of the Night Walkers Saga: INSOMNIA, PARANOIA and MANIA (July 8, 2015). The Night Walkers books are out in eleven countries and will be coming soon to three more. No, she doesn’t speak that many languages. Yes, she wishes she did. CUT ME FREE came out in January 2015 with FSG/Macmillan and they’ll be releasing THE ROW in Fall 2016. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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Available July 8, 2015 by Flux
About this Book:
Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.
Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.
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