Today I am interviewing Lyssa Chiavari’s character, Isaak!
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Title: Fourth World
Pub Date: Dec 29th, 2015
IAMOS, S.C.D. 8378
Nadin’s planet is dying. As its atmosphere drains away, her people are forced to live huddled in domed cities for protection. With only enough resources to support the population for one more year, time is running out. Nadin thinks she’s found a way to save Iamos, but it will mean defying the planet’s rulers, the geroi—and betraying the geroi could cost h …more
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My little sister, Celeste, is six. I was eleven when she was born, so it was kind of a big adjustment after all those years as an only child. I guess she’s okay as little sisters go, but it can be annoying when she wants to cling to me all the time.
When I was a kid, my mom and I used to spend two weeks on Earth during my off-terms from school to visit my grandparents. My grandpa is a retired archaeologist, and I loved spending time with him on his digs in Veracruz before he retired. I’ve secretly dreamed of becoming an archaeologist myself for years, but my mom needs me here on Mars — and you can’t exactly become an archaeologist on a dead planet. Right?
I’m good at listening. It’s how I’m able to pick languages up so quickly.
There’s an animal I really love, but you might not believe me if I told you about her. She’s not exactly something you might have seen before…
I’ll tell you, but my secret is dangerous. You have to make sure no one from GSAF finds out about it. I uncovered it — literally — on a field trip to the hills outside of Tierra Nueva. It looked like a rusty piece of metal, but it had strange markings on it that seemed familiar somehow. And it was ancient, thousands of years old. How did something like that get on Mars? That’s another secret, and that one is too dangerous for me to tell you.
Okay, don’t laugh: after my grandpa deciphered the Cascajal Block, he wrote a book about his work on Olmec archaeology, as well as about the language and the culture of the Olmecs. I seriously love it. Not just because my grandpa wrote it! But because understanding the language taught us so much about these people that we never knew before. I love how archaeology gives you a look at what life was like in times and places you never could have imagined before. Sometimes I read it and think… if Abuelo could do this, what could I do? When I read that book, it makes me feel like maybe I’m not just trapped in this life other people laid out for me. I can do something more.
My best friend, Henry, is kind of a jerk. I mean, he’s cool and everything — we’ve been friends since middle school, when we were part of the Cult Classics Club, and he’s great to have on a raid when you’re playing an MMO. But he’s also stubborn, a conspiracy theorist, and a hardcore anarchist. You can imagine how fun he is to be around when he goes off on one of his anti-government rants. Still, he’s always been there for me, especially after we both wound up at the Academy. Neither of us exactly fit in with all the rich kids there, so it’s good to have him around.
Henry started calling me “Zak” back in middle school, and it sort of stuck. Even Celeste calls me that now.
It drives me crazy when adults try to put me in a box. Whether they compare me to my dad, Abuelo, or even my mom’s new boyfriend, it seems no one is content to let me be myself. Even my school seems to want to dictate my life, giving me a scholarship for linguistics that basically conscripted me to a life working for GSAF as a translator. For once, I’d like for someone to see me as myself, rather than some extension of their own ideas.
Not long after my dad disappeared, Henry and I found an old lunch box with some of his possessions in it buried in the backyard. There’s all sorts of weird junk in there — most of it of the sort that could get you into trouble with GSAF — but it’s still nice to have something of his.
I’m not exactly in a relationship, but there’s this girl… Well, I’m not sure, to be honest. For years, I’ve had a crush on Tamara, my other best friend apart from Henry. She was my first friend in Tierra Nueva after my family moved here, and she’s one of the few people who really understands me. It seemed like things between us were working out really well before, but then something happened. Stuff changed in ways I never could have expected. And I met someone else. Now I don’t know… Can we skip this one, actually?
Well, I do, but I’m not sure you’d believe me. It’s hard for me to believe myself. And it’s a loooong story. It would probably take a book to get through it all. Maybe even three.
You’re welcome! It was nice to talk to someone normal for once.
Thank you Lyssa for being here today with your amazing character Isaak!
Go get Fourth world and meet Isaak in the series! I think I might just go pick it up now!
I will see you all tomorrow, Luvs!
Tomorrow’s author is Jane Watson!
HAPPY READING, LUVs