As much as I do love Jake and cried during his idol scene, I do have to agree he has such a more involved role in the story book 2 where it could be interpreted as favoritism. Like… I loved his idol scene. I love that he was apart of a super cool, black ops-esque group who get their own codenames and cool gear. Like… since that reveal I’ve been trying to imagine what Jake’s suit and gear would be like based on the wolf spider. That idol scene was so well written, connecting both Zahra and MC’s idol flashforwards to tell a much larger flashforward of a possible future if Rourke won, but… that’s the point. Some of the idol flashforwards are very isolated in their storytelling. Most of them, actually and are very short in comparison to Jake’s idol scene. Michelle’s flashforward, though I could go on and on about how it connects with her characterization and story, is so short in comparison. And Sean, who is just as much of an LI and main character as Jake, he just… sacrifices himself by pushing… I think it was the king crab… off the side of a cliff. Like, yes, so emotional, but… kinda insignificant compared to Jake’s idol scene.
I don’t think the problem is Jake is getting more. I like what was given in regards to Jake’s character is AMAZING. I just think… PB tends to rush with their stories. Most of the idol scenes seem individualized except for Zahra, MC, and Jake when, if they had only taken a little while longer, could have strung them together in one story that told their downward spiral of loss with one thing leading to another resulting in everyone’s death. Meanwhile, what we got were eerie what’s to come (like Craig or Quinn) or just death (like Michelle). Maybe the rest of the idol scene will show themselves in the next book, because it seems book 2 is going to lead to a trilogy like TC&TF, but I feel like the idol scene would have been SO MUCH better had they have just been one 12-part story of the ES crew’s failure each told in a separate idol scene.