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HOMER YANNOS

“If you keep going like this, you’ll lose your reputation. Aren’t you meant to be just a wild and crazy guy?

Name: Homer Yannos
Age: 16
Origin: Greece

Coming from a Greek background, Homer is forceful and domineering and has trouble dealing with other strong personalities. He’s Ellie’s best friend and neighbour. They have always had a very close brother/sister relationship, with the strong affection expected from siblings, as well as the rivalry. In the Ellie Chronicles, Homer’s parents become Ellie’s guardians.

Before the invasion, Homer is a trouble-maker with no directions in life. No one takes him seriously, and he doesn’t let people think otherwise. As the war progresses, he becomes the natural leader of the group, while an implicit rivalry starts between him and the resourceful Ellie. His best friend is able to see him changing quickly, despite her denial. Besides that, no one else but Ellie can imagine Homer’s true lack of confidence and inferiority complex. His arrogance is a shield he uses to avoid facing disappointments. He falls in love with Fi, and takes the situation as a challenge to win her heart.

Homer’s insecurity revealed…

“‘Yeah, but you know, she lives in that big house and she talks like Mrs Hamilton, and me and my family, I mean we’re just Greek peasants to people like her.’
‘Fi’s not like that. You ought to give her a chance.’
‘Gee I’ll give her a chance. Trouble is I don’t know if she’ll give me one.’” (Tomorrow, When The War Began, Chapter 4)

Homer has changed…

“Homer was becoming more surprising with every passing hour. It was getting hard to remember that this fast-thinking guy, who’d just spent fifteen min­utes getting us laughing and talking and feeling good again, wasn’t even trusted to hand out the books at school.” (Tomorrow, When The War Began, Chapter 8)

“And Homer, well, Homer was the surprise of my life. He even seemed better looking these days, probably because his head was up and he walked more confidently and carried himself differ­ently. He had such imagination and sense that I could hardly believe it.” (Tomorrow, When The War Began, Chapter 21)

“‘Look at Homer. At school he was like Attila the Wog. I mean, honestly Homer, you have to admit, you were hopeless, just lounging around all day with your shirt out, making smart comments. The day this started, you changed. You’ve been a bit of a star you know. You’ve had all the good ideas and you’ve made us do things we wouldn’t have done without you. I think you’ve lost a bit of steam since the ambush of that convoy, but I don’t blame you for that. It was an ugly scene.’” (The Dead Of The Night, Chapter 15)

Homer’s sweetness…

“The only thing Homer had left out was the way he’d wept when he’d found us both safe. I saw the sweetness of Homer then, that he’d had as a little guy, but which some people probably thought he’d lost as a teenager.” (Tomorrow, When The War Began, Chapter 22)

Homer gives hope…

“None of us had thought anything about it because it had seemed impossible. But Homer’s say­ing it had brought it within the realms of possibility, till suddenly it seemed like the only thing to do. In fact, him saying it made it seem so possible that it was almost as if it had happened already. That was the power of the spoken word. Homer had put us back on our feet and got us dancing again.” (The Dead Of The Night, Chapter 1)

Homer on being brave…

“‘Maybe this stuff is obvious to everyone else. Maybe you all figured it out when you were knee-high to grasshoppers, and I’m just struggling along in the distance trying to catch up. But you know, it’s only occurred to me the last week or so how this courage business works. It’s all in your head. You’re not born with it, you don’t learn it in school, you don’t get it out of a book. It’s a way of thinking, that’s what it is. It’s something you train your mind to do. I’ve just started to realise that. When something happens, something that could be dangerous, your mind can go crazy with fear. It starts galloping into wild terri­tory, into the bush. It sees snakes and crocodiles and men with machine guns. That’s your imagination. And your imagination’s not doing you any favours when it pulls those stunts. What you have to do is to put a bridle on it, rein it in. It’s a mind game. You’ve got to be strict with your own head. Being brave is a choice you make. You’ve got to say to yourself: I’m going to think brave. I refuse to think fear or panic.’” (The Dead Of The Night, Chapter 1)

Homer and Ellie’s relationship…

“Homer was quite red in the face and looking over our heads. It was so rare for him to admit he was wrong about anything that I bit back the joke I was going to make. In fact he hadn’t been entirely wrong about the guns – he’d convinced me of that when we’d argued about it in Hell. But he had just proved how much wiser he was these days. I gave him a wink and felt for his hand, getting a good grip on it. I was now touching the two boys I loved most in the world, and I thought how lucky I was.” (The Dead Of The Night, Chapter 15)

“But I was grateful to Homer. I found myself getting quite sentimental about him. Once again he’d proved himself a true friend.” (The Night Is For Hunting, Chapter 8 )