(Note: He's not my MC, only a supporting character) I have a character in my book (I'll just call him "K" here) who is 14 years old and has had quite an "eventful" life thus far, and I really am not sure how all this may affect him, so I'll just give a rundown of what's happened: - First, the world he was born into is a $#!+ty post-apocalypse landscape - When he was a toddler he fell gravely ill, and his father had to fight with and ultimately kill a man to obtain the medicine K needed - When he was about 9 or 10, K's mother gave birth to a second son. At only a few months old, his infant brother dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - The [totalitarian] government suspects his mother of wrongdoing in the infant's death and arrests her - While K's mother is in prison, she is cleared of wrongdoing and ordered to be released, but the order is not acted on right away. In the meantime, she is beaten, raped, and killed in prison. And that's just his backstory. Throughout the course of the events in my book, it gets worse for him: - A revolution against the government begins. K and his dad live in a building containing a tavern, which K's dad owns and operates. In the ensuing political upheaval, they are forced to quarter government troops in the upstairs rooms of their building. - After K's dad is found to be working with the insurgents, the building/tavern is seized by the government and totally gutted; K and his dad, along with the rest of my main cast, must now live on the run. - K's best friend, who acts as a courier for the insurgents, is captured and executed. - The girl K has a crush on gets her head literally blown off by a government sniper. - Eventually, his dad is killed in action during a gun battle with government forces - this is perhaps K's final breaking point, as he now has nobody and nothing left. So, yeah, he's had a pretty bleak and %^&*ed up life. Curious to hear what opinions everyone might have on how these events have changed/will change him, how his character will evolve. Obviously I know that only I have the ultimate say in what happens to him, but I'd still like some feedback. He just has such a messed up life that it's hard to envision what it might do to him, especially at the crucially dynamic age of 14.