I’m having trouble with my clueless Protagonist. He starts off with a single shallow goal of simply wanting to be promoted and make more money (prestige). So, he goes on a job that ends up embroiling him in a conspiracy but it is taking him forever to catch on to something being afoot. I mean, he doesn’t even know people are following him!! To be fair, he is quite innocent really, so he wouldn’t think that that is even happening to him. His critical flaw is obliviousness — so it’s who he is. But, I’m having to employ extreme measures to get him to latch onto the story goal. But, it does take all of act one to get him to clue into something being afoot. At the first plot point, he becomes aware and finally starts his pursuit. Is that too late in the book for the reader? I do have another character who is onnit from the word go, and the difference between the two at this early part is glaring. I’m just curious to know if the Protagonist can be a later bloomer for readers. When he finally does ‘come alive’ in Act 2, will I need to redeem him a little or is that too late for readers to be interested in what he has to offer?