If you’ve read any of the books so far, you have probably noticed that each hero has their sidekick. After all, what is a hero without a partner or subordinate figure? Batman and Robin®, Superman and Jimmy Olsen®, The Human Torch and The Thing® (Ben Grimm probably wouldn’t like that one) all heroes with sidekicks.
In AURA, Jacob has two sidekicks, Rachel, and Clarisse. Both are an important part of the story, and both help to form him into the hero that he becomes. They represent parts of Jacob that he seems to either lack or have too little of. Rachel with her calm but firm demeanor and Clarisse with her unpredictable nature are counterpoints to Jacob’s natural caution and, sometimes, volatile abilities.