Okay! Finished reading Predicament last night and also read all the teasing spoiler boxes... here are my thoughts...
I agree with Laura on Cedric being Aspie, for many reasons. One that really stood out to me was the thing about the boxes or cartons. Both in his need for them in organization, but also having an attachment to them to the point where burning them seemed wrong. Other factors: he's secluded, loves to read and inhabits a world largely of his own (the thing with whispering to Jasmine and the repeating the eff'ing church part when he was hiding in the doorway), his time spent with Gus his horse (we love animals!) and picking types of people for friends that others may see as unacceptable (Mervyn) or strange (Spook). Also, that he thinks of running his hand over his face in the form of a snippet to a book and doesn't accept it as pure action. He even looks up to make sure his reference is correct. There's a lot of Aspie-ness to Cedric. Possibly to Morrieson as well.
I don't see Cedric as a sociopath really. Just having a different mindset and being very socially awkward. He wants his bad guy friends to see him in a good light. The brains of the operation. He needs that approval pretty badly. Would he go on to do more bad things? I think only if he befriends more shady people. I can't see him really putting himself out there to do things on his own. He is a co-conspirator at best. So his life in the future I think would entirely depend on what types of people cross his path. Perhaps, with his father healed and whole and not having the social stigma of the tower looming over him at all times he would fare better in his second chance life. (which to me is the purpose of the tower, it's a metaphor for his social challenges. Large and casting a huge shadow over his life. It's the bane of his existence and it's always present.). He does have a pull towards his quiet life, so I'm unsure as to wether he would meet more unsavory types. I think a big part of his motivation in his efforts to unhinge Mervyn and Spook has to do with getting his routine back of reading and spending time with his horse.
Not to say Cedric doesn't have a moral compass guiding him, although his thinking may not line up with the majority of society at large. He sees blackmailing Ernie Fox as wrong, but not someone he sees as having it coming such as Bramwell. (I didn't feel bad for Bramwell either) A touch of vigilanteism there, perhaps... So he feels a sort of strain in his trip to the dark side, and a pull to his safe life of seclusion as well.
Spook is fascinating and I can't wait to see Jemaine play him. Like Cedric, Spook is very socially awkward. He clings to the only person that has paid him attention. Had he lived I imagine Cedric would have seen more and more of Spooks devotion shift towards him or at least shared equally with Mervyn. You saw hints of that after Spook wolfed down his pie. "You gave me a pie..I love you now.." sort of vibe lol. I loved the image of Spook sitting in the rain outside Mervyns place of work. Ugh, the end of his life. I never saw that coming! I felt bad for Spook the whole book.
Really didn't see too much of a point to the character of the "Witch". Possibly could have left her out entirely as she really didn't go anywhere.
The ending, I suppose was anti-climatic but I think overall it works making the whole story just a hiccup in time for Cedric. From quiet, to chaos, to possibly an even quieter life. It has hope therein. Leaving the name calling behind, having his dad back, his solitude returned... everything his awkward heart could wish for all handed to him suddenly with a bright red bow. I enjoyed it, thanks for loaning the book out MM! Sending round to Nonch next!
"Hey Ya'll, I'm destroying your city!" And the Bret and Jemaine angels looked on in approval.