|“||Maybe nothing will ever change for us.
But don't you want to be around just in case it does?
–Chubs to Ruby, in The Darkest Minds
Charles Carrington Meriwether IV, better known by his nickname "Chubs," is one of Ruby's friends and travelling companions.
Chubs was sent to the IAAN rehabilitation camp in Caledonia. Here he meets Liam Stewart and Suzume. When Liam makes a plan to escape, Chubs and Zu are some of the few to make it out alive with him. The three friends band together and steal a minivan they name Black Betty. They stay together avoiding PSFs and skip tracers and eventually meet Ruby Daly.
Chubs is a very loyal friend, but has a hard time with meeting new people. He finds it difficult to trust people he just met as is evidenced when he meets Ruby and Vida for the first time. His loyalty to his friends is very strong as is shown in how he strives to protect Liam, Zu, and Ruby (once he warms up to her).
Chubs seems to have an immunity to Orange powers since Clancy Gray's influence does not seem to affect him. Ruby never tries to influence or read Chub's thoughts, but she once accidentally slips into his mind as she does with many others, when he is shot and she sees a glimpse of his memories.
There is a lot of confusion as to what colour Chubs is in the books. The answer is Blue. Throughout the entire book series, he is Blue, like Liam. However, he used his telekinetic power only three times throughout the series.
The first time was when he and Liam were arguing whether or not to get rid of Black Betty (their minivan). They were arguing with each other, and they both used their telekinetic abilities on each other, before Ruby came out of the van and asked them to stop, thinking they were actually arguing about whether or not to get rid of her.
The second time was when Ruby, Zu, Chubs, and Liam went to East River. They had had a fight with Clancy, in which Liam ended up being badly injured. Clancy lured Ruby out to one of the storage rooms, where she thought she could fight him, but he ended up getting the best of her. Chubs came to save her, though, and he threw Clancy into the shelves with his ability.
The last time Chubs displayed his Blue abilities was when he got shot. This was when he was delivering Jack's letter to his father. His father, in his rage, shot Chubs in the shoulder area. Liam and Ruby then carried him back to the car, trying to get him to a hospital, where Chubs placed his hands on his wound and told Ruby he would try to use his abilities to hold in the blood. It helped considerably, but it was not enough to save him, and in the end Ruby had to press her panic button and call The Children's League to help them.
People tend to confuse the books with the movie, and think he is Green in the books as well, but he is not. His change in colour in the movies was only to ensure that the black betty gang had a variety of abilities to make it more interesting.
Chubs is first met when Ruby follows Zu and hides in Black Betty. Liam and Zu take pity on Ruby, but Chubs wants to drop her off at the nearest bus station. Chubs and Ruby have an estranged relationship through most of the book, but they bond when Ruby discovers the location of East River. They become close friends, and they find comfort in one another, but they still bicker at times. At the end of the book, he is shot in the left shoulder by Jack's father when he attempts to give him a letter. This results in Ruby pressing her panic button given to her by Cate who works for the Children's League. Once they arrive, they take the weak and dying Chubs to the hospital, while Liam and Ruby agree to go with Cate.
Chubs first appears in Never Fade when Ruby goes to Liam's house. Chubs had been looking for clues as to where Liam could be. He is surprised to find Ruby and Liam separated and Ruby must confess what she did to Liam to make him leave her with the Children's League. Chubs survived the gunshot wound he received at the end of The Darkest Minds and had been traveling as a skip tracer to avoid being caught himself. Chubs travels with Ruby, Jude, and Vida to find Liam. When the group is captured by a tribe of hostile blues, Chubs gets to use some of his medical knowledge to help treat the kids they find at the fake East River including Liam.
Once the group is reunited and again hit the road, Liam and Chubs make plans to leave the three Children's League members and strike out on their own. They never go through with their plan, however, and end up going back to Children's League HQ to help with the crisis situation there.
Chubs, with Liam and the rest of what's left of Children's League, relocate to their new base where Cate and other forces are waiting for them due to the previous events of the last book. Shortly after they arrive, Cate declares to go back to former Children's League forces, explaining that they've raided the HQ completely dry out of ammunition and supplies, and that she could be able to change their minds about leaving. Though their new organization together is unnamed and only developing, Chubs and Liam contribute anyway to gathering forces and supplies for their big attack plan on Thurmond.
After finding out that Cate and the other agents with her have been captured by other forces, Chubs volunteers to go on an operation to capture Lillian Gray, Clancy's mother, for Ruby to reverse what Clancy did to her for more Intel on the IAAN disease and the cure. If that didn't work, they would trade her back for Cate and the other agents – and, hearing that, Vida volunteered as well. When Chubs and Vida came back from Kansas HQ, they brought Lillian back and formed what turned out to be a relationship between each other during the operation. At the end of the series, the relationship seemingly strengthens and becomes official by the last chapters.
At first to strangers and newcomers, Chubs may come off a bit rude and unwelcoming, but once he gets to know you, he is really sweet, caring, and loyal. He is very smart and cares about his friends very deeply. He is also very sarcastic.
Chubs has dark skin and hair with brown eyes. He is described as tall, thin, and having big ears. He wears thin, silver framed glasses. According to Liam, he used to be very chubby, but lost a lot of weight while he was at Caledonia, which is why he was nicknamed Chubs.
"Oh, I'm sorry," Chubs said, "Apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue."
"...crackers..." a voice breathed out behind us. "Yesss..."
Chubs first met Liam when they shared a bunk together in Caledonia. (An old school the government turned into a rehabilitation camp when the bigger camps overflowed.) He had Liam and Jack Fields to plan a mass breakout at Caledonia leaving 148 kids shot dead by PSFs, including Jack (something Liam greatly regretted). Later Chubs traveled with Liam and Zu to find East River, meeting Ruby Daly on the way. Chubs is very loyal to Liam, although they don't show it when they're together. Liam is definitely one of Chub's best friends, maybe even his first considering his poor social skills.
Chubs and Liam rescued Zu (Suzume), during the Caledonia breakout when they found her trampled on the ground after disabling the electric fence. Chubs cares a great deal for Zu, although does not believe in 'lying' to her about how things will get better as Liam does. After Zu declared that she would be leaving East River for her cousin Hina's beach home in California, Chubs becomes especially worried and reluctant to let her go.
Chubs first saw Ruby after she rolled out from where she was hiding in Black Betty, (their minivan), and was not happy with her joining the crew when the gang voted two-to-one for letting her ride with them to East River after mysteriously saving them from the PSFs they had crashed into while driving from a sketchy park in Virginia. He was all but kind to her until they had figured out the EDO clue in a warehouse after talking and playing card games while staking-out a tribe of blues they had come across earlier on. The both of them bonded more while at East River, when they sat alone together watching Zu and Lee make new friends, knowing they both lacked social skills as their friends did. Ruby secretly looked at the book Chub's was reading, and found it was the same book that she used to love as a young child (Watership Down). This brought her a little closer to him. The best Chubs-and-Ruby moment though, might be after Ruby came crashing into him on her search for Liam. And after seeing that he was still alive from being shot in the chest, she cried uncontrollably after missing him for the months prior. Ruby has become one of his closest friends.
Chubs first met met Vida in relation to the Children's League traveling with Ruby and while warming up to Vida, he seemed to have a strong dislike for her due to them both having very headstrong personalities. However, after going on a mission with her, Chubs and Vida come back as "love interests." (They did the nasty in a closet)