Jonas and his family live in a place that would be looked at as a dream in today?s world. A place that is ?perfect? in many ways, free of war and pain. It?s a place where people see no color and remember few things from the past. At the age of twelve, kids become adults and their lives will change forever. At this date they are assigned their duty in the community and will serve until they are old. A Board of Elders observe children throughout their childhood to determine what there occupation best fits them. The Elders also make other important decisions for people, such as who they will marry and if they are capable of being good enough parents to raise a child.
Jonas? lives in a normal family for the time; his father, mother, sister, and a visiting Gabriela. Gabriela is a newborn that will have to be ?released? because she failed to meet the community standards, so Jonas? father took her home to try and get her ?up to par? on everything. The family gets to know and love Gabriela and have a hard time ?releasing? her.
At the Ceremony of Twelve?s, the
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