Jonas lives in a neatly predictable world. Citizens start their community service time when they are eight, get bicycles at nine, and are eventually assigned roles in society according to their aptitudes. When he receives his unusual assignment, he begins to challenge assumptions and policies that have shaped his life. Can he survive the pain of truths he never wanted to learn?
The vocabulary in this book is deceptively simple, even when it describes disturbing practices in calm, measured words. An advanced third grader could understand this text, but discretion is advised for the maturity of the content. This text is rich with discussion potential about conformity and individualism, ethics, and what it means to be a good person in a healthy, functioning society.
"We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences . . . We gained control of many things. But we had to
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