from This is Where it Ends
By Hayden Kelly
"Two loud cracks tear through the air. The paperweight slips out of my hands, breaking into a thousand shards on the floor. 'What was that?'...We've spent time hunting with my granddad and my sister. We've watched plenty of movies. Far grew up in a war zone. We both know the sound of gunshots..." (Nijkamp 27). Tomas thinks quick, being immensely intelligent; he knows how to act quick and can handle any situation with maturity and respect. Willing to do anything to protect his mother and sister, he will pull any stunt no matter the risk.
Overall, Tomas's character is intelligent and respectful on the outside, but slightly troubled on the inside because of his past.