This story takes place in the future in an unknown part of the former United States of America. The people of the community are very conservative.
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I really thought Jonah displayed some really great, brave qualities. To be in his position must have been quite difficult. To hold all the memories of the community must have been quite a burden. To now understand the great difficulties of the community, the ones that had been "hidden" was eye-opening in itself, but to realize why is quite a different story. His true character prevailed at his decision to take Gabe and flee the community in order to save the child's life. It must have been quite difficult to pick up and leave everyone and everything you have ever known, even if it felt as if it were all just a lie.