We learn that Jonas is the main character and he lives in a community that is very different from our own. There are speakers that tell them what to do and remind the citizens of the rules. They do not have animals. They have 'Family Units' that always consist of a mom, dad, brother and sister. They have strict rules. They must share their feelings and dreams. There is also something called 'release'. You can get released if you are a baby and you are not growing fast enough, a criminal who commits a crime 3 times or if you are an elderly person who has grown too old.
Every night the family shares their feelings and every morning they share their dreams from the night before.
Jonas is apprehensive (nervous) about receiving his assignment at the Ceremony of Twelves.
Jonas rarely ever dreams.
The community does not have animals, but they use the word to describe savages even though they do not understand what the word 'animals' really means.
Lily is upset about a visiting community. They did not know the rules and acted like animals.
Jonas' father is worried about a baby boy he is nurturing. He is not growing fast enough or sleeping like he is supposed to so he might be released!
Jonas' mother works for the Department of Justice and she is worried about a man who has commited a crime a second time. They all know three strikes and you are released!
What does Release mean? Why do they not have animals? Why are they given assignments (jobs) instead of being able to choose what they do? There seems to be a lot of rules!
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