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Jonas is a 12 year old that is nervous on what will happen on December. Jonas lives in a place called the Community, where in December they get an asigned job. Jonas´ father gave him the when I was your age talk, and Jonas started thinking about all the ceremonies he wittnessed. His father told him he could sneek a peak at the naming list before it is publicily announced.
Jonas's Father brings home the sick baby, Gabriel, who Lily remarks has "funny eyes" just like Jonas. "Funny" turns out to mean "light-colored"; almost everyone is the community has dark eyes, except for a very few, like Jonas and Gabe. Jonas knows that it's . She wonders aloud if maybe Gabe and Jonas had the same birth mother. Jonas looks for Asher so they can do their "volunteer hours" after school. . The children start volunteer hours when they become Eights. Jonas thinks about a boy named Benjamin who basically knows everything there is to know about the job while he's still only Eleven.
At breakfast, Jonas and his family go through yet another ritual: telling their dreams. Jonas usually doesn't remember his dreams, but this morning is a different story. In Jonas's dream, he narrates to his family, he was in a bathtub—like the ones at the House of the Old. He was bare-chested.And Fiona was there. His mother gave him a talk. Then gives him a pill and forgets it.It's finally time for this Ceremony we've been hearing so much about. As Lily gets ready, Jonas reminds her of how she got her front-button jacket when she turned Seven. Before they become Sevens, children have to wear coats that fasten in the back, so they can learn "interdependence" by buttoning each other up.
It's finally time for the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas and his friends line up in the order of the numbers they were given at birth, before they all had names. The numbers reflect the order in which the children are born; Jonas is number nineteen, which means he's on the older side of his group of children. Jonas was selected to be the receiver of Memory.
As the crowd files out of the auditorium, Jonas meets up with Asher, who hesitates a moment before agreeing to ride back home with his friend. It's a little strained when they finally part ways. That night at dinner, Jonas asks his parents about the "failed" receiver from ten years ago. His parents hesitate to talk about it, and finally reveal that it was a girl, but they can't say her name. In fact, her name can never be used ever again in the community, even for new babies.
Jonas went to Fiona´s training. There he was greeted by the receivor of the memory. Jonas goes through the door into what appears to be The Receiver's living area. It's got a bed, desk, table, etc. Most shocking are the books. Until now, Jonas has only seen books for reference or rules. But here are shelves of books, about what he doesn't know.And then Jonas suddenly realizes that, hey, the old Receiver is sitting in the corner. Jonas greets him and stumbles about awkwardly in his speech until the old man declares that Jonas is the new Receiver, so he himself isn't any longer.
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