This Side of Paradise
Jack arrived at dinner as usual. His mom was drunk, his brother ready to resent everything his parents had to say. Jack's father had recently started his new job working for Mr. Eden. It was then that his father announced to the family that they would be moving into Mr. Eden's gated community, "Paradise." Everyone who worked for Mr. Eden lived here, and it was time for them to move in as well.
Jack and Gram went to Jack's wrestling match. They, along with Jack and Troy's mother, go to every match. So it was very odd, and concerning that their mother was not there. Jack noticed a very creepy looking figure in the corner of the gym recording everything Troy did. He later found from his father that the mysterious figure was Mr. Eden, who is "very pleased'' with Troy...
On moving day, Jack and Troy find Gram saying her final goodbyes to her lost husband in the house they lived their lives in together. Jack's father found them here and grew furious. He blamed Gram for them being late to meet Mr. Eden in Paradise. Troy attempted to fight his father, but he was struck down, and choked on the ground until he gave up. Their father acted like nothing had happened.
When they arrived in Paradise, they were greeted by a beautiful gatekeeper, Jori. However, Jacks father would not allow him to speak to Jori because she "doesn't belong here." When they arrived at the house Jack noticed one thing. His mom was still missing. Jack, with the help of Jori was finally able to realize, his father was Mr. Eden.
As Jack began to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together, things got worse. Jack realized why his family had been acting out of character, Mr. Eden had replaced them with "fake people." Even Gram, who loved nothing more than her grandchildren, found Jack and said, "I'm going to crush his windpipe" (18.158).
Jack thought back to his former school, where he remembered his teacher, Mrs. Schott saying that "somewhere, somehow, someone always pays the price for perfection" (22.203). The price is often much higher than people realize. Jack's father killed himself after his perfect world was ruined. Jack had won, and saved his family from his father.
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