The book is a combination of Brave New World and Logan's Run. People live in a community where everyone is happy and conditioned from birth. All life's professions are chosen by the community elders at the child's 12th birthday. All society misfits and extreme elderly are "released."
The story centers around Jonas, who is approaching his 12th birthday. At that time there is a ceremony where he will be told his life's profession and then begin the training for it. Jonas will begin a unique profession where he will learn the truth behind the community he lives in and all the things that mosts people are not permitted to ever know. Above all he will find out what happens to those who are "released." What he learns will either make him an important advisor to the community elders or go on a journey to find what he is missing!
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