I really liked the story as a whole, but I think my favorite part (apart from the way the author showed how color would be a foreign object/thing to Jonas, and how it was described as a "glitch" or something that he couldn't quite put his finger on) was the author's notes at the end. She noted that since the ending was left moderately vague, the readers often either saw themselves in Jonas (like that one kid who liked how he was frustrated with being forced to take care of his younger siblings) or interpreted both Jonas and Gabriel as reaching heaven (a response given by a boy who apparently didn't even realize that the author never even outright mentioned the two dying). I like to think that Jonas and Gabriel entered a different town, like the one hinted at in the third book of the series (I've only read the first two, but I really want to read the third and fourth as well). It was a little disturbing to read the book refute the ideas of the Elder Counsel, though, since I actually lowkey agree with their goal and agree that nobody should ever know what the bad things were like. It really made me take a good look at myself and what I consider most important both in society and myself.
Reviewed by: Baguette Mendez