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@ChristineA After what they have been through, how could they be the same? Everything they have ever know is either destroyed or missing. When you go through an experience like that you do not stay the same, you retreat deep inside yourself to find comfort and start to not care what happens around you.
@Anastatia He mentioned them in the book because without them he would not have been able to survive. If they had not given them food he would have died of starvation a long time ago If that kind villager had not helped heal their feet they could have gotten infected or at least permanently damaged.
@Ellie I think the captured boys are forced to kill their loved ones because once they do they start to think that a normal life has nothing to offer them. It makes them think that even if they do manage to escape there will be nothing for them to escape to and with the mark of the rebels on their body everyone will know what they have done and as the book said either kill them or cast them out of society.
@alliecat I strongly believe that the boys suffer from PTSD because as the book said the boys could not think about their families because it would bring back to many memories which would only make them sad and mournful.
At this point in their journey, what do you think drives the boys to keep going in search of safety and their families that they don't even know are alive? Why don't they just find a village that will accept them and start a new life free from the danger of the war?