I was up for hours thinking about this. Throughout my series, my MC Tonya has to come to grips with making hard decisions in a bind. And it usually has a morally ambiguous "lesser of x evils" tone to it. But there's one decision she makes where I'm kinda split. At the end of the first book she ends up screwing basically the world... well not intently. So there's a guy, Dread, real name James Bronson, 17, her original secondary antagonist. They're both in the same internment camp for metahumans (Context: A camp where minor metahumans are trained physical and mental discipline before being forced to join the army. Created from a paranoia of their power). He's a dick to her the entire story, picking on her for her timid/fragile personality because she had the audacity to try and be friendly. He's also dating her little sister Sarah, 14. They don't find out their connection to each other til later and that doesn't change their terrible relationship and in some ways makes it worse. When they both learn Sarah, who's back in their hometown protesting for metahuman rights (a crucial plot and thematic element),was shot in the chest by a cop during a protest turned riot. Their reactions separate them further. James gets aggressive and tries to make plans to breakout while Tonya becomes more reserved and emotional. When things come to a head James is acting out his plan... it's a terrible plan. Tonya only finds him because of his loud screams in the forest stemming from him hacking off his own hand (Context: Stole a knife from cafeteria, got everyone in trouble) to remove his inhibitor bracelet. (Context: Metahuman abilities can be suppressed with a hormone that targets an area of their brain that manages their abilities. Inhibitor bracelets supply a constant amount of this hormone like a nicotine patch to keep them all in line from doing crazy things.) When she discovers James he's armed with a gun that he stole from one of the guard posts (again, that got everyone in serious trouble and security heightened) and he impulsively aims it at her thinking she's a guard and tries to fire but he forgot to steal bullets. He finally realizes it's Tonya and drops the gun and last minute tries to convince her to come along to escape and go visit and then enact some revenge for her sister she hesitates and the two of them argue long enough for one of the guards to find them both. Midway through his call for backup, James uses his scarily powerful abilities of corrosion to kill the guard by melting away half of his skull in a gruesome display. This scares Tonya even further. James tries one more time to recruit Tonya but she's paralyzed by his impulsive and remorseless behavior. James tries to leave but is stopped when a gas canister filled with the hormone gas (Context: also mixed with tear gas; it's used to wrangle in aggressive metahumans. This canister was taken from the dead guard.) explodes in front of him and impedes him, thrown by Tonya. This leads to his eventual capture and his promise to take his revenge on her and everyone. Her decision seems to haunt me. It's really a character defining moment for her. But because was she even right? Where does right even apply here? A rundown, it's clear James is kind of a monster. He's impulsive and doesn't think things through probably ever. He's also incredibly dangerous and seems to only act in his own interest. He's also 17 dating someone 14 and that person is Tonya's little sister and to put it frankly I wouldn't want him dating of my relatives. But his intentions weren't entirely bad. He wanted to see his girlfriend and try and stand up for her. But he might go about that the wrong way. Plus with the abuse and oppression of metahumans he was acting in a reactionary manner to the status quo. It was such a tossup and Tonya had a lot to consider and she acted. But was she right or wrong? The reason I'm asking is because her actions have serious consequences decades later. How would you view her actions?