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David Strorm is a hero because:
1. He discovers Sophie's mutation and keeps it secret from his father, the ruling hegemony. He also keeps secret the fact that he's been communicating telepathically with his cousin, Rosalind. David only reveals Sophie's secret to his father after being severely beaten.
2. David, Rosalind, and Petra have the courage to flee everything they've known and escape to the dangerous fringes. They are pursued by David's father and his troops.
3. David is a hero because he tries to protect those he cares about and those who are weaker than himself. He tries to shelter and protect both Petra and Sophie, but it is ironically Sophie who hides and protects David near the end of the novel.
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