Wonderful story, Dustin (as I think I already told you). I am reminded of Lois Lowry's award-winning YA clasic The Giver. There is a potential for "more", here. Even a short dystopic themed novel, that seems to be very popular again. Think about it.
Thank you, Dustin, but you are way too kind. You're idea, you wrote it, and you shaped it into the story we all read.
I will say the process you went through to get it published is an excellent case study on the work, perseverance, and effort a writer needs to do to make a pro-level sale. I gave you that long critique because I had a hunch you had something that was a hit but the story you wrote had a way to go. My critique of that first draft could be summarize as
Loved the idea, hate its execution
That early draft you sent me (as I recall) was right after you received a disappointing standard rejection, after a long 2nd round wait, from DSF. You were disappointed by my crit but you bounced back. I didn't even place the original story when you sent me the rewrite - such a transformation.
I would recommend all who wonder what they have to do to get published, read the story DSF published then ask Axe if you can read the first draft he sent me. It will help you gain a perspective on the level of commitment you need just to stand a chance .