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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
I just finished the Giver a few months ago and it is my new all-time favorite book. It inspired me too look at things differently. If you have read it you know what I mean! In this world there is no trouble.It is perfect and the was the way they liked it. when a boy of 12, Jonas, is selected to be the Receiver of Memory he discovers a world of joy and a world of hurt.
"The Giver" takes place in a future where the government tries to make everyone equal. Jonas, the main character, struggles with his "assignment" because it's different from his friends' assignments and is a very highly regarded job. Together, Jonas and the Giver, his mentor, decide to overthrow this "perfect" government and Jonas embarks on a journey to release memories to the world. The ending kind of leaves you hanging, but is very satisfying. This book addresses the issues of equality in our world--for instance, feelings that this person is "prettier than me" or "smarter than me"--and leaves the reader with an important message. Highly recommended!
In The Giver, Jonas is a model citizen of the Community, a place of order and tranquility, a place free from hunger and pain; a place of Sameness. On his eleventh birthday, Jonas is given his job assignment, alongside all other Elevens in the Community: he will be the next Receiver of Memory, a mysterious and honored role held by only one person in each generation. As his job training begins, Jonas becomes aware of the sacrifices he and his fellow citizens have made in exchange for peace and predictability: the joy of sledding down a snowy hill and the comfort of coming home to a warm fire in the hearth, the relief brought by a sip of water after the agony of thirst, the love of a family. This 1994 Newbery Medal winner from Lois Lowry has been hailed by Kirkus as "a richly provocative novel" that School Library Journal promises "will stay with readers for a long time."
This is a fascinating dystopian novel which predates such series as The Hunger Games, Matched, and Divergent. In contrast to those series, The Giver emphasizes conflict between characters and psychological drama instead of focusing on action scenes.
This book is one of my favorite young adult books of all time. I've read it several times, and even as an adult, I find things that surprise me or move me in different ways. It's a great way to introduce younger readers to the concept of dystopian societies and also the ideas of individuality, the importance of memory, and even why pain is necessary in life. I've heard there are talks to make this into a movie, and I couldn't be more excited!
This incredible book may be geared towards younger students (think 5th grade), but the themes resonate with a much older crowd. I have read this book several times, and I am constantly amazing that it hasn't lost its potency. Take the hour (or so) and read it.