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.
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.
I can see why many, many schools took this book off of their shelves. The community in which the main characters read is rather communist-like, as they are all 'the same.' However, read on and you found this intricately woven tale by Lois Lowry who must have an incredible imagination to right a story like this.
This is absolutely one of my favorite books. Even as an adult, I read this book at least once a year. I recommend it to anyone. It's beautifully told and imparts a message about what kind of a life is worth living.
This book is really great because it makes you think about it. A boy living in an all-perfect world, nothing is revealed, everything is completely by the rules. Jonas wants to escape this world and the disasters it secretly creates.
This book is really good! A world, where there is no trouble, and everything is absolutely perfect. A young boy named Jonas turns twelve, and is given the job as...The Receiver. A great tale about what's real, and what's not. A good book for book groups and classrooms too!