Jonas has grown up in what appears to be a utopian world. His society knows nothing of unemployment, poverty, war, inequality or personal conflicts of any kind. This is achieved in part by strict control of the population and forbidding any behavior which falls outside the society's ideals.
Every year his society holds an annual ceremony in which the Elders assign each 12 year old a profession for life. When Jonas comes of age and takes part in this tradition he has no idea of the important direction his life is about to take. While his friends receive more routine and prosaic assignments, Jonas has a different destiny. Assigned to work with a mysterious man only known as the Giver, he discovers that he is to assume the role and responsibilities of the Receiver of Memory, the keeper of all ancient memories. As he works with his new mentor he slowly discovers the true nature of his world, secrets that shock him and profoundly change his life forever.
Controversial when first published and still inspiring debate to this day, The Giver is widely regarded as an insightful and thought-provoking work of dystopian fiction. The novel has received numerous literary awards including the prestigious 1994 Newbery Medal.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs. Download and start listening now!