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.
Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning novel The Giver
is the quintessential dystopian tale, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering
Blue, Messenger, and Son.
Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or
fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the
community. When Jonas turns twelve he is singled out to receive special
training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain
and pleasure of life. Now it is time for Jonas to receive the truth—and there
is no turning back.
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