Back of the Book:
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or 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. There is no turning back.
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.
Format Read: ebook
The very worst thing about this book is the way it ends. We’re left not quite knowing whether Jonas makes it. Maybe he’s hallucinating? Maybe he’s not, we don’t actually know.
The very best thing about this book is the world, the details, the story! Everything! I can’t think of anything, other than the ending, that I don’t like about this book. And of course, since this is actually just the first in a trilogy (which I wasn’t aware of until a few years ago even though I had read the second book), the ending is excusable. :-D I think this was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I’m glad for that because I truly enjoy the genre.