By Lois Lowry
Published January 24th 2006 by Ember
Mass Market Paperback, 179 pages
Jonas' 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.
I think that I'm probably the only one in the entire world who didn't have this as required reading in school at any point. I honestly didn't even know it existed until the movie was announced. Shameful, I know. But as soon as I heard about it, I ordered it off Amazon quickly and devoured it within an hour.
Parts of it legitimately made me rage. Parts of it made me smile.
During the ceremony of twelve's Jonas is singled out & asked if he is strong enough to be the "Receiver of Memories". This is a role that is only for one person who eventually becomes the new Giver once the current one is Released. Jonas accepts this role and is required to receive training from The Giver.
The book explains the journey that Jonas goes on through the memories that he is provided with. Living in a world where is there is no color, murder, pain (etc.) he doesn't understand why the community won't allow people to have memories of the past.
Jonas embarked on a journey of trying to get everyone memories of the past back because there are more amazing things out there.
This book was so-so for me. Therefore, I gave it 3 stars. I wish it was longer.
|3 Coffee Cup Stars|
Finished March 22, 2014