Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. designated birth-mothers produce new children, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, in unemployment, injustice…or choice.
Everyone is the same.
At the ceremony of twelve the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is out to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?
I have seen this book for many years and also heard about the movie, yet I had no clue as to the story. I never even read the back of the book before starting it. So I was quite surprised with the story. The boy Jonas is the only one in his community, aside from The Giver that can receive and give memories, see the world in color, and experience feelings.
It’s an easy read even for a children’s book. It’s short and drew me into the story of this community right away. I found myself wondering, what in the world is going on here…? The people in the community seemed to be soulless people just doing their chosen job. In a way it made me think of 1984 by George Orwell. A little on the creepy side.
The more Jonas meets with The Giver and gains his experiences, he becomes less content to sit back and go along with the plan for everyone in the community. This book raises the questions of the balance in life between freedom and security. Would you give up your greatest memories to never experience pain?
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