It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath…

Imagine a world without poverty, war or pain. A world where everything is comfortable and familiar - a world where everything is the same. No colour, no music. In such a world, Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory and is apprenticed to the Giver, an old man who stores memories from the Community’s past. As Jonas learns about violence and sadness, as well as beauty and joy, he discover the sinister truth behind his safe existence.

Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is a thought-provoking look at utopian society. It was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1994.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on March 1, 2001 by HarperCollins UK
ISBN-10: 0007111827
ISBN-13: 9780007111824
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  • sanchita123
    sanchita123Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm55 stars
    This book was pretty good. I liked it a lot becuase it was very intersting. The plot is really good and it has lots of twists and turns. I would recommend it.
    • bookqueen1o13
      bookqueen1o13Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm55 stars
      this book made me cry. in this book there is no color, no emotions, Life is do you job and come home Jonas the main character was given the chance to be the next generation Giver which means first being the receiver. this enables him to experience things like color and music. he also learns to feel all sorts of emotions like pain, suffering, loss, joy, and love. <3 once Jonas learns how messed up his world is he finds himself rearing to leave with a babyhe bonded with. what will happen next????
      • demosthenes
        demosthenesMonday, August 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm55 stars
        This was an exotic novel about individuality set far in the future. It's in world with no color or memories of the Earth's history. A boy named Jonas is chosen to be the 'Receiver' who works under the 'Giver'. Jonas is meant to slowly receive memories and understanding of feeling from the Giver. The writing was slow to start and builds up excitingly. The world Louis Lowry creates is interesting and enjoyable. A great read-if you are into this type of story.
        • ravenclawella
          ravenclawellaWednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm55 stars
          The Giver shows how different the world would be if everything was the same. Everything in Jonas's life is as simple as black and white. There is no gray areas. Then, one day, Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver and his world is forever changed. The job of Receiver allows Jonas to see color for the first time, to experience feelings for the first time, and to see the good and bad of everything life has to offer.
          • forenna
            forennaThursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm55 stars
            The Giver is about a boy named Jonas. He is about to turn 12, that is when he gets a job, role, etc. He has been doing "community service" since then. Everything is black and white. This is a plain neighborhood and everything is the same and there are very different rules then to our "world" rules. Before the ceremony, Jonas sees the color of his friends hair, but he can't describe the color. At the ceremony, he is chosen as the receiver, the most rare job, which is only chosen by someone worthy and great and etc. The old receiver then becomes the giver. Please read this book, it's the greatest book of all time! Stop reading this review and go read, read, read this book!
            • georgiasilver
              georgiasilverWednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm
              A wise, thought provoking book that captures the readers' attention with the philosophy of an unknown world, and the perspective of a young boy experiencing and living it. An all around good read for those who wish to give a book some thought, and understanding.
              • kassandrakissup
                kassandrakissupTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm55 stars
                • kgautam
                  kgautamMonday, July 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm55 stars
                  This book will make you laugh and cry. It is a great book, I loved it! it shows how perfect is not always perfect, and that we should cherish the life we are now living.
                  • lovetolearn
                    lovetolearnSunday, July 16, 2017 at 1:15 am55 stars
                    I usually don't like futuristic books, but The Giver was an exception. It showed that there was hope to escape the feelingless society that Jonas was a part of to a world filled with love, joy, pain, and color.
                    • boomzoom
                      boomzoomMonday, July 10, 2017 at 7:17 pm55 stars
                      The Giver was a fantastic, thought-provoking novel. This story is about a boy who lives in a kind of "utopia." Members of this society cannot see in color and, when they feel something, they are required to identify what it is and talk about it at the table with their families. Jonas, the main character, is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. With this, Jonas is called to experience everything from pain and suffering, to joy and prosperity. His role holds every sensation and memory of life outside of and before the beginning of the society he lives in. He soon discovers the awful truths behind the only life he has ever known and feels the need to do something about it.