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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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  • deathly_hallows
    deathly_hallowsSunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:37 pm55 stars
    BEFORE I START: SPOILER ALERT ok, I honestly LOVE this book, it is so cool, i have never came across a book that talks about the utopian world, it really teaches us a good amount of information about this type of world. i did a bit of reaserch about the utopian world, aparently there are different types of utopian worlds. this book doesn't really have a villan or a hero because it ends on a cliff hanger :( but if you've seen the movie, then you can say the movie did a REALLY good job of taking the information from the book and making it into a 1hour 32min movie. Being honest though i like the movie a bit better than the book. In the book the setting is a "old" "town" if you can call it a town. but in the movie the setting is on a HUGE island in the sky-ish thing. so in conclution this book is awsome and you should read it.... WAIT let me say that last sentence again. THE GIVER IS A GREAT BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT!!!!!
    • chromatic1
      chromatic1Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:45 pm55 stars
      Very interesting a whole new perspective
      • animereina2020
        animereina2020Friday, December 25, 2020 at 5:37 pm55 stars
        This book is filled with mysteries, some you probably can't even imagine. A boy named Jonas lives in a world filled with secrets. Conformity is how this world runs, making it feel wrong to stand out, almost like being in a black and white world, which is boring. Jonas will figure out all of the secrets of the so called "Utopian World", and a book like no other.
        • blossomreader
          blossomreaderWednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:28 pm44 stars
          This book was weird and way different from the others I've read, but I really liked it. The Giver is about a boy named Jonas who is picked to be the Receiver in training. He has the skill to receive memories no one else knows but the Giver. But Jonas has trouble with what he sees and discovers, which leads him on a journey to elsewhere....
          • lovetoread26
            lovetoread26Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:47 am55 starsFeatured
            This book was amazing! Five stars, two thumbs up!!! I really enjoyed reading about The Giver universe. It is organized similarly to the Matched universe and the Delirium universe. Everyone in Jonas's community has a role. Some people are doctors, some are scientists, some are instructors, some are laborers, some are birthmothers, and some carry out the law. It is almost time for Jonas's Ceremony of Twelve, where he will find out what his Assignment is. When he receives the Assignment the Receiver of Memories, he has no idea what it is. Apparently it is the most important job in the community, and he has been watched for years to determine if he was a worthy candidate. He works with the older Receiver of Memories, or "The Giver", and discovers a terrible secret. He has to get away. The night of the next Ceremony, he runs. I hope you enjoy this book!
            • effie302
              effie302Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6:58 am
              such an interesting book, although im only on chapter 18 so..... so far its really good so maybe you guys would like it to!
              • sylvie55555
                sylvie55555Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 7:48 pm55 stars
                This book is truly inspiring and amazing. It makes me want to cry, but at the same time it is just so inspiring and makes you look at life in such a different way. Jonas lives in a world with no color, both figuratively and literally. In a world where the only memories of the past are in the mind of the one chosen to be the receiver, Jonas has to choose between what's right and what's expected.
                • hunlon2021
                  hunlon2021Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:42 am
                  exactly right! I enjoy how jonas ends up receiving color and seeing the world in its beautiful state
                • celia_berry13
                  celia_berry13Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm55 stars
                  The Giver is so good! It really got me thinking about the future of our world. I would recommend this book to people 10 and up.
                  • bsc
                    bscThursday, April 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm55 stars
                    This book was really good!
                    • watercolrwonder
                      watercolrwonderThursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:03 am55 stars
                      This has been one of my favorite books for years. It's a beautiful story in a futuristic but not-so-unbelievable world where everyone is the same and no one has any choices. The past is not remembered, except by the Giver. He holds the memories of the past for the whole town, the whole world. But his time is fading and the town will have a new Giver: Jonas. But can Jonas handle the weight of all the world?
                      • hunlon2021
                        hunlon2021Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:43 am
                        I wonder why the world hid from some of its greatest achievement...