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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
298 Book Reviews
  • 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.
      • 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...
        • jalen30214
          jalen30214Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:37 am44 stars
          I connected to this book when I read about a managed community. First Jonas' sister is becoming an eight year old. Next Jonas becomes a twelve year old. Last Jonas meets the Giver towards the end. I would give this book a four star because the book shows how life would be in a managed community.
          • spykitten
            spykittenWednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:45 pm33 stars
            This was an interesting book, but it was very complicated. I didn't like it much, but others might like it.
            • chloe_coolness
              chloe_coolnessThursday, November 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm55 stars
              I like this book a lot but there's one part that I don't like, which is the part that Jonas's father killed the smaller twin and said " bye bye little." It was CREEPY
              • hunlon2021
                hunlon2021Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:44 am
                That was a very creepy event.. I wonder why they did it. Was it to cut down population?
                • spykitten
                  spykittenWednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:44 pm33 stars
                  DON'T SPOIL!!! This is a review website, not a book club!
                • ryanng1letsgopa
                  ryanng1letsgopaFriday, October 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm55 stars
                  This book has only 2 uncomfortable chapters, but they aren't detailed. The author is speaking to you at some times implicitly, or indirectly.
                  • sillylily
                    sillylilyMonday, June 24, 2019 at 6:53 am55 stars
                    This book was a really cool book! Jonas was the only person in his city to see color, He was also the only person who wanted to find the secrets that the city keeps from everyone. Read the book to find out what he finds, and who helps him along the way!
                    • celia_berry13
                      celia_berry13Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm55 stars
                      This book is so good! I suggest it to grades 4th and up. Ages 11 and up. This book is really sweet and it teaches you to stand up for what you believe in. :)
                      • watercolrwonder
                        watercolrwonderFriday, June 7, 2019 at 7:46 am55 stars
                        This is a really interesting book. It is about a town of people in the future who have taken away any diversity, and everything in the community is planned and organized, from jobs to homes to food. No one has pain, and no one has any defects. They are a society that is perfect and remembers nothing of the past. But there is one person, the Giver. He remembers all the past. Rainbows, elephants, snow. Sledding. He is the one, the keeper of all the memories these people have chosen to let go of for the sake of feeling no pain. But one must keep these memories alive, and it's someone else's turn. Jonas is chosen to be the Giver-in-training. The Giver trains Jonas. He shares these raw and real memories of a past everyone has forgotten, memories of pain, like war, or happiness, like soft grass. Jonas slowly takes on the pain of each new memory, feeling each sunburn and gun shot physically. And with each new memory Jonas receives, the Giver loses them. This story is heavy and happy and forlorn and endearing. I would highly recommend it.