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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 April 1, 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0395645662
ISBN-13: 9780395645666
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  • HappyTuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:32 pm
    It is the best πŸ’―
    • heavytoothpaste
      heavytoothpasteThursday, January 31, 2019 at 9:43 pm55 stars
      The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his Life Assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
      • zingisme213
        zingisme213Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8:23 am44 stars
        Run-Down This book is basically about a boy named Jonas, and he’s picked to be the Receiver, and he’s works under this guy named The Giver (hence the name of the book). The Giver gives him memories about things that were forgotten by everyone, such as color, snow, rain, and many different things that may seem normal to us, but the Giver explains how now no-one can see color because long ago, some people decided that they wanted to all go to Sameness. Jonas meets a baby secretly named Gabe, and when he discovers that Gabe will be put down if he doesn't act, he decides to run away.
        • peterconlow
          peterconlowMonday, August 27, 2018 at 9:52 am55 stars
          OK, let's get this out of the way, this book may be one of the best books ever made. It has a storyline and lore that can make me cry sometimes. this is a must read for anyone.
          • anonymous1080
            anonymous1080Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm55 stars
            This book is amazing! I love how it shows major world problems currently in a hidden way to show that this world would be "perfect." It shows rebellious spirit in a good way. Jonas is different because he would like to see more than just what shows on the surface.
            • esquay
              esquayFriday, June 22, 2018 at 4:48 pm44 stars
              This book is a futuristic parallel world where the lines between good and evil are indecipherable. A must read for everyone.
              • camkayekitten
                camkayekittenFriday, June 22, 2018 at 10:57 am55 starsFeatured
                I had a wonderful time reading this series. When I read The Giver, there was a mix of many emotions going through me. Hope. Sadness. Joy. Pity. Wonder. Want. And when I read Son (the last book) The emotions were even stronger, I couldn't image being 14 and having to go through all that. I would definitely recommend.
                • armcginn
                  armcginnFriday, June 22, 2018 at 9:18 am55 stars
                  This book is an AMAZING all-time must read! I highly recommend it to grades 5 and up, this heartfelt book shows what it is like to discover love, family, and diversity, some times all it takes is a few memories from the giver to turn jonas's world upside down and inside out!
                  • snibborj
                    snibborjSaturday, May 26, 2018 at 12:01 am55 stars
                    I highly recommend this book and series! So intense and interesting. The society is completely taken over by the government. Jonas thinks all is normal until he meets the giver. He is given memories and knowledge of the world before the government controlled everything. He learns it is not so lerfect after all and plans to escape. Such a good book.
                    • bookstory13
                      bookstory13Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm55 stars
                      I'll be honest-in the beginning I expected this book to be trash. BUT....we we reading it in school do I didn't quit reading it. It turned out to be really good! The Giver teaches us about what would happen if the government controlled our society-like completely controlled it. What would happen if we could't make choices. What happened if they chose when we were born, the job we could have, even who we marry! But then again, no one is hungry. Everyone has a job. And sudden deaths rarely happen. Jonas sees this as a perfect community...until he is selected as a giver. That changes it all.