The Giver

By Lois Lowry Flyer created by Brianna Valeron

Summary

The Giver is about a boy who lives in a special community in the future. In this community, everything is controlled: where you will work, who you marry, even the time you go to sleep. However, when Jonas gets assigned as the new Receiver of memories, he discovers that there's more to this dull community. With a wise man named The Giver, Jonas makes a plan to bring back everything the community lost.
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Jonas

Jonas is the main character of this novel. Ever since the beginning, he knew he was special; everyone did. He saw things that others couldn't, like color. They call it "seeing beyond". Jonas had no idea he was capable of this, he thought it was all in his head. However, this caught the attention of The Giver. Jonas was then chosen as the next Receiver of memories, and they warned him that this came with pain. Later, he discovered what it meant.

The Giver transmitted many memories to him, like snow, family and warmth. However, he also transmitted memories of war, and a memory of falling off a snowboard. Over time, Jonas learned a lot. He learned about the history of the community, about sameness, and the definition of being released. He thought that what they were doing was wrong, and he wanted to do something about it; and he actually did.

Other Characters

For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.

Questions

Why does the whole community have to be present for every single ceremony?

What memory does Jonas transmit to Gabriel?

What exactly is "sameness"?

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I honestly really liked this book. I like how descriptive it was, and how it took everything step by step. I had seen the previews for the movie that recently came out, and it never really interested me, and after reading this, it changed my mind. However, I really dislike the ending. The author left it too open. Yes, its okay to leave the reader hanging a bit so they can read the rest of the books in the series, but it was a little too much.