By Lois Lowry Flyer created by Brianna Valeron
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.
The Giver is the current Receiver. He is the one who transmits all the memories to Jonas. If it wasn't for him, Jonas would have never tried to do something to help the community.
Gabriel, or Gabe, didn't sleep well at the hospital, so Jonas's dad let him sleep at their house. He stayed with them for a while, and one night, Jonas transmitted a memory to him. He found out that Gabe was going to be released, and he decided to take him with him on his journey.
Jonas's dad is a nurturer. He was the one who asked for Gabriel to stay with them. However, he also is the one who "releases" the babies. Meaning, the one who kills them.
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.
Why does the whole community have to be present for every single ceremony?
What memory does Jonas transmit to Gabriel?
What exactly is "sameness"?