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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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The Giver (1993)

by Lois Lowry, Lois Lowry

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Series: The Giver Quartet (1)

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    KamTonnes: Uglies and The Giver both portray societies that limit conflict by having very specific rules, roles, and expectations for everyone. Also, in both stories, the main characters slowly start to question the values of their respective communities.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking dystopian novels, 12-year-old boys learn from inspirational figures about the true nature of their repressive societies: Jonas, from the elderly Giver; Luke, from another hidden -- albeit, more privileged and knowledgeable -- "third child."… (more)
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The people in this world live in a bland place, with no color.Everyone sees black-and-white.Everyone in this bland world is assigned a job. Also, everyone is assigned a family, or a living unit. There is a guy named Jonas. Jonas, is the main character of the story.A giver sees all memories. A giver also, sees color, and feels things.

Jonas, tries to share is experiences with other, like his friends. All new givers do, share with others. Jonas is in some trouble, and has a plan yo leave. Jonas, then meets a baby named Gabriel, who is a younger giver. Gabriel is sent away to be killed, and Jonas goes to save him.Then, Gabriel and Jonas escape. Finally, the book ends with Jonas seeing the house and the edge of the cliff.
  Emmac.B1 | Mar 22, 2015 |
I love this book because although it was written in 1997, some of its predictive elements about society have come to life in our society today. How people are organized and programed by their society, how they do not question the systems in place, how there are so many things that we look past without questioning. The book has awesome literary elements, it has great flow and just the right about of suspense to keep any reader engaged.
  loross | Mar 11, 2015 |
Read for Science Fiction/Fantasy discussion.
  noah23 | Mar 9, 2015 |
Reading for pleasure
  julieabc | Mar 8, 2015 |
This is a fascinating book. The world that the author has created is so unique and interesting. I actually got bored after the first chapter or so, and put it aside, thinking it was just stupid. But then, a friend who had read the book explained some of it to me, and after that, I just had to finish it.

Sure enough, after a few chapters, the world blossomed, and I found myself glued to the pages. It's the story of a world where everything is bland. It's literally in black and white. Nothing exciting ever happens, because their society is designed that way.

But then, our hero Jonas suddenly starts to see color. Oh wow, color. How amazing. Of course it's not amazing to me, but to him, it's unbelievable. Because since birth, everything he's seen has been black and white.

Then, the sorting begins, as it does in every other goddamn young adult book. In this case, they're not sorted into factions, per se. They're sorted into jobs. Jonas happens to get chosen to be the Receiver, which is a very rare opportunity, indeed.

The Receiver is given the memories of the before time, before this society came to be. Back when there was color, and snow, and love. He is introduced to The Giver, who is to give him these memories.

This book moved me, and I really don't know why. When The Giver tells Jonas, "You can call me, The Giver," I literally cried. I can't remember the last time a book made me feel that much emotion.

Since Jonas is a rebel, like all other heroes in every goddamn young adult book, he decides that the world must know about these amazing memories. The world has to see color, and know what it's like to love.

Jonas kidnaps a baby, who was scheduled for termination, because he wasn't as perfect as the other babies. Then, Jonas escapes the society, to the outer limits of its boundaries, because for some fucked up reason, if the boundary is breached, the society will get back all their memories of the before time, and see color, and love and all that happy horseshit.

None of this makes any fucking sense. How would suddenly passing a fence actually change everyone's brains? From what I could tell, the society's brains are modified with medication, that limits their eyesight, and their emotions. So, I just don't get how some magical fence would make any change to that.

The only explanation is that it's magic. But of course, as they say, technology is magic, to those who have never seen, or experienced it. I mean, show a smartphone to some fucker who lives in the jungle, and I'm sure they would think it's magic. So, maybe it's just some strange technology that I don't understand.

Or maybe it's just the author going, "Because I said so! Okay? I don't have time to explain this shit." Because, that's really what I think it is. The author just got lazy.

That being said, it's still an amazing book. I would highly recommend it. The world building is just plain fascinating, and the characters are so real, they made me fucking cry. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
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Despite occasional logical lapses, "The Giver," a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading. And thinking.
added by Aerrin99 | editNew York Times, Karen Ray (Oct 31, 1993)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lowry, Loismain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness- and promised answers- he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he had no way of knowing if the answer he received were true.
We really have to protect people from wrong choices.
But everyone would be burdened and pained. They don't want that. And that's the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me-- and you--to lift that burden from themselves.
Jonas did not want to go back. He didn't want the memories, didn't want the honor, didn't want the wisdom, didn't want the pain. He wanted his childhood again, his scraped knees and ball games.
Sometimes I wish they'd ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don't want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen.
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This book is about Jonah who is trying to figure out what memories are since he is the receiver and the giver is giving them to him. The story takes place in post-apocalyptic world (I'm assuming). Jonah has to come to terms with release and the very culture that he exists in. There is a trilogy for this series, and I'm excited to read them. This book can be used for character, theme, and other story elements in a class.
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A black and white world

One boy holds the memories

Of colorful past

(Sundancer)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440237688, Mass Market Paperback)

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:11 -0400)

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Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasure. Now it's time for Jonas to receiver the truth.

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