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The Giver (1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Series: The Giver (1)

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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (chrisharpe, afyfe)
    chrisharpe: I see I am in a minority but, although the idea behind the book is a good one, The Giver struck me as quite clumsy. A much more effective exploration of similar themes is Huxley's "Brave New World".
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    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: The Giver is much darker, but are similar in premise.
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    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Another children's book that manages both to entertain and to make you think. These are two of my favourites.
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    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (KamTonnes)
    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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    Trojanprincess: The two worlds seem similar in the way that every aspect of their livee are controlled.
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    jbarry: futuristic take on biomedical ethics and mindbendingly complicated relationships
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    chrisharpe: Similar themes, We is a lot better written.
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    wordcauldron: Similarly brain-washy story about a controlled society and how the government tries to suppress the talented people who could break it all down and bring freedom and individualism.
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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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I don't know how I made it until today before reading this book. It's on my 6th grader's summer reading list so I thought I'd read it too. OMGGGGGGGGG. I plowed through it in one afternoon. It's so good. I love how Lowry has the full importof what's happening just sneak up on you quietly. My girl is gonna BAWL reading this book, but the message is really important. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 22, 2023 |
One of my favorites. I love that it's so perfectly edited - there's nothing here that feels like filler. It's thought-provoking and imaginitive. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
Trigger warnings: Euthanasia, death of a child

9/10, I saw this book and it looked interesting to me, to be honest, I'm so glad that I read this since this is one of the few books that holds up well even to this day and I might read this soon and I'm impressed that it can do so much in such a small amount of pages; the execution is almost perfect so where do I even begin? It starts with the main character Jonas who lives in this perfect society that is just a utopia. No pain. No trouble. No struggles. No strife, well you get the idea. Everything looks flawless at first until Jonas goes to the ceremony where he is assigned a job to do for the rest of his life and he wanted a good job but instead, he got an apprenticeship to a person named The Giver, hence the title. He goes to the house of The Giver and he is this person who holds all the memories of past moments which is such a juxtaposition compared to the society he lives in now which is more flawed when I look at it now. It turns out that The Giver still holds memories of pain that the society doesn't want people to know about and toward the last pages The Giver tells Jonas to escape on a bike so he did and the author left an open ending where I wondered whether Jonas arrived safely at a nearby town or it was all a hallucination just before he died alone, I don't know. ( )
  Law_Books600 | Nov 3, 2023 |
3.25 ( )
  Moshepit20 | Oct 30, 2023 |
I reread this book after going to see the movie recently. Great book - now going to go and read the next 3 in the series. ( )
  JennyPocknall | Oct 19, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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A black and white world

One boy holds the memories

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