Wanett's Reviews > The Giver
The seeming utopia Lois Lowry has created in The Giver has done away with pain and war and everything that has been deemed bad. But, as Jonas discovers when he is assigned the role of "Receiver of Memory", it has also done away with love and tenderness and art and music and the true happiness one can find in spite of the suffering. Along with these discoveries, Jonas comes to realize that the world as he knows it is false. How many times had he been lied to when he thought it was outlawed? What really happens when someone is released? These are questions that he can have answered as the next Giver but is he really prepared for the truth. When confronted with the harsh realities all citizens are shielded from, Jonas becomes distraught. The current "Receiver of Memory" who is now the "Giver", having lost one successor already, helps Jonas devise a plan that will hopefully make life a little like it used to be. This little book leaves an impact. Jonas’ tears when he watches his father “release” an infant will not soon be forgotten.
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