Genre: YA Fantacy
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I first read The Giver by Lois Lowry about twenty years ago, when my children were young. With the advent of the movie, I decided to reread the book. I would label the story a fantasy more than a facts-of-life book dealing about family, values, and emotions and feelings.
Jonas, a soon to be twelve-year-old awaits a ceremony in which he and others his age received their adult jobs. We learn about his family and a futuristic society where people are conditioned for sameness. At the ritual, Jonas discovers he is to become The Giver. As the giver-in-training, he is The Receiver, receiving memories from the aging Giver. As part of the training process, Jonas discoveries that his family and society are not perfect, and that he cannot live in it any longer. The Giver plans to help Jonas leave the drab Utopian life by giving him memories that will help him escape into a better world. But things go wrong, and Jonas departs before getting all the necessary memories. Does he survive?
I found the book more depressing than inspirational, leaving the reader with lots of questions.