Setting: An “ideal” community without conflict, poverty, hunger, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality.
First Sentence: “It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.”
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
Random Thoughts: The Giver is a thought-provoking and wonderfully written novel with a very interesting premise. Is it okay to limit individual choice to prevent people from making bad decisions? Can there be any real pleasure without pain?
Favorite scene: When Jonas is given the memory of the color red.
Most haunting scene: When Jonas is given the memory of the elephants. That one made me want to cry.
Rating: A+ (highly recommended)Also reviewed by:
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