The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas is an 11-year old boy living in a society that is very controlling set in the future. The community he belongs to does not experience war, suffering, and hunger. There is also no color, love, sex, or music because it is the “Elders” that handle everything. Who you are supposed to marry, your children, and what they will “assign” to be your job will not give you any options or freedom.
Identity and individuality is almost non-existent here because they basically all the same. No one has really chosen to leave the area, except when they are visiting communities nearby. A person can only be “released” if an infant is sick, if someone is old, or is a rule-breaker. In other words, this place is too constricting and terrible to live in.
Since Jonas is about to turn 12, he is about to be given a profession. There is a large gathering where decisions are announced to the people. Jonas observes his friends get assigned to their jobs, but he gets skipped. After the ceremony, the Chief Elder gives an explanation that Jonas has been picked as The Receiver of Memory, which is a major thing. Jonas moves his eyes to look at the old Receiver, whose eyes are light just like Jonas. This is an essential thing; there are very few people in the community that have light eyes.
Talking about light eyes, the family of Jonas has been looking after a baby named Gabriel who also has light eyes. If the baby’s recovery lasts more than 2 years, the community is going to release him.
Since Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver, there is a list of rues he needs to follow. They inform him that discussing Receiver “training” to others is prohibited. He can lie about it and question anyone he wants regardless if it is rude or inappropriate.
Jonas begins training, consisting of receiving memories given by the old Receiver, who is now named as The Giver.
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