“The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community’s decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate, or terrain, all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality.” (Wikipedia)
This book was given to Brigitte by the mother of her sister’s boyfriend. Their parents probably didn’t know what the book was about. Brigitte devoured it, and recommended it to her aunt. Since I got a book gift card for my birthday, I bought the graphic novel version (as shown above), so that other family members can read it at their leisure when they come to visit. Brigitte has already reviewed it, and she gave it a thumb’s up.
Here’s a sample page:
Children need to see how things could go in the future, in order to offset any controls that may be implemented by ‘the powers that be’. The development of the human race needs their spiritual awareness.
If you want to help them, get this book for them. Be The Giver.