* * * * */ Five Stars
Genre: Action, Adventure, Loss, Danger, Mystery, Suspense, Identity, Drama
In this futuristic novel by Lois Lowry, Jonas is just like any other person in his 'perfect' society; a mindless, obedient follower who has never really argued about what is happening. In fact, everyone in his society probably has never had an original thought for themselves. Also, they don't have emotion, color, or anything that would make them 'different' from everyone else. On the day of his assignment (the day where every 12-year-old gets a job in their community), he is purposely skipped over until the end. He hasn't been assigned to a job like all the other 12's; he has been selected to preform the most important task of all, to become the next 'Receiver of Memories' (the one and only person in the society that holds all the memories of a world before the societies' 'sameness'). As the Giver (what the current 'Receiver of Memories' is called) gives away his memories of love and happiness, death and war to Jonas, he is starting to become curious. Why were the things like color and love taken away? What is the real meaning of 'release'? And, what if the society was wrong?
This book is an astounding classic. I LOVED it. If you are looking for a book to dig into, this book about what it means to be 'human' will surly fall farther into your soul than you realize.