The Giver

The Giver

The Giver Quartet, Book 1

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1994 Newbery Medal Winner
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.


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RyanLe16
Jul 24, 2020

The Giver takes place in a futuristic society where pain, fear, war, and hatred are all gone. It is a world with no diversity as everyone looks the same, and acts very similar. Kids at the age of 12 are assigned a job and adults are assigned kids. As a whole, this entire society is too perfect. The main character, Jonas, is different from the typical person, so he is chosen to be the Receiver, a person that receives the memories of the past, no matter if they are good or bad. Jonas goes through a series of different emotions and the fate of people and society falls on his shoulders. He must make the correct decisions or else everything can go wrong.
I really enjoyed The Giver mainly due to the fact that it tells the story of the pressure that Jonas, a teenager, must go through in order to expose what the society truly is. I loved how this book was super unpredictable because the plot could have gone numerous different directions which is incredibly different from many books that I have read. One thing that I did not like, on the other hand, is how the book become a little boring at times, but as a whole, it was pretty interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to kids in elementary and middle school as it is a good read.
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usersjpl
Jul 22, 2020

Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly idealistic world: no pain, no sorrow, and no wars. However, there is also no happiness, animals, or colors. In Community, no one makes their own choices from their family to their occupation. No one has emotions except for one person: the Giver. Chosen as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas receives special training from the Giver about the pains and pleasures of life; a world before Sameness. How well will a boy, living in a utopian society, take on the memories of a life only we, the readers, experience? This is a great book to introduce the concept of society and values to children twelve years old and up. Some may argue that it is too dark and inappropriate for those younger than fifteen years old, but I’d say it is right up the alley for those in middle school. The main character is the same age as those readers, so the type of emotions he feels and actions he takes are things they can relate to. The parts that raise concern for some people, such as death and sexual feelings, are not explicitly stated. It is at a level appropriate for tweens. As one of the first books I read with a more serious message behind it, it is a book I remember well and hold dear. It is a good starting point to other works that are increasingly complicated and have deeper meanings. The Giver is a thought-provoking book with themes of utopia, dystopia, freedom, emotions, and choices. It makes one ponder the world they live in. I highly recommend it as a good read.
Star Rating: 4
Age Rating: 12+

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TheBorgQueen
Jul 21, 2020

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is a science fiction about a world in which everything is chosen for you. In this world, society runs on many rules, from being polite to apologize for interrupting. And seemingly best of all, there is no pain or fear in the society. The story follows Jonas, who is turning twelve. Everyone in the society has their jobs, life, and family chosen by the Elders. Soon, Jonas and the rest of the children his age will be told their jobs at the ceremony of the twelves. Little does Jonas know that his job will change how he views his world and life.
When I read this book, I really enjoyed it. Lowry explores the themes of traditions and customs, memories, choice and rules through this story. I think the most compelling theme is choice. The author creates a society that completely takes away all choice from the citizens. When you look at the society from the outside, it seems like an utopia. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where everything seems peaceful and happy? How could anyone refuse a place where pain and fear are no longer prevalent in our daily lives. However, under the surface, not everything is as it appears. Although it may be appealing to live in a place where everything is decided for you, The Giver explores how choices are the thing that makes life worth living. I learned how without the knowledge of the past, the choices you can’t make decisions in your life. You need the knowledge of pain and fear to live a meaningful life.

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alexqise
Jul 18, 2020

Jonas is an 11-year-old boy living in a dystopian future. In this future, there is no war and no suffering, but there are also no emotions or colors, and everything is controlled including who to marry and jobs. Jonas is at the age where he will receive his job, but to his surprise, he is given a crucial one, the Receiver of Memory. With this job, he is given special rules and receives memories from the old receiver now known as the Giver which unlocks emotions, colors, and many other things for him. Even with its very plain writing style, the Giver still has great imagery and symbolism including his brother Gabriel and the color red. As mentioned, the writing is rather plain making it pretty easy to understand, but beyond the literal meanings are deep messages which may be hard to find for some.

JCLLizW Jul 16, 2020

This is one of those books that I always meant to read but took forever to get around to...and I'm glad I finally did! Lowry does an amazing job of using details to help the reader imagine the dystopian Community and its Sameness. The Giver forces you to consider how the past impacts us and challenges the reader to think about the society they live in.

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

Oblivious to contrast and the perception of the “real world,” Jonas lives in a community based on “sameness,” the concept that everything and everyone shall be equal and the same, in order to avoid inequality and discrimination. After being chosen as “the Receiver,” Jonas receives guidance from “the Giver” to help him gain an understanding of life without sameness; animals, color, death, racism, and emotion are all different aspects of life from the memories the Giver shared with Jonas. Jonas also eventually found out that the baby his father is supposed to nurture is in danger. Driven by not only a desire to save the baby, but also a need to help others experience joy and color, Jonas aspires to escape to “Elsewhere,” where he can live a life of freedom and hope. This dystopian-themed novel not only compels readers, but it also offers a different perspective of our society. It shows how our perception of an ideal society where everything is “perfect” may not actually be perfect. This book would be a great read to dystopian-loving readers or just anybody looking for a book to read in general.

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Anika_Singh
Jul 14, 2020

Jonas is about to turn 12 years old, that’s when kids are assigned jobs by the Elders. But Jonas’ job isn’t like everyone else's. He does something special. Jonas is the receiver.

The Giver is a very philosophical and abstract book. It has a very unique plot and an interesting message. This book is not only entertaining but it leaves you thinking about it’s insightful ideas. It's great for someone who wants to explore a peculiar world with distinctive perspectives.

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reshmitham
Jul 10, 2020

This book takes place in a dystopian world that is run by order, uniformity, and predictability. Everyone’s life is written for them, and there is no color in their life, literally. Jonas, a 12-year old, is awaiting the Ceremony of Twelve coming up, where his future will be written. All his life, Jonas has been told that the Ceremony of Twelve is always right and that the elders know what’s best for them. When the day arrives, Jonas is surprised to be assigned a rare role, the Receiver of Memories, which is a role that is unique and gives more authority to Jonas. Through lessons from the previous Receiver, Jonas acquires new insight and understands that his role is not the Receiver, it is the Giver, and that it comes with so many difficulties and emotional restraint.

I love this book for so many reasons. For one, it depicts modern society very well with a dystopian setting. It’s not your regular mystery, yet makes you think and reflect on the events that happen in it. It perfectly portrays the moral sacrifices that might be made by man to get an order and prevent chaos. It is so calm, yet so disturbing, and I literally fell in love with it. I went through so many emotions while reading this book, but that’s what makes me love it so much.

There weren’t too many things I didn’t like in this book, but it does take some time for the book to get interesting. But hang on with it and don’t judge it too quickly; once the plot starts running, you won’t regret it.

Though this isn't a feel-good story with a feel-good ending, if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind mystery that will keep you questioning about present-day society, this is just the book for you.

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1993 - 4.13

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stevania_k
Jul 06, 2020

It reminds me of Pleasantville movie although they are different topics. This book is written with flow and words very pleasant to read. The topic is insightful, rather prophetic, makes you ponder. The world as it is, there has to be day and night so one could understand each and every ones as a limited being. Maybe when one becomes infinite being then there’s no need for the opposites to understand all and it’s possible for only good exists. But as it is right now, one has to choose between the two to make it good or bad with both exist. Anyway, it’s very nice to come across a book like this, impressive at the same time not too thick. I even think the end of the story is the best fit for this book.

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Jul 18, 2020

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

kyang_91 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Anika_Singh
Jul 14, 2020

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reshmitham
Jul 10, 2020

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blue_cat_21973
May 09, 2020

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Nov 26, 2019

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LUKE CHU
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May 24, 2019

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

"Precision of language!"

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DeeDeeBird
Oct 14, 2018

"Do you enjoy me?"

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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CasadyGirl
Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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derekhl
Dec 12, 2015

"The world is filled with color, the color that we have on hands, on our body. Before, there was darkness, there was a wall blocking the path of those who wanted to cross it."

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The Giver is a dystopian novel that takes place in a seemingly perfect and peaceful Community that was free of any sufferings or pain. In order to remove all differences between people in the Community, memories from the past were completely erased, along with any color, emotions, and individuality. When 12-year-old Jonas was selected as the next Receiver of Memory and given the responsibility of carrying all the memories from the past, he was exposed to the dark secrets that were hidden from the rest of the Community. While Jonas experienced some pleasant memories such as snow and birthday parties, he was also forced to experience pain and grief for the first time from memories of war, starvation, and death. Because of this, Jonas learned about the reality between the Community and the real world outside and planned to save the Community from its oblivion. The Giver is a powerful book that shows how, in an attempt to create a completely equal and safe community, they ended up with a society where the government controlled every aspect of the people’s lives and hid dark truths. Additionally, this novel tells of the dangers of a society where individuals rely completely on the government to make choices for them, rather than thinking and making decisions for themselves. My favorite part of The Giver is when Jonas started seeing and learning about different colors for the first time. Jonas slowly began to see the things and people in his Community in color, which represented the start of his ability to see beyond. This was my favorite part because Jonas was finally able to experience the positive things in life that the government tried to get rid of. -Jocelyn

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gemmag12
Mar 08, 2019

The book “The Giver” is a really interesting book I believe everyone should read. It’s about this boy named Jonas how lives in a place where a lot of older people lived throughout the novel he start remembering all these memories from the past soon then he was given the job to be The Receiver and in which later is known as The Giver. Throughout the story it shows how he feels from being able to remember stuff from the past.

I would rate this is a 10/10 it is really interesting it shows a lot of emotional appeal and the author makes the reader think about because once you think about what the author is say your mind is just blow her writing is so phenomenal.

I would recommend this book to most 6-8 graders because it is a challenging book but very fun to interpret because it is more like a scientific mystery book fun to read but you have to understand what the book is about.

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rsagarin
Jun 12, 2017

Jonas lives in a community that revolves around the concept of "sameness". From a lack of opportunity to form his own opinions, Jonas has come to believe that this is the ideal way of life. When he is assigned the role of receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve, everything changes. He has access to memories of a time before sameness. He begins to question what really is ideal and distances himself from those around him to a point where he can no longer function in the community and believes he needs to find a far away place not often talked about known as elsewhere.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.

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LandJ
Jun 04, 2016

This book is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a society strictly controlled by the elders. Every one follows rules and nobody knows about their past. Eventually, kids will be given jobs were they will stick with for their whole life. Jonas is special and gets a job where he is given memories of the past.
-LandJ

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

This novel takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that is characterized by Sameness. Although hunger and conflict are inexistent, so are emotions and freedom. When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, the Giver (the previous Receiver of Memory) transmits memories of life prior to Sameness to him. As his experiences allow him to see all his friends and family are missing, Jonas becomes increasingly isolated when he is no longer satisfied with his life in the community.

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Cade2016
Jul 14, 2015

This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

This book is about a world where there is no color but when Jonas realizes something different by throwing a apple a new adventure begins.

janellejordan Jun 02, 2015

When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

This is a story of a young man named Jonas who is selected for a special assignment, replacing the Receiver. The Receiver is the person in the community that holds all the memories of the past. He is called upon when the council needs his advise on what to do in certain situations. The story is of how Jonas reacts to receiving these memories.

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Dragonrat703
Jul 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator

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YewandeO
Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Emotional, violent, or frightening memories.

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.

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timbronitskiy
Jan 16, 2014

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

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phuong_nguyen00
Jul 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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