The Giver

The Giver

Book - 2011 | Gift edition.
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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition: Gift edition.
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780547424774
0547424779
9780544340688
054434068X
Branch Call Number: TEEN LOW
Teen fiction L PBK
Characteristics: 197 pages, 12 unnumbered leaves of plates :,color illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ibatoulline, Bagram

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This is probably one of the first teen novels that I ever read and it still resonates with me today. A classic dystopian, The Giver is set in a colourless futuristic society where terrible truth is about to be revealed.

This is probably one of the first teen novels that I ever read and it still resonates with me today. A classic dystopian, The Giver is set in a colourless futuristic society where terrible truth is about to be revealed.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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loonylovesgood Aug 08, 2013

A classic in every sense of the word. One of the first dystopian novels for young people. I can't wait to read the others in the series.

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LibraryKom Aug 05, 2009

Wonderful book! It was this novel that got me started into Distopian/Utopian themes. Well written.


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carolwu96
May 17, 2020

Jonas is looking forward to December, when he will be assigned a career. In a world that emphasizes uniformity and governmental control, there are no lies, no poverty, no surprises. ⁣

Except there is one for Jonas: while his friends become Nurses and Directors, he is selected to be the one and only Receiver, keeper of communal memories. As he explores the community’s obscure histories, Jonas begins to recognize a terrible truth beneath the facade of harmony. ⁣

Wow. This book really stands out even amongst dystopian novels. While Jonas’ young, ideological perspective softens its harshness, the community is shares many similarities with the worlds in other dystopian classics. ⁣

Governmental surveillance? Check out 1984. Bland, conforming happiness? Brave New World. Discouragement of critical thinking? Fahrenheit 451.⁣

The book slowly peels away layers of orderly happiness to reveal the heavy (albeit predicable) truth. It doesn’t help that Jonas is an impeccable character — courageous, strong, compassionate, everything the society seeks in a Receiver — but whose very characteristics push him towards the opposite of their hopes and imaginations and into our own hearts. ⁣

The Giver may have been written as a warning against excessive governmental control, but to me, it echoes a question that has haunted me since I read Brave New World. Both books essentially give us a choice between living with both desires and dissatisfactions versus with ignorance and happiness. Without the “happy pill,” we experience life more fully but can find it tortuous. Taking the pill deprives us of some of the human experience, but just as we see hunger and exposure as unnecessary and its elimination beneficial, how do we know where the fine line between “unnecessary pain” and “excessive control” stands? ⁣

We can denounce their world as dystopian, but for some reason, I suspect that they would see ours as just the same.

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soccerkid89
Jan 31, 2020

The book was pretty awesome. I remember back when I was in school we had to read it in english class. This book was pretty interesting to read. It was like living in a society where things are arranged for you. They decide what your occupation is going to be for the rest of your life, and which family you will be living with.

Awesome book! Interesting characters and plot! Really makes you think, is this better than the life we live right now or not. It also makes you wonder what the world would be like if our society ran like that. The dad is awesome (especially later on 😈) The Giver is amazing! As another comment stated this book keeps you interested the whole time not just in the begging or the end like other books. Highly recommended!

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V7V2A4
Aug 25, 2019

The Giver is one of the best books I've ever read. It has an engaging beginning, middle and end which isn’t very common.

The Givers’ setting is a society where there is no colour or texture and where people are blindly obedient to the city’s committee which more or less dictates the city’s policies. Jonas, the main character, is about to turn twelve, the age at which you’re told what job you will have. A few months later, Jonas learns his job is going to be The Receiver, a person whose job is to advise the committee in times of uncertainty.

The current Receiver transfers memories to Jonas by touch to give him the experience he needs to advise the committee. Jonas learns about colour and texture (among other things that we have and they don’t).

Jonas wants to run away and in the process stumbles upon a new community. Jonas arrives with scratches and bruises but can’t wait to try his new life.

The Giver is filled with suspense and ends with a cliffhanger that will get you to read the next book faster then you can read this summary.

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jonathan1972
Aug 24, 2019

I really liked reading this book. I've read one section of the book before, but it was a random section so I had no idea what the actual story was about. Now that I've finished the story, I really enjoyed it. It did end on a cliffhanger, so I need to look for the next book.

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Merhan_
Aug 04, 2019

I personally had a lot of questions after reading The Giver. I was also really disappointed about how it left on a cliffhanger. But it was really enjoyable and fun to read. It was very well written and I think it is a must-read.

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Lalloush
Jul 06, 2019

Really fun to read even though the ending was unclear and left me a bit disappointed (personal opinion)
Must read!

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Kevin598
Jun 25, 2019

I enjoyed this book mainly because it tells us what feelings are and what true pain is. My favourite part is when Asher was singled out when he said smack instead of snack.

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MustardReader
Jun 05, 2019

Awesome book! Definitely recommend reading it!!

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MarcusStroman6
May 07, 2019

Great book. Very emotional and keeps you in suspense. You may or may not like the cliffhanger at the end. However, there are more books in the series

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May 09, 2020

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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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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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yiyiyaya99
Jul 31, 2014

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

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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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