The Giver

The seventh grade has recently finished reading a wonderfully suspenseful novel called “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.  The book takes place in a place called “The Community” where sameness is the main priority.  “Sameness” is what the community believed was the right thing to do and the only way to run a community.  This, however, is extremely false.  Sameness was the last thing this community needed because everyone is the same.  They dress the same, they eat the same things, and they do pretty much the same thing everyday.  The only thing different about people was that they have different “assignments” which was their jobs, that  not to mention, they DIDN’T EVEN GET TO CHOOSE THEMSELVES.  Oh yes, maybe I forgot to mention, choice was non-existent along with emotions, figurative language, and originality.  Also, no one in the community has any memory of the past, meaning they don’t know any tragedies or happiness that has ever happened.

THEY BASICALLY TOOK AWAY THE BASIC FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE.  DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH WOULD BE MISSING FROM YOUR DAY IF THIS WERE OUR EVERYDAY LIFE?

Take a minute and be thankful we don’t live like that.  Okay, let’s continue.

But in all seriousness, that is a large part of the book.  Everything in the community revolves around being the same and not breaking the dreaded rules.  Everyone believes this is the right thing to do, even Jonas, our protagonist.  But that changes the day that Jonas is selected to be the new receiver of memory.

The receiver of memory is the one person in the community that knows the world’s history.  They have the memories of pain, joy, happiness, sorrow, and every other emotion.  They experience all the pain that has ever occurred so that no one else in the community needs to ever experience them.  Ever.  Well, that’s a grand old time for everyone in the community.

Except Jonas.

If you haven’t read the book, your probably thinking, “If no one in the community knows the history of the world, how will Jonas learn?”

Well, I will tell you.

There is one other person in the community besides Jonas that knows this forbidden information.  The previous receiver, or as Jonas calls him, the Giver.  The giver trains Jonas so that he has the memories.  After Jonas has all the memories, the giver will retire to the house of the old.  Seems simple right?

Wrong.  It doesn’t even come close to working out like that.

After receiving plenty of memories, Jonas realizes that the community isn’t right and he knows he has to change it.

This is an amazing book that I totally recommend to anyone who wants a suspenseful book that makes you seriously question reality.  I give this book 5 stars.

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—Meghan Bardy, April 16, 2015

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