The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver is a 1993 soft science fiction novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a future society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian; therefore, it could be considered anti-utopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan which 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 memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the Giver, he is confused in many ways. The giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and locking his door. As Jonas receives the memories from the previous receiver—the "Giver"—he discovers how shallow his community's life has become.

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The 797th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 34th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  2. - 65th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))

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