The Giver by Lois Lowry

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.

The 488th 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))
  4. - The Great American Read (PBS)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Giver, Grades 4-8 Paperback 331307 $74.58 $1.61 1999
The Giver Paperback 29628 $2.99 $2.50
The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) Hardcover 1398201 $7.35 $3.79 2011
Messenger (Readers Circle) Paperback 14554 $4.45 $2.24 2006
En busca del azul. Libro II. The Giver (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 369507 $9.42 2013
Gathering Blue (Readers Circle) Mass Market Paperback 203155 $3.40 $0.01 2002
Giver, the (Lib)(CD) (CD-Audio) - Common Audio CD 1532171 $22.89 $23.54
The Giver Audio CD 215946 $13.14 $13.34 2001
The Giver Mass Market Paperback 487396 $1.99 $0.01 1999
Son Kindle Edition 3249 $9.49 2012
Son Hardcover 4476 $7.14 $6.98 2012
Son Audio CD 638287 $23.96 $23.91 2012
El mensajero. Libro III. The Giver (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 296230 $9.38 2013
The Giver (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 28563 $9.22 $8.49 2012
Giver, the (Lib)(CD) Audio CD 1430284 $23.00 $7.97 2001
The Giver Mass Market Paperback 1727688 $3.18 $0.01 1999
The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) Kindle Edition 648 $4.14 2011
The Giver Paperback 648780 $8.97 $0.01 2004
The Giver: Lois Lowry (English edition) Paperback 2391 $6.28 $6.00 2015
Messenger Kindle Edition 3493 $4.49 2004
Messenger Mass Market Paperback 4965 $4.17 $0.23 2006
Messenger Hardcover 795898 $1.88 $0.01 2004
Messenger Audio CD 852875 $15.19 $8.99 2006
Gathering Blue Kindle Edition 2207 $4.83 2000
Gathering Blue Mass Market Paperback 29387 $4.25 $0.01 2005
Gathering Blue Hardcover 62613 $4.08 $0.01 2000
Gathering Blue Paperback 420884 $3.39 $0.01 2006
Gathering Blue (Lib)(CD) Audio CD 1901018 $44.18 $218.59 2006
Son (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 469591 $21.60 $17.60 2013
The Giver (Giver Quartet) Kindle Edition 4963 1993
Giver: Novel-Ties Study Guide Paperback 1840445 $16.95 $16.42 1995
Messenger Audible Audio Edition 1066 $14.95 2004
By Lois Lowry - The Giver Quartet 20th Anniversary boxed set (20 Box Anv) (2013-11-20) [Hardcover] Hardcover 399620 $24.78 $19.17 2013
The Giver (Chinese Edition) Paperback 2200199 $602.25 2009
The Giver (English and Korean Edition) Paperback 1023722 $16.99 $10.40 2007
The Giver: With Related Readings (The Emc Masterpiece Series Access Editions) Hardcover 1126514 $10.89 $3.14
[The Giver] (By: Lois Lowry) [published: August, 2014] Paperback 993325 $13.93 $19.99 2014
Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 228776 $8.15 $3.99 2012
The Giver - Activity Pack Spiral-bound 3872051 $28.17 2004
The Giver (Newbery Medal Book) Hardcover 428947 $3.61 $0.01
Gathering Blue Hardcover 1831377 $7.36 $1.56 2012
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (Giver Quartet Book 1) Kindle Edition 373191 2019
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 33786 $22.99 2019
Messenger (The Giver Quartet) Paperback 29530 $4.68 $6.98
The Giver by Lois Lowry (2004-12-09) Mass Market Paperback 524482 $17.01 $4.42
The Giver - Il donatore (Y) (Italian Edition) Kindle Edition 346387 $9.99 2010
Gathering Blue (text only) by L. Lowry Paperback 2441969 $3.50 $2.44
The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 992261 $51.44 $1.35 2011
Messenger (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 23752 $7.24 $5.90 2012
The Worlds of Lois Lowry 3-Copy Boxed Set (The Giver, Messenger, Gathering Blue) Mass Market Paperback 845523 $39.55 $21.95 2012
Gathering Blue Paperback 1508427 $3.95 $0.01
Gathering Blue Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Hardcover 2247409 $22.98 $13.28
The Giver (Japanese Edition) Hardcover 3347277 $29.50 $24.92 2010
The Giver Quartet boxed set Hardcover 4581 $24.27 $16.00 2014
Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet) Paperback 6775 $6.98 $1.58 2013
Gathering Blue Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Hardcover 2943560 $7.43 $2.50
Messenger (Giver Quartet) Paperback 189379 $9.99 2018
Messenger Mass Market Paperback 581055 $3.20 $0.01 2009
The Giver Boxed Set: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son (The Giver Quartet) Paperback 1099506 $25.93 $33.99 2014
The Giver (Chinese and English Edition) Paperback 2694706 $20.00 $19.99 2013
Gathering Blue (Platinum Readers Circle (Center Point)) Hardcover 3953629 $15.90 $15.90 2002
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (1) (Giver Quartet) Paperback 29985 $9.28 $7.78 2020
The Giver (Newbery Medal Book) Hardcover 1181971 $5.84 $0.01 1993
Gathering Blue (text only) by L. Lowry Hardcover 4561333 $7.99 $2.50
Messenger Hardcover 2192180 $3.84 $1.92 2004
The Giver (25th Anniversary Edition): 25th Anniversary Edition (Giver Quartet) Hardcover 29165 $12.49 $8.41 2018
The Giver Paperback 70064 $3.96 $0.01 2006
The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)) Mass Market Paperback 9 $2.75 $2.65 2002
The Giver (Readers Circle (Prebound)) Hardcover 21882 $8.00 $0.01 2002
The Worlds of Lois Lowry 3 Copy Boxed Set (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger) Paperback 1184131 $27.50 $3.85 2006
The Giver Quartet 20th Anniversary boxed set Hardcover 1920361 $186.68 $37.96 2013
The Giver (1) (Giver Quartet) Paperback 761 $5.55 $0.93 1993
Son (4) (Giver Quartet) Paperback 12093 $5.00 $1.40 2014
The Giver Paperback 602990 $4.00 $0.01
Messenger (06) by Lowry, Lois [Mass Market Paperback (2006)] Paperback 6287064 $33.99
The Giver (Chinese Edition) Paperback 407140 $11.99 $24.84 2014
El dador Paperback 139185 $7.03 $4.23 1996
El Dador = The Giver (Punto de Encuentro (Editorial Everest)) (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 1917298 $15.68 $14.75 1996
Lois Lowry'sThe Giver (illustrated; gift edition) [Hardcover]2011 Hardcover 4702281 $5.34 $4.73
The Giver Mass Market Paperback 1091784 $3.95 $0.01