The Giver. Finished 9-8-19, YA classic, 4.25/5 stars, pub. 1993
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. From bn.com
Jonas lives in a world with no violence, no poverty, no starvation, but also no passion, no color and no choices. The Elders decide what your role in the community will be. They may take your interests into consideration but the decision is theirs, not yours. Jonas, has had a few instances of something otherworldly happening to him and is assigned one of the most honored positions in the community, but it comes with a heavy price.
I loved the world building and character development in this slim book. Lowry managed to paint a stark picture and tell a cautionary tale while making it the perfect size for children. I’m excited to read this one with Gage. I admit that I didn’t care for the ending, but I understand there are two more books after this one that continue the story.
I watched the movie years ago when it came out but don’t remember much about it so I’m looking forward to watching it again now that I know the story.
This is the 1994 Newbery Medal winner and my 28th selection for the Classics Club challenge. I have until January 1, 2020 to get to 50.