The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I simply loved this book. I picked it up to read in honor of Banned Books Week, and I'm glad I did.
Jonas lives in a quasi-Utopian society where everything is strictly laid out for them. From birth to death, the people follow the rules, or are "released". When the children turn twelve, they are placed in their job, and Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memories, a rare and honored position in the society. As the Receiver, he uncovers things that he didn't know, and did not want to know, about his life and the lives of those around him. He and the former Receiver (now the Giver) are left with their singular knowledge of life and are faced with the hard choices that come with the knowledge of both good and evil.
Definitely not an uplifting book, but one that will stay with you afterwards.
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