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The Giver

Lowry, Lois (Book - 2006?)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Giver
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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Authors: Lowry, Lois
Statement of Responsibility: Lois Lowry
Title: The giver
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2006?], c1993
Edition: 1st Delacorte Press ed
Characteristics: 179 , 11 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Includes "A readers guide" (second pagination)
Summary: Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Subject Headings: Newbery Medal
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Adventure fiction
Topical Term: Newbery Medal
ISBN: 0385732554
9780385732550
Branch Call Number: J FIC L
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The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is set in a seemingly utopian society. Everyone within the society looks and behaves the same, due to the fact that their number one goal is to achieve “sameness,” which means exactly what it sounds like. It is only when Jonas, the main character of the novel, is given his future career, that someone finally decides to question whether their way of life is practical or not. He begins to wonder if blocking out emotion and feeling really is the best for the people, or whether they should eliminate this way of life once and for all.

The name “The Giver” comes from the wise old man Jonas must work with when he is assigned his job as The Receiver of Memory. Jonas must be the one to endure all of the pain and emotions that the rest of the community has eliminated because memories of the past cannot disappear completely. The Giver was once The Receiver of Memories, and is now in charge of passing on these emotions and memories to Jonas. When Jonas does understand the reality of how bland and boring their way of life is, he decides there is something he must do.

The Giver is the first of four in the series. Lowry has written a moving novel, one which truly keeps her audience reading. Through the use of censorship and restrictions, the novel allows readers to think for themselves, and decide whether this novel is truly a utopian or a dystopian society, depending on their personal views. This type of “interactive” experience is what really leads to how you feel about the story once you have completed it. It is truly an enjoyable experience.

Nov 02, 2014
  • eunicek rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, but the ending is undetermined in the way i see it.:)

Oct 29, 2014
  • StephFurlan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story takes place in a seemingly perfect world, one without pain and suffering, war and death, differences or choice. When children turn twelve, they are assigned a role to play for the rest of their lives in the Community. A young boy named Jonas is chosen as the next Receiver of Memory, receiving special training from the Giver who holds all the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. One memory after the next, Jonas learns the beauty of what life can be and the horrors that have been tucked away.

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Sep 29, 2014
  • RachelClapsaddle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I immensely enjoyed most of the book. I did not like the way the story "ended".

Sep 15, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this book when I was really young and didn't understand it at all, and now read it again at age 24. I found it overrated. Maybe it's because there's been a lot of dystopian fiction lately, but I don't know what the hype is about this book. It's not any better than other dystopian works I've read. I enjoyed others better, such as the Matched series by Ally Condie and 1984 by George Orwell. This book is interesting, but I don't think it's worth all of the fuss.

Aug 31, 2014
  • lifegoeessonn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i read this book during the summer and this book is really sad Jonas has to go through a lot of things

Aug 28, 2014
  • ilikespies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this book during a summer program I attended. It was my 2nd time reading this book. It was a very interesting book.

this is a good read and i'd recomend it to anyone. i recently went to watch the movie, and i thought it was really good.

The Giver is an eye opening book about family, love and fighting for what you believe in.

Jonas lives in an irregular world. A world where very year, you are told how to live your life. A world where people watch you every day to tell you what job you will live with the rest of your life. Jonas has just turned 12, and has attended his Ceremony of 12, where everyone who has turned 12 will be given their future occupations. When Jonas’ name isn’t called, he begins to panic. It isn’t until the end of the ceremony that Jonas hears his name. He has received the highest honor of his year; he will be the new receiver of memories, soon to become the giver. As Jonas is trained, he learns secrets about his world that no one has ever know, secrets that will change his life forever.

I liked this book because it was very well written, and had many hidden messages about the way that our society runs, and how one person really does have the power to make a huge difference. Some of the themes that this books takes on is young heroism, family love, figuring out who you really are and standing up for what you believe in. The title was very relevant to the story because it is about a man who gives memories to the main character. I like the title because it has a very clear meaning, but once you read the book, it could have so many more meanings. I recommend this book to any one who likes books with a strong, young main character and takes place in a future setting, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Matched. I also recommend this book to anyone aged 11 and over, and anyone who is passionate about social change and giving all people and equal chance to learn about the past.

Aug 16, 2014
  • sophaloafofbread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is perfect. A worthwhile read that really makes you reflect on your life, and gives comfort in knowing that you can't know pleasure without knowing pain.

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Oct 11, 2014
  • blue_dolphin_309 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

blue_dolphin_309 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Sep 25, 2014
  • violet_duck_150 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_duck_150 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

Sep 06, 2014
  • white_cheetah_184 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 31, 2014
  • yiyiyaya99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2014
  • Thakim1003 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thakim1003 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 13, 2014
  • Victoria913 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Victoria913 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • mauve_lion_17 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

mauve_lion_17 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

Jul 09, 2014
  • mvl79 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 31, 2014
  • yiyiyaya99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

Jul 17, 2014
  • getsoemstars rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Giver begins with Jonas who is 11 years old and lives in a community. He gets scared by the jet overflowing the community which had never happened before. But he thought he was just nervous because of the ceremony of twelves coming up. The ceremony of twelves is where over 12 kids go and choose their career.
Jonas lives with his parents and his dad is a nurturer. He brought a baby called Gabriel but Gabriel was going to be released when nobody adopts him by 2 years. Now we have to find the meaning of 'released' through reading. Once, Jonas was playing with an apple and he saw something different. The apple changed into a 'color' red and then turned back to 'no color' again. When Jonas went to the ceremony of twelves, he was excited about the job he would get chosen. But chief elder, the person who called out the names and jobs, skipped his name, and he was nervous and thought it was a mistake. As soon as he knew it wasn't a mistake, he was embarrassed. After everyone got a job, chief elder gave Jonas a very special job, 'The Giver'. He was chosen! Jonas had to get trained by the Giver before Jonas and it was very painful. Jonas finds out what releasing was and he gets really shocked. He was watching a baby getting released with the ex-Giver... The baby laid dead. The ex-Giver told Jonas about someone he loved called Rosemary. She was chosen for the Giver, too, but she couldn't do it. Because it was too painful, she asked for being released herself.
After Jonas knew what released truly meant and noticed what was going to happen to Gabriel, he plans to go to the 'ELSEWHERE' with Gabriel. The ex-Giver helped him get ready to go. Jonas got a lot of 'memories' from the ex-Giver and he leaves with Gabriel. He sees a lot of things which he didn't back in the community. Birds, animals.... But the ending is not very clean so Jonas could be dead or he could be alive. I think no one knows except the author.

Jul 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book's summary is where a memory has to be transfer to another person

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Jun 26, 2014
  • olive_dove_22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. I was very impressed with this book. It shows a lot of sci-fi and realistic fiction at the same time.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In short…this book is about a young boy who thinks this world is a lame place to hang out.

This is a great book that i very much recommend. It is about a different world that a boy lives in. He finds many secrets and gets into problems trying to save a child.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is mainly about a boy named Jonas, his sister Lily, Mother , Father, Friend Asher, Friend Fiona, And The Giver! The ceremony of 12 arrives jonas is the receiver for now then he'll become the giver by receiving memories of all types. I know that the ending of the story is hard to say what happened but what happens is that when he takes gabe the baby and run away because he doesnt want them to release him first thing in the morning. The giver helps them to run away because he agrees that he want not just one person to have the memory of the past that they dnt get or see now but to share the memories with everyone to know the past and their history. they arrive on the sled they glide down on the snow there is a light that they see at the bottom they hear singing colorful lights and trees and they knew that they were waiting for them to arrive. What at the other end is CHRISTMAS!! they probably went back around the community and when they came back its wasnt how it was before because he was in a new society. So they joined the circle of people a began singing christmas cherals with them. So that means that they did not die!!!! this is a must read the book u'll get sucked in to it :) ;)

Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE THIS BOOOK THE END IS VERY TWISTING AND DARING I ALMOST CRIED

Jul 13, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is a dystopian children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. 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 that 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 past 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 previous receiver—The "Giver"—he is confused in many ways. The Giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and lying to people of the community. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they don't know of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create major chaos. He faces a dilemma: Should he stay with the community, his family living a shallow life without love, color, choices, and knowledge, or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

Violence: This title contains violence.

Jan 16, 2014
  • timbronitskiy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

Aug 07, 2012
  • MaryBar74 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: Dark and frightening at times

Jul 25, 2011
  • TheBatman rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 09, 2011
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

Dec 28, 2008
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Jul 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Jul 04, 2013
  • navy_swan_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others." (p. 95)

Jun 26, 2013
  • Tuka Al-Hemed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”

Feb 09, 2013
  • VaderandZurgRULE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jonas had not been assigned. He has been selected.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

Aug 25, 2012
  • tt14 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

"That's it Asher you're released!

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Understandable!!

Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING

Jul 17, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"No one mentioned such things; it was not a rule, but was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals."
- Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 3

Jul 17, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure."
- Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 1

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