By Lois Lowry
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, 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.
I was surprised at how much I did and didn't remember from reading this book back in grade school. I remembered The Giver giving Jonas the memories, especially the one about the sled. However, I didn't remember the most important part - the ending (which I loved, by the way.)
I reread it because I didn't know about the sequels until I high school, and of course then I didn't have time to read all of them. Now, there's a fourth book, so it's the perfect time to read everything.
I also noticed how similar Matched was to this book. In The Giver, they release old people, and in Matched, I remember her talking to her grandfather before he died. Jonas tries to get out, and so do the characters in Matched. There's a character in each who didn't know, and when they found out, they couldn't believe the truth. It was interesting. Did anyone else notice this?
Finally, I think this book would be a seriously cool movie. Can you imagine it all gray and blah, then finally seeing color like Jonas did? I think it would be wonderful. I wonder why I don't know of a movie for this book. Did they ever try and make one? Was there a made-for-tv movie? I must research.