By: Lois Lowry
The book takes place in several different communities. An Elder governs each community. The Elders are like a mayor of a city. The Elder controls almost everything in this world. For instance, people do not get to choose what job they want. They are given their job at the “Ceremony of the Twelve’s”. This is when the people in the community turn twelve they all meet and are given jobs of what there are going to do for the rest of there lives. In this story there is no war, fear, pain, and they don’t have any choices of what they want to do. The people in this world do not see color and they also don't even know what music or death is. Also in this book everyone acts like they are happy because they don’t know what feelings are.
The Book is about a boy named Jonas who is chosen at the Ceremony of the Twelve’s to become the new Receiver. The Receiver is kind of like a historian, but in this story, because the world they live in is totally controlled by the Giver, they choose a person to hold on to the historical memories and also the intense feelings. The Receiver holds the memories of wind, war, sunshine, music, and color. This is done to be sure that the people in this world do not experience the pain that comes with having strong emotions. The Giver transfers the memories by the same way a person would read someone’s mind. While this information is getting transferred to him, he becomes very confused and doesn’t know what to do. In the end of the book he decides that he can no longer live in these communities (world). With the help of the Giver he runs away and by running away he will help the other people in the communities because the memories will leave him and will return to the people. He does this because he thinks that the people should know what all these things are like and this is the only way in which the people will realize that there is more to life. You really don’t know what happens in the end of the book...