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The giver by Lois Lowry

July 19, 2014
By LegendKeeper DIAMOND, Unadilla, New York
LegendKeeper DIAMOND, Unadilla, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"What is impossible with man is possible with God." Luke 18:27

"'s true that it has been this way for what seems forever. But the memories tell us that it has not always been. People felt things once..."

But as far as Jonas knows, people seldom do feel anymore.
Emotions seem fake. There is no such thing as love. There is no such thing as pain or suffering. Unless you are chosen to become a receiver of memory.

Set in a futuristic economy, this is a story of what happens when humanity tries to make things perfect. When families are assigned members. When your entire future is planned, from birth to release.
When man tries to play God.

Jonas' perfect world flipped just before the ceremony of twelve. Things started to seem...different.
And now they'll never be the same.

Good stuff:
This book brought to my attention how much we take for granted. Color, feelings, freedom, love. In the end, Jonas risks to save someone completely unrelated to him (who is not a love interest). Jonas stops his friends from playing an inappropriate war game. The giver apologizes for giving bad memories, but points out the importance of them.

The bad stuff:
There are a couple scenes mentioning nudity (though lightly), and in a dream Jonas wants to bathe his love interest (she won't let him, and is completely clothed).
There are mentions of a suicide and a child drowning.
A baby is killed, and there are mentions of others dying in the same way, or intended to die.
I still can't figure out how Jonas magically receives memories.

Over all, a quick read, but full of power and emotion, that will stay with one for a lifetime.
Are you ready to give, or receive?

The author's comments:
No copyright infringement intended with the quote. I just thought it worked.

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