The Giver



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. (Summary and book cover courtesy of

Winner of the 1994 Newbery Award


In honor of the movie version just being released, I re-read this book on vacation.  Though I read it for the first time many years ago, it is still just as touching and relevant.  In many ways I consider this the “original” dystopian novel, but it certainly is not as harsh as some of the recent examples such as “Divergent”, “Hunger Games” etc.

“The Giver” is so intriguing because a culture of protection permeates our daily lives.  Children are protected from any possible harm and adults from anticipated fears.  Our culture has become uncomfortable with uncertainty.  This book provides a poignant commentary on what it means to truly live your life and the overall human experience.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who Should Read It? Everyone should give this one a shot!