Imagine living in a world where everything is the Same. There is no color. There is no weather. There are no hills. There is no sunshine, wind, or rain. The world is defined by Sameness. Everything is controlled, from when you got your first bike (age 9), to when you are assigned your role in the community (age 12). People are “released” when they are too old. If twins are born, the “runt” is “released.” Sexuality and reproduction is controlled. This is the world that Jonas lives in.
When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to become the Receiver. There is only one Receiver at a time, and the current Receiver who “trains” him becomes “The Giver.”
At the same time that Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver, his father (a Nurturer) brings home a “baby” named Gabriel who has the same light-colored eyes as Jonas. There’s something special about Gabriel, and when the decision is made to release him because of his constant fussiness at night, Jonas must decide if he is going to step in and try to save Gabriel.
Will Jonas make the decision to try to escape with Gabriel to Elsewhere? Will they start a new life there? Or perish?
The Giver, by Lois Lowry, was reviewed by Michelle Frost.
The movie version comes out August 15th. You can view a trailer here.