The Giver by Lois Lowry
As Jonas prepares to graduate from being an Eleven to a Twelve, he is anxious about what his Assignment will be. Soon he will start training for the job he will have for the rest of his life. But he is confident that the Assignment will be the right one, because everything is right in his community. Families share dreams and feelings, people follow the rules, and no one is ever hungry or bored. But when he is selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, everything he thought he knew about his community and his life begins to unravel. He can hardly believe there used to be a time when animals and colors and love were real, when people had the ability to make their own choices, even if they often made the wrong ones. Could life ever be like that again? And more importantly, should it be?
Anyone who’s read The Hunger Games, Divergent, or other dystopian novels should check out this early entry in the genre to see how it all got started. Recommended for middle school and up.
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