The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everything is marked by Sameness, everyone is given an Assignment when they become a Twelve.
For Jonas, the looming Ceremony is nerve-wracking. What will his Assignment be?
Finally the day comes and the Assignment he is given is one he never dreamed of.
He is to be The Receiver. Now the rules have changed. He can't tell anybody what goes on during his training. He can ask any questions and expect an answer. He can even lie. But he can never, ever, request Release.
The Giver was a great book, my main fault with it being that it is much too short. The ending is bittersweet, leaving me wanting more.
Several times in the hour/hour and a half it took me to read the novella, I found myself tearing up, and I think I've gained a deeper appriciation for memories and colors, for emotions, for everything that separates the intricate, messy lives of people from the monotonous, humdrum life of an animal or, in the case of this book, people who paid the price of Sameness.
This book is also a warning, warning us what the cost of psudo-peace and safety can bring when we are willing to go so far as to let everything be regulated, everything the Same, when we give up the right to make Choices.
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