It’s a perfect world.
There’s no pain. No trouble. No unhappiness.
Everyone abides by the rules.
The families are carefully designed. The parents’ personalities complete each other and they are given two kids–one male, one female. No more. No less.
Jobs are assigned. Lives are ordered. No one is better than another. Everyone is the same.
You can’t have everything.
Like feelings or emotions. No one sees colour. Everyone thinks the same.
Everyone is the same.
Only one holds these, locked inside himself so no one will have to bear the burdens of memories, feelings, or emotions. He is the Receiver of Memory. But he is old and will need to be replaced.
Jonas will be the next Receiver of Memory. And the old one? He will be the Giver.
But the more Jonas learns about his perfect world, the more he hates it. Why should no one have choices? Why should there be no feelings or differences? Why? Things could be different.
And maybe Jonas is the one to change them.
Author: Lois Lowry
My Rating: 4 stars
This novel is beautifully written. Ideas flow with ease, words and actions fit together like a puzzle, and the style is easy to read. The author has penned a master-novel. It is a must-read, because it reminds us of what we so often wish for. What if we were all the same? The novel brings interesting questions to mind and makes you think…and wonder.
I like this book for its smooth, clear prose. For its intriguing ideas. For its simple, but deeply-moving story-line. It made me think.