The Giver is set in a dystopian society where no one knows the history of the society except for a select few that are assigned to be the receiver of memories. Young Jonas is selected to be the receiver for his generation. He trains with the current receiver, where he uncovers the secrets of his society and the world.
This was a very enjoyable and though provoking read for me. Lowry does a great job of world building. I quickly felt like I was a part of the society, and she gave great detail to help imagine what life would be like living there. I also love how the author developed Jonas, and used the Giver as a mentor to help develop Jonas. I was captivated by each and every interaction between Jonas and the Giver, as each moment between them felt so raw and so real Jonas starts out as a young timid boy, but quickly has to mature and adapt with his new unique assignment. All of the scenes involving memories and color were especially well written and beautifully crafted to leave the reader wanting more. The only thing that upset me was that I wish we could have gotten more time with some of the other characters, like Jonas’s parents and friends. But other than that, I thought it was an amazing read and would recommend to any dystopian lovers.