Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Books (April 1993)
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his Utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. (From Goodreads.com)
The Giver is one of my favorite novels of all time. I first read this when I was in primary school and can remember sitting on the couch, utterly and completely immobile aside from the turning of each page.
I was lucky enough to purchase the entire Quartet from Readers Warehouse for R129. So now I have the opportunity to read the other books in the series. I suggest you take advantage of this special, as it is also available on their website.
The Giver is, for me, one of the most original novels I have ever experienced. Jonas' journey as he discovers the true nature of the "peaceful" community he grew up in makes for a gripping read.
The story is simply but succinctly told and it is a very quick read, less than 200 pages. Lowry has a way of teeling the story that every detail is easily imagined. I just wish I understood why the community existed in the first place! Is it an experiment with outside "creators" watching over the inhabitants?
Jonas makes mention of a plane that flies overhead. So there must be other life outside of this place. I really hope these questions get dealt with at a later stage in the series.
This is the one book your 12-14 year olds should read. So many questions regarding what is right and wrong are raised and it even makes for great reading for older teens and adults.
I see this is going to be a movie! And is in the pre-production phase with Jeff Bridges already listed as part of the cast. Yay!