The Giver by Lois Lowry


In a world of Sameness, a young man who can see colors is chosen to be the Receiver and bear all emotion and memory for his community. As he trains, he begins to see the monstrousness of a world without feeling.

I missed this one growing up, even though I devoured Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series. It’s a hypnotic tale that I read in a single sitting, drawn in by Lowry’s simple storytelling and deft use of imagery. Learning that Jonas’s warm family knew nothing of love–in word or in deed–was horrifying and powerful. Lowry is a beautiful writer and this book well deserves the praise it’s been given.

The Giver


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