The Giver is about a 12-year-old boy named Jonas who must choose between the world he has always known filled with sameness or one that is filled with emotions, including the joys andpains of life.
Jonas lives in a perfect, utopian community, where there are no choices. Everything in Jonas's world seems to fit in order. Each family has a mother, a father, and two children, one ofeach sex. The families are chosen by the Elders. No child is biologically related to their parents. The elderly, as well as the newest members of the community, are all lovingly cared for. Despite thesameness in the society, there is happiness. There is no crime, no disease, no pain, no rudeness and no unemployment. The community lives in a peaceful existence.
Every person in Jonas's community isassigned a role, or job, which he or she is suited for emotionally, physically and mentally. When Jonas turns 12, Jonas is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory. As the Receiver ofMemory, Jonas will be the one person to bear the collective memories of a society that lives only in the present.
Jonas's teacher, the present Receiver, a man named The Giver, alone holds the memories ofthe true pain and pleasure of life. Jonas's job as the Receiver is to listen to the community members' proposals and then tell them whether or not they should do it based on the lessons of history. AsJonas starts the process of his learning, the Receiver starts giving Jonas all of his memories. The Receiver does this through all of his senses. Jonas soon learns of war and hate, of snow, trees andof color. Jonas also learns of the horror all around him.
As his lessons continue, Jonas realizes that his perfect world is not so perfect. As Jonas becomes more aware that his world is not perfect,he decides to change his world.
Jonas, while being taught by the Receiver, becomes attached to a new child named Gabriel. When Gabriel's life is threatened, Jonas must decide where his loyalties...