In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws... THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right... The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.
Jonas lives in a perfect world: no hunger, no poverty, no war, no pain and no grief. It is not until Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory (a highly honoured job in the community) that he begins to realise that perhaps his world is not so perfect after all… I loved this book, I thought the concept on which it was based was fascinating and it drew me in straight away. Jonas, the main character, is likeable and entirely believable; the reader learns more about the life Jonas lives throughout the book as Jonas learns more about what life is like nowadays. This way you can easily sympathise and feel a connection with Jonas. It is a futuristic novel but the style is very different to most other futuristic books that I have read. The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the ending because it leaves the reader to make his/her own mind up about what happens. Although it is a very effective ending, I personally prefer more detailed endings where you discover what happens to the characters.