The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver is a highly influential book written bu Lois Lowry. It is science fiction, with a theme of the past and connection. In a world where there are no feelings, no choice and no pain, the main character Jonas who is twelve struggles to find his place in the small community. He was "assigned" the job as Receiver of Memory. (yes, jobs were chosen) Unaware of what dark secrets lie beneath his perfect utopia of a world, he is suddenly plunged into the past, exposed to all the memories, back and back and back. Of what happenned before everything changed. Before the community changed everything to sameness. Roads had to all be flat. The only form of transport was by bike. Children were grouped by ages, as in Sevens, Sixes, and so on. All the girls has the same hairstyle. All house units were the same. Fathers and mothers and children were assigned together as a family and received the exact same number of children. Babies who were too troublesome and elders were 'released'. Which means they are killed.

Everything had to be the same to prevent discrimination. Even the love feelings of youngsters and adults had to be controlled with a pill. Weather was controlled too! The community elders who decided all this meant to do good, because without pain, everyone was safe. And without feelings, there was no sadness. The Giver transfers memories to Jonas of the past. Memories that were both happy and sad. Like a fun sled ride down a hill and starvation and war. By removing all the pain, the fun side was removed too. With the sled, theres another sinister side which Jonas also recived the memory of. Crashing on a rock, falling ten feet down, cracking your neck and lying there in the cold dying in agony. That was what Jonas had to old onto, and experience. For the community elders asked the Giver and the Reciever of Memory what mistakes happenned in the past so they could not be experienced again. So the whole isolated community was literally a totalitarian environment....
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