The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas has always been normal. He grows and learns at the same rate as the other children born in his year. He follows all the community rules. He lives peacefully with his family unit. He spends time volunteering in his community, just like all the other elevens do. But as the ceremony of twelve approaches, Jonas becomes apprehensive. He has no clue as to what job the elders will assign him to, even though he spent time volunteering in order to discover his talents and interests. When the ceremony arrives, Jonas, along with the rest of the community, is shocked. He is selected to be the next receiver of memories. From then on, through the training and memories given to him by The Giver, Jonas changes. He forms different opinions based on feelings, which are forbidden in the community – feelings such as peace, love, and pain. Jonas becomes unique in a society where sameness and comfort are the highest ideals, and therefore he does not fit in any longer. Ultimately, when he cannot bear living in the community any longer, he has to decide what to do about it.
If you are looking for a well written, science fiction, utopian book, you should read The Giver.
Reviewed by Sarah P.
Check out a trailer for the movie version of "The Giver" which is scheduled to be released in August or September. Also consider the other books in "The Giver Quartet" - Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.