The Giver, by Lois Lowry (1993)Read about another book on the list.
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a society free of pain and suffering. The seeming utopia has converted to Sameness in order to protect its people—there’s no crime, hunger, poverty, or memory of the past. “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual.” But it’s also a life without love, music, and color. Jonas, like everyone else in his community, is assigned a job at age 12 by the Elders. And Jonas is chosen for the most important and difficult job of all: Receiver of Memory. The Giver teaches him the truth about his community’s dystopian, mind-controlling reality. Together, Jonas and the Giver come up with a plan for Jonas’s escape, which would restore memories to everyone in the community. Despite being published more than 20 years ago, Lowry’s provocative book remains a timeless classic.
The Giver made John Corey Whaley's top ten list of coming of age books for teens, Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick's list of thirteen top, occasionally-banned YA novels, Guy Lodge's list of ten of the best dystopias in fiction, film, art, and television, Joel Cunningham's list of six great young adult book series for fans of The Hunger Games, and Lauren Davis's top ten list of science fiction’s most depressing futuristic retirement scenarios.
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