The Giver (the Giver Quartet #1)
This is the second time I've read the book, and it is still really good on the re-read. I feel I remembered most of what had happened, but this time around, I was fully able to understand the world L
ois Lowry built and the lesson she was trying to convey. The book is relatively short, but it is pack full of meaning and is though-provoking. Jonah lives in a world where you are not given choices to things like your spouse, your profession, or anything remotely important. Anything that could distinguish one person from another has been eliminated and locked away by way of the Sameness. It was done in order to protect people from pain, suffering, mistakes, and disorder. No one has true memories of happiness, anger, sadness, or pain with the exception of the Receiver of Memories, who holds all memories from past generations of what life used to be like - full of color, full of love, full of choices, full of pain, and full of uncertainty. Chosen as the new Receiver, Jonah begins to learn what life used to be like, and what life could be like -- not the one he lives in now without feelings and without pleasure. With these memories, it is hard for Jonah to ignore the deficiencies and costs of the society around him. People around him follow the rules of society without ever thinking or considering if it is the best way to live. It makes Jonah question everything around him.