Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
Life is pleasant in the Community. Everyone in is taken care of; people treat each other with kindness; there is no poverty or war or pain, other than minor childhood injuries that are quickly treated. At the age of 12, Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory for the community. He will be trained by the Giver and receive all the memories for the community, an important position that carries with it much prestige. But with the memories, Jonas learns about things he never suspected existed, things like beauty, love, and choices. Jonas begins to see the truth of his community, and finds that choice is never an easy thing.
A captivating story in the tradition classic science fiction - what appears at first to be a utopia turns out to have a darker side. As we discover the truth along with Jonas, we feel the intense joy and pain of his newfound knowledge. It's hard to put this book down!
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