“Lowry is once again in top form raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.”



Welcome to the dystopian world created by the author where everything is black and white with shades of gray and the residents enjoy a life of sameness.

I thought it was well written, deeply disturbing and a thought provoking read.

The protagonist of the story is Jonas and his idyllic life ends when he is chosen as the “Receiver” who is the one person different from everyone else since he is the keeper of all memories.

The present receiver becomes the “Giver” and transfers those memories to Jonas. As he becomes more aware of what the past was like and how much more there was to life…being different, knowing emotions and what a true family was he is not satisfied with life as he knew it but wants to go to the elsewhere.

It is an excellent story and well worth reading for all ages.


Reviewed by:

Diana Long

Added 16th January 2018

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