What is a short summary of "The Giver?"?


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"The Giver" by Lois Lowry is based in a society in the future and written from the point-of-view of Jonas, who is an 11-year-old child. The world Jonas lives in is free from hatred, war, ear and pain and is a Utopian society where everyone is polite, choice is eliminated, and everyone looks and acts like one another. Marriage is based on compatibility and children are assigned to parents.

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In "The Giver," Jonas father is assigned the job of nurturing new children and his mother works in the justice department. Jonas is nervous about the Ceremony of Twelve to be held on his twelfth birthday, since he looks different than the other people in his society and has special powers that let him change things when he looks at them.

During the ceremony, he is assigned the job of keeping the community's memory. Jonas works with an old man to receive the community's memories. He is known as the Giver, and he has memories of the world before it experienced "Sameness." Receiving the memories changes Jonas way of looking at life, and he is set aback when he finds out about "release," which is a lethal injection for old people and the ill. He and the Giver decide to run away to Elsewhere outside their community, escaping with a baby that was scheduled for "release." At the end, after weeks of travel, the trio reaches the outside world.

The true fate of "The Giver" characters is revealed in the next book in the series, "The Messenger."

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