The story is about a boy named Jonas. Jonas lives in a community where everything is perfect, everything is the same and no one is allowed to brake the rules imposed by the Elders. The Elders are in charge of creating all the rules and basically ruled everyone’s lives.
Jonas lives with his parents and one sister. His parents were allowed to have only two children, a boy and a girl. It was one of the many community rules that couldn’t be broken.
Every year, the community gets together to celebrate the birthdays of the children. They call it the celebration of the two’s, three’s, four’s, etc. until the age of 11. At every age the children must do the chore that was chosen for them. Also, they have to attend school and do volunteer work until they turn 12.
When they turn 12, there is a special event. It is called the Ceremony of Twelve. At this event, each child will be given a “job” which is based in each child’s personality and ability. They have no choice to pick and choose; what they choose for you it’s what you have to do. If you don’t comply, they will expel you from the community forever.
So, when that time came for Jonas, he was very excited but scared at the same time. He didn’t know what kind of job they will pick for him. Each of his friends were given the job they liked. They were been called by numbers and when Jonas number was not mentioned he became worried. Finally, at the end of the event his number was called.
The reason of why he was the last one to be called is because he was given the “special job”. The “special job” was given only to a child with certain ability that the rest didn’t have. He was chosen as the Receiver of Memory. (page 64)
Jonas was being trained by a wise older man named The Giver. The Giver gave Jonas all his memories and Jonas started to see and experienced situations like he never did before. He didn’t understand much at the beginning but little by little he learned the truth about his life and its purpose. (chapter 12-14)
At the end of the story, Jonas and The Giver came with a plan for Jonas to escape the...