I think I read this years ago, but I didn’t remember the details so I wanted to read it again. It’s an interesting and fast-paced dystopian story that examines whether it’s worth it to trade all risk for all choice. Jonas, the protagonist, clearly named after the guy who was in the belly of the whale, is suddenly confronted with real feelings when he becomes the new “Receiver of Memory” from the previous one, now called the Giver. It was quite readable and I enjoyed it. As other reviewers have pointed out there are elements in the story that don’t really make sense, but it’s certainly no more senseless in those kinds of aspects than Percy Jackson. Worth reading, and kind of touching.
I'm a Pagan and speculative fiction author, a professional blogger, and a musician. I'm proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. My politics are decidedly left and if you ask for my opinion, expect an honest answer. I am owned by a cat. I recently lost my dog, who was my boon companion, and I'm taking the loss hard. I used to work part time at a bookstore and I love to read, especially about faith, philosophy, science, and sci-fi and fantasy.