The Giver Author:Lois Lowry Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. — When Jonas turns twelve he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it's time for ... more »Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.« less
Written in 1993, "The Giver" is an early post-Soviet dystopian novel. As the title character stresses to Jonas, the Utopia they live in was chosen and built by the residents. It is maintained by the daily choices of those residents -- with the help of effective medicines.
The book is a few hour's read but it will give you many hours of thought into what's really essential in our culture, and what you might be willing to give up to make it better.