Jonas lives in a world with no emotions, a world without feelings. Most choices are made for the citizens for the community. Citizens in this community are very polite; they are controlled by the elders. If you make 3 mistakes, you are released. If your body does meet the average requirements, you are released. When you reach old age, you are released. At the age of 12 Jonas is assigned a job to work as a Receiver, like the other 12-year-old kids that were assigned a job. But Jonas job is special. As Receiver, he becomes the holder of all the memories for the community. As his wisdom grows with more and more memories, Jonas is faced with a hard choice.
I really liked this book. The basic premise was very interesting. It moves pretty fast, and kept my interest. I think it is a good book for all ages.
I read this book overnight in sixth grade. It's an amazing book for young children, it's a great book for discussion. I really suggest this book for homeschooling parents teaching their children about societies.
I picked this book up to read because I had heard it is a wonderful dystopian novel. It definitely was a great, if disturbing, read. I am very pleased that I finally got around to reading it.
Jonas was born into a world were couples are perfectly matched and each are given one boy and one girl. The children are given medication starting at twelve years old that stifles any emotional urges and then are placed in work positions most appropriate to their disposition. Jonas is different though, no one can guess what work he will be placed in. Then he finds out that he will be the society's new Receiver of Memory; the one person in society who doesn't have to follow any of the rules and is responsible for the memories of humanity. The old man who give Jonas these memories is forced to revel dangerous truths about their society to Jonas, they are truths that are truly stunning.
This was a wonderful book. It was easy to read and very well set up, the whole time you suspect that things aren't quite right but when the truth is revealed it is stunning. Much of the book reminded me of Huxley's Brave New World. Jonas is an excellent character and watching him transition from one of the ignorant masses to an enlightened individual is both painful and fascinating.
This is a short book, but it packs a lot of story and that story has a truly powerful punch to it. I found my self stunned and almost in tears at parts; so while this was not necessarily an easy read, it was definitely a thought-evoking and memorable one. I zipped through it quickly and found it very hard to put down. It is hard to talk about more of the plot without giving things away; but if you find dystopians fascinating and are intrigued by humans adopting sameness for safety you will find this book wonderful.
My least favorite part of the book was the very end, which is incredibly ambiguous. As a reader you know what probably happens, but you are hoping something else actually happened.
Overall this was just an absolutely fascinating read. It is creative and engaging and impossible to put down. It does pull some things from Huxley's a Brave New World. If you like this book or are looking for other excellent young adult dystopian reads I recommend the following: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Withered by Lauren DeStefano.