What is the book about?
A "perfect" world without disease, despair, doubt or discomfort. Everything is regimented and everyone has assigned roles. The community strives for sameness, order, and perfection.
What could possibly go wrong with such a tidy world?
All authority rests in the community's advisors. They make decisions for everyone, as no one has any personal choice in matters of life or work. There is no individuality in this world, only sameness and conformity. To protect themselves from pain, everyone must take a daily pill to suppress all memory. Isolated from "elsewhere" (the rest of the world), the community lives only in the present, without a sense of history, the past, or any continuity with the human race. As we find out, there is plenty that is wrong with such a tidy world.
Who is the protagonist?
A boy called Jonas. When he turns twelve, he is chosen by the community to receive special training from the Giver- a community elder who alone holds the memories of the pains and pleasures of life. Once Jonas takes on the role of "Receiver," he begins to understand the problems with such a "perfect" world. He now wants to change and disrupt the order.
Yes. The world created by Lois Lowry in the book is intriguing and complex. The reader is often forced to consider difficult issues. This book is not for the faint-of-heart.
The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal.