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The Giver
Lois Lowry

A dystopian, social science fiction novel about the importance of memory, individualism and identity construction. 12 year-old Jonas lives in a society where the ruling force is ‘Sameness’. A life without colours, pain or past. Everyone is assigned their job at the age of twelve. No uncertainty, no problems. The only person who safekeeps the memories from a time before ‘Sameness’ is the Reciever of Memories. When Jonas is assigned this job, he has a hard time adjusting to this role and an even harder time deciphering what the truth about the society he has grown up in is.

· · 1993

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Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. 180 pp., ISBN 9780395645666

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