The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think this is what would happen if you crossed democrats with communists. Okay, low blow, but there is no war, there is no single feeling entity, it's big governemnt (in a sense), it's all about community and what each and every individual must contribute to it. In some aspects it's great that everyone does contribute, but to have no choice in it is down right freaky!
***from here, there are spoilers***
You are told not to have feelings, you are told what to contribute to the community, you are told who to marry, you are assigned children upon signing up for one (they do no procreate as a married couple), everyone is equal, you do not lie or you will be "released", there is no skin color,in fact, there is NO color. There is no free will or choice, period!
I found this book to be both extremly disturbing yet highly fascinating. I was glad to see by the end of the book that someone realized that choice is what humans are really all about. I truly liked this book, it' a classic simply for the debate it brings up between lovers and haters.
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