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What is Perfection?,
This review is from: The Giver (Paperback)
Jonas lives in a perfect society, where everyone is well-fed and healthy and carefree and happy. But is it perfect? Jonas and the rest of his society are so controlled and subdued that they do not even question any of the decisions made by the 'elders'. There are family units but children do not live with their natural parents. Once a child reaches the age of 12 they are assigned - they are given their alloted role for the rest of their life - and start to learn their new roles. There are no emotions - there is no hunger and no pain.
When Jonas reaches the age of 12 he is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory - a mysterious position that few people know about. Jonas starts to realise that the community is not quite perfect - he starts to question some of the more difficult decisions made by the elders.
Jonas receives memories - memories of war, disease, loss - also the memories of colour, sunshine and most important of all - love. Jonas cannot share these memories with anyone else and finds it all to be a burden.
A great read that really made me think about our world - and the idea of perfection. The ending of the book is very abrupt but there are more in the series.