I began reading The Giver at the end of last week and love it! The novel is great, it completely puts the reader into Jonas's world. Jonas is an Eleven and about to go through the Ceremony of Twelve where he will be told what job he will have for the rest of his adult life. The story follows Jonas from a third person point of view so the reader knows how Jonas is feeling, but also what everyone is saying and thinking around him as well. This "community" or society is very different from the one we experience today. This novel reminds me a lot of Brave New World and 1984 where the reader is presented with a society of the "future." Things are different. In The Giver there is climate control, different levels of importance, jobs are assigned and rules are followed. Certain aspects of Jonas's community life are similar to ours but on a much less extreme level. It is also a very easy and enjoyable read!