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The Giver

There is no way something like that could really happen, right? That is the first thought while reading the dystopian classic, The Giver. This tiny work first came on my radar through my daughter who had to read it for 7th grade. At that time, it was celebrating its 20th anniversary in publication and a movie premiere. The novel is presented as a young adult fiction, primarily read in middle school.  It's implied future, however, affects everyone if we lose sight to those things that make us uniquely human, uniquely individual. When the novel opens, the protagonist, Jonah, is anticipating the Ceremony where each age range receives something significant to celebrate a new passage. The story is told through his experiences and his wonderings, limited as they are allowed to be, that is until he reaches the Ceremony of Twelves when the lifetime careers are given to each child. In each family unit, there is order, structure, preditability, stability. These things, elements of