Lois Lowry’s The Giver is a thoughtful look at a fascinatingly detailed dystopian society that has eliminated past memories of any distinct emotion, in favor of a modulated and regulated civilization. This peaceful world, which is both literally and figuratively black and white, is marked by a resounding “sameness”, and has decided rituals, one of which is the Ceremony of Twelve. This significant day of maturation assigns 12-year old children their designated jobs for life, decided by their interests and strengths. Jonas, the protagonist of The Giver, is surprised to find himself given an unusual placement as the new Receiver of Memory under the tutelage of the Giver. As the Receiver of Memory, Jonas is awakened to a new world of memories, a spectrum of past vivid emotion, such as hunger, love, and searing pain, delivered telepathically to him by the Giver. With these new revelations of how the world used to be, Jonas feels increasingly resentful of the dictated conformity of his world, questioning and challenging its absolute structure. Lowry’s novel is provoking, and its gripping portrayal of a deeply flawed “utopian” society will remain engrained in one’s mind long after the last chapter is closed.