In Lois Lowry's old masterpiece, The Giver, there is a society called "Sameness". I know. Boring. There, everybody is a slave to routine, including Jonas, the main character. At first, we don't really know anything about this society by the way it looks or functions, yet. If this were a movie, and there's going to be one soon, you'd already know about these differences in Sameness because the filmmakers would have nothing to hide it from. Here, people may leave someone, or hurt someone, or even kill someone because it's requested, with no emotion inside and out. If the person you loved the most was executed, would you WANT to feel the pain? Would you ant to grieve? Or would you save the tears and simply move on? The answer to this question is obvious to even Jonas until he is coincidentally picked to be the new "Receiver" of the world.
Now, this paragraph is GOING to spoil it a bit. Jonas meets an elder he calls "The Giver". He then starts transferring memories of real pain and pleasure, the colour red for instance. Yep. The whole world is like a 1920s photograph. He sees the bright sun and birds with wings. Yep. It's like everyone's in a wide mall with several lights and no skylight. After Jonas sees all this, the world all of a sudden seems phoney and not the way things would be better off like. Even a game of ball mixes up with Jonas' feelings and nobody really knows why he's being like this, let alone wants to help him, except The Giver.
I liked this book so much because of how many surprises come. The drama is real and heartbreaking, but it won't make you mad, it'll help you think and appreciate books in general more. In the end, Jonas wants to leave and start a new life of his own, somehow. Someplace with snow, real trees, and beauty. There isn't a sequel to this story, just an end that feels accepting and lets us dream of what the rest of his life, short or long, will be like, and many readers, especially me, will forever remember and appreciate the thought this book provides, of leaving the fence and into the dreamworld.