The Giver - Lois Lowry Ok - How did I miss this book when it came out. Just about everyone I know has read it and loved it. It is a quick read!! I would recommend it for everyone. I picked it up and read it in one day. Not only is it an easy read, but I couldn't put it down. The book takes place in a Community, where everything is defined, polite, planned, etc. Nothing is left to chance. As the story progresses, you begin to understand the true nature of the Community, and the pluses and minuses of their way of life. I found the book both uplifting and sad. I am especially interested in other readers' take on the end, since I could envision two separate explanations for the conclusion. All in all, this book is very deep and tells us a lot about the human race. Wonderful - I would actually give it 4.5 stars.