Here, we have a young boy who has lived in a perfect, and perfectly proscribed, world all his life. Anything that might cause discomfort or excitement has been carefully regulated and relegated to the status of "inappropriate." Colors, textures, emotions, desires, all have been tamped down and bridled. Only The Giver is allowed to experience them. Only The Giver knows what the world lacks.

And on his cohort's 12th naming day, Jonas finds out that he has been chosen.

Lowry's exploration of newly discovered curiosity, and the conviction that is paired with it, is both thrilling and heart-breaking. And the end, with all it's unanswered questions and possible interpretations… it fits. Because when all you know is possibility, the ending simply cannot be certain.