From Colorless To Color
The Giver by: Lois Lowry
Imagine what it would be like to live in a world without color. Imagine living without music or memories. Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where everything is the same and you have zero choice about anything that happens. Imagine what it would be like to not have any say in your childhood, what you wear, how your hair is, what you eat, what toys you play with, who your friends are, how often you play, work, and go to school, the career you pursue, the person the government chooses for you to marry, or the children the government gives to you. Imagine a world without choice. Now, imagine that you are the only person who can change that. Would you even if it meant leaving your family and friends behind? The Giver takes you on that journey.
Since no one has any memories from past generations they don't ever really feel anything emotionally. They don't know what it is like to be truly happy, sad, angry, or even loved.
The giver holds all the memories so the people in the community don't have to. The giver is worn out from holding all the memories from generations before his time and generations before that, back, and back, so Jonas is selected to take those memories from him. Once Jonas is takes the memories from the giver then the giver will no longer have them.
Jonas has to take all the memories, not only the good memories like sledding and christmas mornings, but also the nonpleasnt memories like war and death.
As Jonas is gaining the memories he begins to realize that he doesn't like how people don't have choices anymore. He doesn't like how the people in charge decide everything for everyone. Jonas also gets frustrated because the people of the com unity are okay with the way things are and don't understand when he tries to explain to them how things could be.
Jonas wants people to know what he knows He wants people to see color like he can instead of seeing the world in gray. He decides to change the way things work and he does this in a very surprising way.