** spoiler alert ** The Giver is a science fiction about a special community which has attained a very peaceful and strictly disciplined lifestyle for its citizens by enforcing rules and cutting them off from any and all randomness of life. Everything is controlled - population, feelings, freedom to choose their own job. It makes one think about what living in such a time will be like where people just don't feel anything wrong in killing (called releasing in the book) because they have never thought about releasing being bad - as it is what they have learned to expect by living in their community. We can compare this kind of feeling with our times and come up with a lot of aspects in our lives that we believe are bad today but were being practiced just a few years ago by some communities. Overall a thought provoking story. I am looking forward to read the other books in this series.