If you’re not familiar with the novel, it carries themes of failed utopia, euthanasia, freedom, individuality, and the value of human life. The story is powerful and haunting, and I don’t want to give much away. Here’s a taste (neatly summarized here by Amazon):
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy.If you must know more and don’t care if you know the pivotal points (which are well worth waiting for) or ending, see Wikipedia.