In its most basic form, The Giver is the story of a small group of people who choose to live in a closed society free of pain, war and hunger. For this, they largely give up contact with the outside world, memory of past human experience, and the right of free choice. Every aspect of personal life is totally controlled by a central authority. The complexity of the book increases with every chapter, although the language employed makes it easily accessible to younger readers. A wealth of discussion topics on society, fairness, freedom, and choice await readers and teachers.
Combining this book with The Truman Show transforms an already substantial book into a large, rich compare and contrast essay/discussion project catering to both auditory, and visual, learners.