Set in the future, the government has created a seemingly ideal society. They have done this by eradicating a lot of memories,and also parts of our history, that they deem harmful. Everyone is seen in black & white, to avoid any differences between people. When students finish school, the government assigns them a profession to pursue. Jonas is designated as the 'Receiver', meaning he will be the only one with access to memories, which will be shared with him by the 'Giver' (Jeff Bridges). Every part of society is overseen by the government, specifically the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep). The more Jonas learns, the more he realizes what society is missing.
A well-written story, and Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep were particularly good in their roles. I believe the story also makes a good point of the dangers of government having too much control over people's lives.
I highly recommend The Giver, especially for adults and young adults. There was no objectionable content, I'm just not sure if younger children would understand the nature of the story.