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At 165 pages, in my copy, I'd say this was a short story.  It's classed as a dystopian novel and has won an award.

 

It tells the story of life through the eyes of a boy who turns twelve years old in, what seems to him (and portrayed to the reader), a perfect society.  However, he is given his lifetime profession at his coming of age ceremony and since he's been chosen as the new Receiver his eyes are opened gradually to the imperfections that he wasn't aware of that run the society.  The old Receiver becomes the Giver of the title.

 

This is the first of a quartet that I bought in one volume and I look forward to reading the other three parts.  This was well written and I did not spot the twist at the end.

 

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