JONAS ADVERSITYJonas – An Eleven-year-old who is about to become a Twelve. He isselected to become the next Receiver of Memory in the Community. Jonas, who has pale eyes, a rarity in the Community, also has a gift, the ability to "see beyond," but he doesnt understand this gift and the tells nobody about it until he meets the Giver.
LILY ADVERSITY Lily – Jonass "sister," though they do not necessarily have the samebirth parents. Children in the Community do not ever know the identity of their true birth parents. Children are taken away from their birthmothers--another job in the community, in fact, one that Lily wants, though her "mother" discourages this--and given to the Nurturing Center for the first year or so of their lives before they are given to an adult couple. An adult couple may apply for up to two children and it can take years for the Committee of Elders to determine a suitable match by the Committee of Elders. Lily is a Seven who will become an Eight when Jonas becomes a Twelve.
JONAS CHALLENGE Jonas has a premonition that something terrible is about to happen. Unlike the other Elevens, he is apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve when he and his peers will be given the jobs they will hold for the rest of their adult lives in their immaculately-organized, tightly-run society known only as the "Community." In theCommunity, eccentricities in behavior, appearance, or personality are strongly opposed --even outlawed. However, the rules appear to be readily accepted by all, including Jonas. So it is without real protest that he initially accepts his selection as the Receiver of Memory, the keeper of all ancient memories, a job he is told will be filled with pain and the training for which will isolate him from his family and friends forever.
VICTOROn the first day of school, Victor stood in line half an hour before he came to awobbly card table. He was handed a packet of papers and a computer card on which he listed hisone elective1, French. He already spoke Spanish and English, but he thought some day he mighttravel to France, where it was cool; not like Fresno, where summer days reached 110 degrees inthe shade. There were rivers in France, and huge churches, and fair-skinned people everywhere,the way there were brown people all around Victor.
TERESATeresa, a girl he had liked since they were in catechism classes at Saint Theresa’s,was taking French, too. With any luck they would be in the same class. Teresa is going to be mygirl this year, he promised himself as he left the gym full of students in their new fall clothes.She was cute. And good in math, too, Victor thought as he walked down the hall to hishomeroom. He ran into his friend, Michael Torres, by the water fountain that never turned off.Thatvictor had a crush on.
VICTOR CHALLENGE The challenge that Victor had was talking to Teresa.He had trouble to asking Teresa out on a date. After he got her to talk to her they became friends.
ADAM (ZEBRA) Adam the kid that likes to run and run and never stop. He gets his nickname from other people that will watch him run, the reason why theycalled Zebra because the way he sticks his head out back and fourth as the wind pass him running as fast like a zebra.