The story of a sadomasochistic relationship between a boy and his tree. Written by...what was that? Oh, sorry. That's the Giving Tree. The Giver is based on the grandfather of YA dystopian novels by Lois Lowry and follows a society focused on the eradication of emotional depth. That sounds familiar. Nah, there is no way a modern society would mock and shame intelligence while championing ignorance. That would never happen.