These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Giver
Alternate Character Interpretation: The book Deconstructing Penguins applies some Fridge Logic and points out that people don't lie unless they know what they are doing is wrong. The argument escalates until "Jonas is no longer running away from a place where everyone believes the same things and he's different. He's running away from a place of terrible corruption that desperately needs him as the one person who might be able to make things better." In-story, this is explained as the reason The Giver stays, and Jonas does not. One must leave for the memories to return, and the Giver is not as hale and is more experienced with comforting people.
Anvilicious: In the third novel, Messenger, the protagonist blatantly states that the entire world, or at least the forest that surrounds his village, is really just a metaphor for the human condition.
Jonas's father killing a baby, and cheerfully saying "Bye bye, little guy!" as the body goes down a metal chute.
This scene is even worse if the reader is a twin... especially a lighter one. "It could've been me!"
Some of the memories Jonas receives qualify as this. Remember the first "bad" one?. "Oh look, it's the sled again! This can't go wrong-..oh...OH....aaaagh..." And remember, that was somebody's memory, meaning that horrible crash and mangling happened to someone.
Oh, and let's not forget the memory of dying soldiers. From Jonas's point of view, it lasted forhours.
How about that poor sap of a Pilot at the beginning? A mild navigational error led him to fly over the town as he tried to get back on course, and on schedule. Because of this, the Elders actually considered shooting him down were it not for The Giver talking them down... although in the end they still got the blood they wanted when they executed the guy for his mistake soon after he landed. Clearly they value the plane more then the pilots that fly them.
Tearjerker: What happened to Rosemary is bad enough, but when you find out that she was The Giver's daughter, and that he watched her "being released," and that HE plans on "being released" himself now that he's finished teaching Jonas, it takes on a whole new level of depressing.
The fact that Jonas's parents—and everyone else but the Giver in the book—is ignorant to the idea of love. It's so difficult to fathom— parents who don't actually love their children is a hard concept to swallow. The delivery of it was so simple too; not dramatic and heart-wrenching which made it even harder to read.
This Is Your Premise on Drugs: "Scopolamine of the soul," to quote the author. The drug has multiple uses, but what she meant is that the society depicted has numbed itself to feeling.