In The Giver, what evidence suggests that Jonas and Gabe do/don't survive the ending?

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It is important to realise how the ending of this excellent novel is completely ambivalent: Lowry seems to not want to give any clear indication either way as to whether Jonas and Gabe survive or not. Note how they are absolutely exhausted and cold, and as Jonas starts on the final sledge ride he feels himself "losing consciousness." As they go down on the sledge to "the Elsewhere that held their future and their past," the fact that Jonas had always felt this place waiting indicates that it could be a possible afterlife. Certainly the hearing of music at the...

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