What will happen to Jonas and Gabe?

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Ah - hah! For that, you will have to read Lowry's Gathering Blue, which is not exactly a sequel to The Giver but mentions both Jonas and Gabe in a different community.  Gabe is growing up and Jonas is their leader. The interesting thing about this village is that strangers (at least at first) are welcome and people with a handicap or "difference" find their rightful place.

In a third book, The Messager, the open-mindedness of the village changes, but one protagonist named Matt "fixes" things in the end.

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This sort of depends on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist.

To me, Jonas and Gabe are taking a leap of faith -- they are jumping out of the nest, they are going to have to sink or swim (nice bunch of cliches and mixed metaphors there).  They are leaving a world where everything is decided for them and they are going out to see what will happen to them in the unknown world.

In a way, you could say it's like becoming an adult.  What happens to you when you leave the protection (but also confinement) of being a kid/teen and become an adult?  It can be good or bad, right?

So I hope that Jonas and Gabe will find a way to be happy in their new world, but it's not guaranteed.  They have to learn to adjust to a new reality in which they have to make all sorts of decisions for themselves.  That can be rewarding, but also dangerous.

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