The main character in this book is Jonas and he lives in an Utopian world. Each person is assigned a role that they will fill as an older teen and adult. The children are assigned to the parents that will raise them but those in the role of "birthers" are the ones who carry the children. Then there are "nurturers" and they take care of the children until they are old enough to be given to the parents. Not sure how I'd feel about that but I wouldn't mind the idea of not cooking the meals, they are all brought to their homes daily! At 12 when Jonas is given the role as Receiver from the Giver (the wise old man shown on the cover) he discovers some of the dark secrets in his community and makes some tough choices.
I have not read the other two books in this series, partly because I didn't realize it was a series until I looked it up on Amazon later, which is how I also figured out it was a young adult book! The other two books in the series are Gathering Blue and The Messenger. I have a bunch of Amazon credit (thanks to Swagbucks!) so I may purchase the box set and read these with my daughter since its only $17 for all three.