It is set in an alternate version of reality that is very easy to relate to at first, but as the book progresses it becomes evident that the setting could not be more different from actual reality. The world where Jonas ( the main character) lives is perfect. There are no wars , no hunger , no fear but at the same time there are no emotions , no bonds , no real attachment. It is a world of black , white and shades of grey both figuratively and literally.
I liked that it is told from the perspective of a young boy and I like how it shows how learning the truth gradually changed the boys mind about what a ''perfect'' world is or should be. I like how Jason's evolving feelings are communicated to the leader. I liked the ending of the book I thought it was both sad and hopeful.