This is yet another story of a young hero, and boy do I love a good self-sacrifice story. This is an almost normal world wrought through with an ominous magic that blesses the people in it with amazing powers, which is how people earn their titles. It's both dark and light at the same time.
NPR's list of Best Ever Teen Novels The Giver by Lois Lowry Jonas lives in a seemingly perfect world: Everyone has an assigned role, there are no choices, and no one experiences pain. But at 12, Jonas is given his lifetime assignment and he becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community — and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.