When the new Receiver failed, the memories that she had received were released. They didn't come back to me. They went...

I don't know, exactly. They went to the place where memories once existed before Receivers were created. Someplace out there - . . . And then the people had access to them. Apparently that's the way it was, once. Everyone had access to memories.

It was chaos... They really suffered for a while. Finally it subsided as the memories were assimilated. But it certainly made them aware of how they need a Receiver to contain all that pain. And knowledge.

The Giver, page 131, written by Lois Lowry

I don’t fear strangers though. I’ve learned more harm can come from familiar faces... I memorize the exact location then stride down the street, skirting the garbage that has spilled from a toppled bin. A shopkeeper pulls a security grate over his store front, the loud metal rattling into place. A trio of students, backpacks slung over their shoulders, jostle each other playfully as I pass them...

Jessica Farris, An Anonymous Girl, Chapter 3, written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen