The Giver by Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver #1
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia
Length: 240 pages
Published on 1st July 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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I borrowed a copy as part of the Travelling Book Project
“I have great honor,” The Giver said. “So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power.”
Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.
Everyone is the same.
At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?
I originally didn’t want to read this book as (yikes) I really disliked the cover.
Luckily the rest of the book was much better than the cover.
The Giver is an amazing story that follows 11 year old Jonas in a society that is very controlling. There is lack of free will, daily medications to control emotions, and very strict language rules.
Jonas is nervous about becoming a 12 as this is when a job will be assigned to him and unlike his friends who’re all pretty sure they know where they’ll end up. Jonas isn’t.
He’s questioned a few things. But even more once he stars to see things.
Its this ability that lands him his job of The Giver. A role rarely given. A role rarely spoken about. In fact, the last Giver died.
As there are so many things that don’t exist in Jonas’ world until he becomes The Giver in training its an absolute delight to read about him discovering all these news things, emotions, colours, and history.
The story really gets you to question the rules that are in place in his society, it explores everything thoroughly so you’re left with very few questions, and its such a powerful read to see what a young boy with all this new knowledge must struggle with and act upon.
Honestly, everyone really needs to read this book. Its so important.
& lastly, my apologies for leaving this so long as the review is not as thorough as I would’ve liked but really if you read the book you’ll know you’ve made a right decision.
I will continue this series as I’ve since bought the full quartet, its just a matter of when at this point.