Review: The Giver
Published by Random House LLC on June 1, 2014
Genres: General, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
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Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
I remember this book back in sixth grade but I never read it for my class. Now that I have to read it for one of my college classes I was thinking how this book was a collegiate level book. However, that all changed as soon as I got about half way through it. After getting half way I did not care if this was a collegiate book or not, I did love all of it. I do not even know if that is correct, I was an emotional wreck.
The story follows a boy named Jonas who lives in a society where they have rules that all must follow. At every age they are given something new and at the age of twelve they are given the job that they will have for the rest of their life. For Jonas, he is about to receive a job that is given to a person with high respect. However, it is a job that comes with lots of responsibility. Jonas will have to be strong.
Jonas is a boy who starts to question things that begin to happen, but he knows that it is better to keep it to himself. When receiving his new job as a Receiver, all his questions will be answered and he will be exposed to things that he never thought to be true that has been kept hidden from him and the rest of the society. The Giver is an older person who has secrets and he will train Jonas.
I feel that this book is so great for children in middle school because it talks about the questions that children at that age usually question. I loved how the reader did not find out things until Jonas found them out. It made this book even more suspenseful and enjoyable. There have not been that many books where I do not have some clue about what could happen.
Lois Lowry is an absolute artist who has turned this read into a pure work of art. She has created a world where the reader will be immediately sucked in. I will definitely picking up the next book in the quartet.
Absolutely mind blowing!
I give this book 5 bites!