About the book:
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre & Age Group: Dystopian/utopian, young adult
Featuring photographic artwork from the feature film on the cover, this handsome edition of The Giver is perfect for fans of the movie and the literary classic. Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal–winning tale has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: Come on. Who doesn’t know about this book?😆
Review: I think I can honestly say that this book is very different than anything I’ve ever read! It may be dystopian, a genre that I don’t usually read, but this definitely opened a new door leading to other books like this! Hence, I absolutely loved this book, and I can also see why so many other people do as well. The story revolves around a young boy named Jonas, whose world seems perfect. When the aging ceremony happens, and Jonas and his peers turn into twelves, he is chosen to fulfill a lifelong duty of the Receiver of Memory, and he ends up learning from his trainer, the Giver, that his community is not so perfect after all. I really agree with the community’s choice of giving Jonas that job because he was very trustworthy, and people could come to him with their problems and he would be very supportive and helpful. From this book, I discovered that even though dystopia may not be my favourite genre, switching to a parallel world for a bit can actually be quite compelling and fun! I realized that sometimes I need a bit of a break from contemporary and all the dark problems that their characters face, and dystopian books like these are the perfect escape! I would recommend this to any teen looking for a popular, classic dystopian book, and it is also not too long (the copy I read was 179 pages), so there’s another reason why you need to give this one a go!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
30 Day Book Challenge:
Today’s prompt is a book that I’ve been waiting to read for a long time. I’ve been DYING to read The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart for ages! It looks like such a good story, and I hope to read it soon! I will let you know when I do!
P.S. Happy May everyone!