Oct 20, 2009

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 3 stars

Quick overview: 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 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. (from goodreads.com)

This is an adolescent novel and I enjoyed it for what it was. My book club decided this was the book we were going to read because it would be quick and easy to get us through one more meeting before the holidays. It definitely is a fast read, and I was pretty interested in the story the whole time as well.

However, I'm kind of at a loss as to how to review it. There are things I want to talk about (what I liked and disliked) but if I do I will spoil some of the book for you. And I liked the ending, but wanted to see just a little more development there - but again, I can't really go into detail about it because it would ruin the story.

I did enjoy this story and I would recommend reading it (seriously, it'll probably only take you a few hours to read), but my suggestion would be to read it with someone else, so you can talk about it afterwards. I had a lot of questions about rules of the community Jonas belonged to, and I tried to let myself just enjoy this story and let the questions just explain themselves as I went along, but my biggest question was how did this community form, how were these rules created, and that never really was addressed.

Sorry for this lame review - again, I just don't want to reveal too much about the story. Anyone else who's read it have anything to contribute? I would love to hear thoughts!

(Photo: Lochaven)


Tracie Nall said...

I read this book years ago. I remember having a lot of the same questions that you bring up. It is worth the read though.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I read "Number the Stars" by this author when I was young and loved it. I should check this out some time. Good idea for your book club to read something shorter. My girlfriend and I are starting a book club & our fist meeting is on Thursday - super excxited for that!

Janette said...

I read The Giver when I was young, but I don't remember much. I guess it's not one of those books that stayed with me. I do remember having some of the same question as you. I think I'll have to check it out again.

Nicole said...

I read The Giver in probably 6th grade. I LOVED it and have read it a couple times since then, but not recently. I think it's definitely a good book to read with people so you can discuss it.

I'm not sure, but I think the community was either an idea of what the future might be or maybe just some alternate universe. I'm going to have to re-read this book again because I barely remember the story.

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