The Giver by Lois Lowry (Review)


“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.”

It is the future. There is no war, hunger or pain. There is a sameness. Jonas lives in the community and it his Twelve ceremony is just around the corner, and this is where Jonas will be assigned a career for his future. Jonas, however, is selected to be Receiver of Memory. In his training Jonas discovers that the community is not as perfect as it seems. They are missing something. Memories and Feelings.

I had very high expectations of The Giver after everything that I have heard about it, especially as there is a movie being made. It wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be but it was rather good. I loved the concept of the dystopia society, or utopia. I also enjoyed Jonas character, and his character development after he stared his training. He was intelligent, resourceful and very brave. The Giver was also an interesting character, but I don’t know, I felt like I didn’t actually know much about him, or his past. Perhaps that’s because he didn’t have much of a past outside of his role as Receiver of Memory. I still enjoyed the father/son relationship between The Giver and Jonas I would have liked to have seen more of other characters, but Jonas’ routine was strict with the rules, from school to his training to his home. He had little socialising with his friends. This shows how controlling the Elders were, especially with the rules the community had to abide by and how void of feelings, such as love that they all were.

If you want a good dystopia then I do highly suggest that you give this a go.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆


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