Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Review -- The Giver

The Giver  (The Giver Quartet, #1)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
My enjoyment rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hangover rating:  3
Source:  Library copy
Genre:  Young Adult
Objectionable material: None

Jonas lives in a world without choice: of family, seasons, profession, longevity. But his selection by the community of Elders as, Receiver of Memory, changes forever his perception of his parents, siblings and his life. In his training as Receiver, Jonas must gain “memory” from the Elder Receiver, who is known as the Giver. Jonas’s new memories open up a vast landscape of knowledge, joy, and sorrow that was absent from his personal experience. How can he continue to live without variety, even if it comes with pain, and maintain his position as Receiver?

Lois Lowry writes a haunting story about life without options. Of any kind.

I was especially touched by the intimate relationship she developed between the Giver and Receiver. She does a magnificent job of showing how important a student-teacher relationship is (it reminded me of Dumbledore and Harry Potter).

And the empty nature of the Jonas’s family was equally well done.

However, this was an extremely bleak novel. And as brilliantly crafted as it is, not sure I can say that I actually enjoyed it.

But – it is considered one of those novels you “must read.”

So, at least I can check it off my list.
Has anyone read the remaining in the series?


alisonwonderland said...

I've read the whole series - and I really loved it. The Giver is one of my all-time favorite books. Such books have to have changed my life or my thinking in some way - and I find The Giver so thought-provoking.

Monica said...

I've read the entire series and love all the books.