Author: Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: April 1993
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Jonas's 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.
Reviewed by: Jack
The Giver is such a famous dystopian novel, I was really intrigued to see why. The title itself was quite intriguing, so I was looking forward to reading it when I picked it up at the library. I have to say that it took me longer than than usual to read such a short novel, but there was something about The Giver that was special, something that left me wanting more.
I found The Giver difficult to get into at first. The world that Lois Lowry so effortlessly developed was both chilling and creepy. I adored how easy the society was to understand, and how it all seemed to fit together perfectly. But what I loved most was how eerily realistic this world seemed. Although, I do think the first half of the novel was a bit slow because the author spent so much time world-building. I do appreciate this, as I like it when the setting in a novel is really developed, though I do wish Lowry added a bit more of the story line in the first half of the novel to make The Giver more of a page-turner.
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
I though the main character, Jonas, was an interesting one. I really liked how the story was told from his point of view. He was just an innocent boy, but he was the first to rebel against this, so called ‘perfect’, society. His character grew and developed throughout the novel. I found most of the characters boring and dull, but I guess that reflects off the story line. I think there was also room for more character development in the first half of the novel. The first half was just about introducing us to this society and sometimes I thought the story was going nowhere. But I definitely did find Jonas an interesting and unique character.
I thought Lois Lowry’s writing style was simple, but effortless. Everything flowed nicely, and her writing was light, especially for a dystopian novel. Although Lowry’s style was not my favourite, it made it so easy to understand the novel and what it represented. For me, the style of writing is the most important aspect of a novel, so I’m glad The Giver ticked that box.
“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
The title, ‘The Giver’, I thought was a simple one, but intriguing. It really grabbed my attention and I wanted to read it as soon as I heard of it. I must say the same about the cover. It’s very ominous, and I like that. A perfect combination, the title and the cover. They fit together perfectly.
After the first half of The Giver, the story really kicked off. I found it gripping and exciting, not knowing where it would lead but intrigued to find out. I was filled with anticipation right up to the last few pages. The story line was quick-moving once it got going, and I was really rooting for Jonas throughout. The ending sort of shocked me, but in a good way. I didn’t think it was the perfect ending, but I loved how Lois Lowry tailed off everything. It was a thrilling idea and I cant wait to see what happens in book two of the four part series. A gripping tale.
“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”
The Giver is one of the most unique dystopian novels I’ve read. From the characters to the spine-chilling society. Dystopian novels these days are usually so heavy, so I was glad to read a refreshing dystopian novel like The Giver. Overall, I think I would read The Giver again, and I would recommend it to dystopian fans that are looking to read something a bit different. I’m glad I got to read The Giver sooner rather than later, after hearing about it. And I must mention again the special feeling I had while reading it. A special novel indeed.