The Giver by Lois Lowry

This book mainly tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a special community where there hold a ceremony for every age, with Jonas being chosen for the vital position of Giver. As time proceeds, he discovers the danger lying beneath the authorized cover story with the name “Giver.”

I thought it was really cool to read about a ceremony that commemorates age. A ceremony that gifts a special treat you weren’t allowed to have before that age. As the Giver, Jonas was able to perceive memories and view things in a different way. He was even able to lie. In the real world, we know that it’s not good to lie, but people still lie for many reasons.

Another element of the story that provoked my desire to write this review was how every family composed of two children, one boy and one girl. No exceptions. But they are not genetically related to each other and not at all related to their parents. Imagine somebody else gave birth to you, but you will leave the hug of your real mom without the aroma. Then some other couple put you in a baby bed and you fell asleep. But when you wake up, the picture of the parent’s imprints their appearance in your cherubic brain forever. It’s cool to have such a unique community, but it’s also showing it’s sharp teeth at me that contains a possibility of tearing me apart.

-April L.

The Giver by Lois Lowry is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available for download from Overdrive

2 thoughts on “The Giver by Lois Lowry

  1. This has always been one of my favourite books! I love reading dystopian stories because they articulate such interesting perceptions of what our world could be like and what that might entail. I really enjoyed the rest of this series as well. If you haven’t read them yet, you should definitely check them out!

  2. I remember reading this at an early age and not fully comprehending most of it, then reading it again several years later. The ending was one very effective cliffhanger that left me wanting for more. I don’t understand why The Giver received the most attention when the other three related books were also very interesting.

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