Mini-Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Friday September 19, 2014 at 3:00 am |

thegiver-llPublisher: Dell Laurel-Leaf
Published: January 24, 2006
Copyright: 1993
Pages: 179
Form: Paperback
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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.

My Thoughts

After reading The Giver by Lois Lowry I finally get where the inspiration for many of the dystopian novels out today comes from.  The circumstances, community, and life created and depicted by Lowry in this book is genuine and authentic.  I loved Jonas.  His eagerness, and willingness to be helpful, and his compassion for other people was refreshing to see in the midst of a world where everyone and their lives are so very much cookie cutter like and extremely dictated and organized.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Now, while I really loved and appreciated this story, I was left with more questions than answers which rendered the ending completely unsatisfactory for me.  Some questions are:

  • Why were the children with light or different colored eyes the only ones with the ability to ‘see beyond’?
  • If Rosemary was The Giver’s true daughter, does that mean Jonas was his true son as well?
  • Did Jonas and Gabriel have a good life when they reached their destination?
  • How did the people receive them?  Was it with open arms or suspicion?
  • How come Elsewhere has not been subjected to everything the people and place Jonas comes from has?  How have they avoided the sameness?

Despite all my questions, I did genuinely like the book and think it is an excellent example of dystopian and a good starting place for middle schoolers or readers new to the genre.

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2 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry”

  1. I saw this movie. I wanted to read the book first but just couldn’t wait at all. The one thing I didn’t get in the movie was…if having everyone the same, why didn’t they all look the same? Same hair and eye color? I thought they hinted that Jonas was his son and the baby was his brother. But who is The Giver having sex with? Just wondering. Great review and I am so glad your back.

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