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The Giver

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Author:  Lois Lowry

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.

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Dec 17,2016

I had to read the Giver for school and I think it is quite an interesting book about a distopian society (opposite of utopia).
Many things that happen in the book are unfair to the people living in the community and are not ideal.
The ending to this book is quite a disappointment. It leaves the reader with a thoughts like, "Oh, it finished" or, "That's it?".

I ahve just realised that this is a part of a series now and I think that it is better off as a stand-alone :(.

May 03,2015
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This is an amazing book! Lois Lowry is an excellent writer. The story starts when Jonas (the main protagonist) states that he feels scared. He begins to reconsider this, telling the reader some stories of his life. His mind wonders and then he comes to what is happening to him. His father asks who wants to tell their feeling first and Jonas explains that this is a daily ritual. Jonas's sister Lily tells her feelings first followed by his father, then his mother. Jonas takes his turn saying that he feels apprehensive about the 'Ceremony of Twelve'. We find out later that there are ceremonies that you attend each year signifying each year in your life up to your twelfth year. Jonas will be attending the 'Ceremony of Twelve' this year where he will be be given a job that he will have his entire life. The beginning of the story is portrayed beautifully and builds the story and Jonas's world, up from there. 

In Chapter 5 Jonas describes a dream he had that night as this is a morning ritual in Jonas's world. Jonas describes his dream to his parents which then give him a pill and say that he was getting his first 'Stirrings'. His parents said that if he took the pill each morning the 'Stirrings' would stop. 

The story continues and builds up the tension to the Ceremony of the Twelves, when Jonas's name isn't called. The tension continues to build when the ceremony continues and Jonas's name still isn't called. When all of the other Twelves are gone and have their jobs Jonas is welcomed to the stage. We now know that Jonas was chosen for an important job and that Jonas was given this job because he had the capability to 'see beyond'. This part of the story has lots of tension and even I started to feel sick in the stomach when Lois Lowry built up the tension.

Jonas then starts his job as the Receiver of Memory. He meets The Giver a man that gives him memories .Until this part of the story do we realise that Jonas's world is uncolored.  We realise this when Jonas says to the giver that he noticed something different about his friend, Fiona's, hair. The Giver replies telling Jonas that Fiona's hair changed colour. This changes the whole story when we realise this and gives us a view of what Jonas's world is like.

I will not review the ending (I have already given a lot away

Mar 14,2015
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Great read. A real page-turner. Really good book but the end disappointed me. What a shame. Such a good book with such a terrible ending.

Feb 03,2015

The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend...the array of dystopian books for youth is wide-ranging these days. Yet The Giver was the first which truly had an impact on me.

Unlike books such as 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale, The Giver doesn't start off by trying to frighten the reader. It begins with a society which is fairly normal from the outside, albeit with a few quirks. Yet as Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory - and learns more about the past of his society - all of this is turned upside down.

As suspense builds throughout the book, Lowry slowly reveals aspects of it which become profoundly disturbing. This is what makes it so different from other dystopian novels; this is why it remains relevant to society today. Contemporary and totalitarian societies don't necessarily appear 'evil' immediatley. If you grow up in it, you assume there is nothing wrong, until you discover more, little by little.

This book prompts you to question the world around you. I feel like it would be the most effective when read before any other dystopian books, and probably under the age of 15. Older readers who guess several of the twists beforehand, and readers who are familiar with dystopian societies, are more likely to miss its subtle complexities and its thought-provoking messages.

But that's just my opinion. I highly recommend this book, and suggest you read it for yourself to decide.

Nov 20,2014

The giver is one of the most haunting novels i have ever read. I really enjoyed he book even though the ending somewhat disapointed me especially because it is so unclear. The giver is also the first book in a series.

Jonas is the main character and his relationship with his mentor makes the book an inspiring read.

all in all The Giver is an inspiring book that makes you grateful for the everyday things that we take for granted. i recommend this book for children and young aduls over 11 years old.

Oct 04,2014

Note: this review contains mild spoilers (as in it contains some spoilers but you probably won't understand what the spoilers are referring to so it wont spoil it for you much)

I loved this book. Not only was it enjoyable to read as Jonas gradually gained those beautiful memories that we get to experience everyday but also so meaningful, important and beautiful. We seldom feel grateful for those little things in our everyday lives such as the warmth of the sun on our skin and the beautiful feeling of love between family, friends and partners. This book teaches you to appreciate that. As Jonas was seeing the memories, so was I, and I was feeling them the way Jonas would have for the first time. It was beauitful. Despite the few changes in the movie, I am still looking forward to watching it and I'm glad i read the book first. I am also looking forward to the next novels in the series! Despite the books criticism to a point where it or the author was labelled "the antichrist" - those people are crazy... - this book was just beautiful and I hope that more people can see that.


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