The Giver (21st Century Reference) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1996
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"The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking." New York Times
“Lowry is once again in top form – raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."
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As we learn more and more about the society in which Jonas lives it because increasingly dark and troubling more and more of a dystopia rather than a utopia.
As this is a book for young adults the language is simple and the book itself is reactively short. This does not mean that the book itself is either simply of lightweight. It ask profound question about our own society and indeed all societies. I would highly recommend it to any Young adult, maybe over the age of thirteen as some of the ideas raised I would also say that any adult reader would probably find lots in it to make them think. And it is certainly an engaging read.
I found Jonas' voice utterly realistic though out that the subtle way in which he starts to see the word differently is beautifully conveyed.
1. I instantly connected with Jonah and found him likeable. His situation as the Receiver of Memory made him unique, and he stood out over the other characters (though that is to be expected of a protagonist).
2. The concept of "Sameness" was so unique, and not something I've seen before. The way it affected society was fascinating, though I do feel like some parts could have been taken further in relation to some of the side characters.
3. Some interesting themes, particularly the stuff about language generalisations and how Jonah considered the words he was using. Definitely a reminder not to generalise the words you're using!
4. Overall it was definitely entertaining, but if I think back, I'm not sure if it "wowed" me as much as I was hoping. I just expected something more - I don't know what it is, but I didn't find a magical spark with this and I'm not sure if all parts of it are as memorable as other dystopia books I've read, though it was a good book.
I've rated 'The Giver' five stars because it is clearly a child's book; I would rate at 4 stars if it was marketed at adults and that is because I felt their was SO MUCH potential to expand on the science fiction elements within the novel but I do appreciate these elements can be difficult for children comprehend. I recognise that fantasy, rather than science fiction, is more appropriate for the readership and know I would have LOVED this book if I'd found in young teenage years.
The ending also seemed rushed; Jonas's realisation of the horrors in his flawed world, the climatic point in the story arc, is closely followed by an ending. I would have enjoyed a more deliberated denouement I suppose. Nevertheless, I did still enjoy this book. There is plenty to recommend it and I cannot say it didn't keep me engaged because it did. Throughout I enjoyed being immersed in Jonas's world and learning about its structures and rules; I also felt for the central character, Jonas's, as the narrative unfolded the ending of childhood. For me 'The Giver' was a particularly poignant tale about the loss of innocence.
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