Saturday, 12 April 2014

Thanks for the Memories

The Giver (The Giver #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry is the first book in the series of the same name.

Jonas' 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.

The Breakdown:

1. As you well know by now, I am a huge fan of dystopian society books, and I can't believe it has taken me so long to read this book. The society the Lowry creates is frighteningly amazing. It is incredible to imagine that your whole life basically planned for you when you are 12.

2. Liked the relationship that develops between Jonas and the Giver.  It is so honest and refreshing, especially when you consider the way the rest of their society interacts with each other.

3. Liked the progression of Jonas' character as he begins to receive the memories from the Giver.  You could tell he was always a thoughtful and intelligent boy before becoming the Receiver, but after his character truly gains depth as he learns of new experiences and emotions.

4. My only complaint is that the ending felt so unfinished.  I hope that the rest of the series will rectify this, because I was definitely left wanting more from this world and Jonas' story.

To Read or Not to Read:
Must Read! (especially since the movie will be coming out soon)

Currently Reading:
Labyrinth of Stars
by Marjorie M. Liu

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