Lois Lowry — The Giver

I just finished reading this book by Lois Lowry. A friend of mine read it in his book group and told me that he thought that I’d enjoy it. According to Goodreads, it’s a Young Adult dystopian novel. I’ve read several books in this genre, but I wasn’t aware that the genre had a name until this week. Hooray for learning new things!

This book challenges the way we see the world. It asks us how far we’d be willing to go for peace, for sameness, for a controlled life where everyone has the same resources and opportunities and same amount of security. Would we even want that if it were an option? And at what cost?

This book is also, to a point, a coming of age novel. The main character, Jonas, grows from being a child to being a young adult in just a little over a year. His learning curve is sped up, as he struggles to come to terms with all the lessons about life that The Giver teaches him in just that short period of time.

My only disappointment with this book is where it ended. It felt like the story cut off at an unusual place. I would have liked for it to go a little bit further. I did, however, find out that there are 3 other books by Lois Lowry in this Giver series. One of the other books does, I think, pick off where this book left off.

All in all, it was a good read. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. If she had pulled the ending together a little neater, I would have given it a 4.5 or so. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre.



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