11 year old Jonas’s world is perfect. There is no war or fear or decisions. Everything is under control. But for Jonas everything will change. At age 12 Jonas is selected to be The Receiver of Memories. Under the instructions of the giver, Jonas learns memories of the past such as snow, hills, and color, and war. Lois Lowry crafts a satisfying novel that will please readers of all ages. Although The Giver is a rather short read, the utopian concepts make it a real page turner. The Giver’s cliffhanger ending will have everyone running to the library for the sequel. This book teaches us to be ourselves and the freedom of being yourself. Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series will especially love this book.
Reviewed by Mia H:
Jonas lives in the Community, a perfect, orderly world with no pain, fear or violence. But everything changes at his ceremony of twelve, where they get their job they do for the rest of their lives. Jonas gets assigned The Receiver of Memories, a job only assigned about every 50 years to a person most capable of enduring pain and getting the true memories of the world. He learns the true wonder and pains of life as the new Receiver.
The Giver is a book is a book for all ages, as the writing in The Giver is a fairly simple read, but still has a deep plot and plants a vivid picture in your head. Lois Lowry also subtly adds in her writing You learn more about Jonas’s world as Jonas discovers more about the outside world. The characters are believable because everybody has been singled out sometime in their life. There are important themes of making the right choices and learning the true wonder and horrors of life. More themes are learning to truly love somebody and discovering who you are as a person. This satisfying dystopian novel is a book that readers of all ages can get lost in and should not miss.
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry lives in Maine. www.loislowry.com Twitter @LoisLowryWriter
“A powerful and provocative novel”—The New York Times
“Wrought with admirable skill -- the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel.”—Kirkus, starred review
“Lowry is once again in top form raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts.”— Booklist, starred review
“The theme of balancing the values of freedom and security is beautifully presented.”— The Horn Book Magazine, starred review