Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Rating : 5.0/5
Number in Series : #1
Reason for Reading : Something about me challenge, Book awards reading challenge

The story is set in a society filled with rules, no real feelings and an emphasis on interdependence. Jonas is an Eleven about to become to Tweleve. Each age group recieves something new when they collectively move up a level and are all one year older. Twelve is where they recieve their Assignments (jobs) after being carefully monitored through their earlier life so a mistake is not made. Jonas is nervous about what he will be Assigned as he has no idea what he will get. Nothing called to him specifically during his voluntary work hours and he tried a lot of different things out.

At the ceremony something special happens to him that will change his life forever. A whole new world of pain, anger, love and colour are opened up to him along with different climates and the concept of hills. The community made a decision some time ago to opt for sameness and only now does Jonas realise that that took away all of their choices and freedoms in life.

A really interesting look at a utopian/dystopian society. Quite creepy in places, you know when they take about the old being "Released" that it isn't as pleasant as it sounds. Learning about the society and the different stages growing up was fascinating. For example until a certain age children have jackets that fasten at the back to learn to rely on others. Later on they get their first front fastening coat and then later one with pockets as they can now be trusted to be responsible for their own small personal items. The family unit idea and surpressing "Stirrings" was another interesting idea. I will definately be reading the next two in the series to see what happens to Jonas next...


pussreboots said...

I've read the Giver but I didn't know there were 2 books that follow. What are their titles?

Rhinoa said...

Gathering Blue and Messenger I think.

chrisa511 said...

I want to read the sequels too. I loved this one. I like the UK cover a lot! It captures the book well.

Dewey said...

Wow, you're really on a Lowry kick, aren't you? I loved this book, but I didn't know there were sequels! I will go add those to my wishlist.