Rating: 5 stars
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.
I have seen this book everytime I swing by my local bookstores and I always pick it up, look at it and then put it back to the shelf. I always think to myself that the book wasn’t for me because it seemed so old and like a classic, but a lot of my friends seem to enjoy this one. So before the movie comes out, I figured why not give it a shot.
Jonas, the main character, is an eleven year-old boy living in a perfect society. Everything is in order and people aren’t really presented with a lot of choices because the committee decides almost everything for the whole community.
I found the ceremonies particularly interesting because people are given and presented with different things that can serve as their identifications. For instance, the Nines are given their own bikes which may serve as a sign of independence. Also, the Twelves being given their role in the Society. I think, somehow this reflects to our society nowadays, having people be grouped together based on their age groups.
I also liked the idea of The Giver and The Receiver. It gives a sense of passing on wisdom to the next generation, only here it’s almost everything has been passed to The Receiver. I liked the twists and turns of the story. It’s very compelling.
Honestly, I am so happy I have finally read this book. It’s really amazing how such story was fit in less than 200 pages. I loved the concept of the story. I was in awe and was imagining how such community will function nowadays. I’m so glad this book is being used as a required read in the American Education System. I hope one day it’s going to be used here in the country because there are a lot of things that you can learn from this book
About the Author
Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.