I picked this up in a second hand book shop ages ago and only just got round to reading it! I was quite a quick read for me but I’d heard so many good things about it, and the film, so ai thought I’d give it a go and it definitely lived up to it’s reviews.
Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:
About The Book
In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws…
It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders.
Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems.
It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right…
The Giver is a young adult dystopian fiction novel set in a world where you are put into families as children instead of being born into one, given a job instead of choosing one, and having your wholelife dictated by the government. When they skip Jonas in the Ceremony of 12, where he is to be given his role in chosen by the Committee of Elders, he panics, until at last he finds out he will be the next Receiver of Memory. The events are unpredictable, as is usually thr case when entering a dystopian world in a novel, and the ending was climactic and at the same time slighly confusing, which I guess is why it extends further into more books. The plot was fast paced, constantly making me want to find out about this world being laid out in the book, and was written very logically with a lot of thought going into the new world creation.
The named characters were fairly thin on the ground to give the reader focus on Jonas on The Giver. I thought that the Giver was an interesting character for all of the knowledge he held and the concept behind why he exists in the first place. Despite the charcaters existing in this made up world, the main characters did feel quite real in the way that they were written.
The story definitely kept me guessing because a lot of concepts were left in the dark until the very end. My favourite part of the book was when Jonas and The Giver have their first meeting, as a lot is revealed about the world they live in and why The Giver has his job. I think these scenes werebwritten particularly well, because I imagine it can be difficult to portray the transferral of memory, by Lowry did this very well. The book did strike up some emotion in me, especially finding out about Release from the community.
All in all, The Giver was a very well thought about book, with interesting concepts which would interest any fans of The Hunger Games or Divergent series’. I would definitely recommend this is a good, interesting, quick read for lovers of dystopian young adult fiction.
My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5
Where To Buy
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