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The Giver: My Book Review

Updated on March 15, 2013

Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

Publication Date: 1994

Edition: reissue, reprint

Pages: 240

Price: $6.58 (Amazon)

ISBN: 0547995660, 9780547995663

In the beginning of the book, you meet an eleven year old boy by the name of Jonas who lives in a controlled society in the future. In this futuristic society, there is no such thing as pain, hunger, war, color, sex, anger, music, or love. Everyone's life is controlled by a group of people called the "Elders" even down to who you marry, what your job is, and what child you will receive. In this society, you don't have your own individual identity and everyone is the same. In order to leave society, you must be released by either being sick and old, or breaking the rules. In order to break the rules, you would have to gain your own individual identity by practicing outside of the normal days activities by touching, feeling, and even seeing color.

Likewise, since Jonas is reaching the age of twelve; he is at the age of being assigned a job. There is a huge ceremony when any of the children reach the age of twelve, in order for them to receive their new job. These titles inlude Caretaker, Director, and even MidWife. While participating in this ceremony, Jonas realizes that he doesn't receive a job. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Jonas realizes that he was chosen as the Receiver of Memory and that he must learn from current receiver, who is an old man with light eyes such as he. In the meantime, Jonas's family has taken in a sick baby by the name of Gabriel, who will be released soon, if he doesn't get better.

In the passage above, it just a short summary of the story and what you are going to be reading. You will read about the main characters by the name of Gabriel, Jonas, and the Giver. The main characters were credible due to the detail in the book, the message of the story, and the environment that the characters were in. The main characters talked a great deal; speaking of feelings, weather, and the similarities among society. The main characters ran into problems onto what to do next and how to solve the problems of living in such a society. Overall, in the book, my favorite characters were the Giver and Jonas. I chose the both of them as my favorite characters because the Giver reminds me of an old person, who is very knowledgeable due to experiencing alot. I chose Jonas as another favorite character of mine because of his youth and his ability to learn slowly understanding why the society is the way that it is.

In this story, I would greatly relate myself to Jonas because I see myself as someone, who is still trying to find a purpose in this world. Im searching for a journey that would lead to understanding and mostly finding out the correct path to take in life. In this story, I felt a lot of how Jonas felt. He felt confused at times of not being able to understand, he felt the urge to tell others the secret even though he couldnt, and felt the urge to explore even though every one else didn't. I've felt all of these emotions because of different situations that have occured in my life.

This book helps to take you on a journey that you have never been on before. The choice of words that Lois uses throughout the book really helps the reader to visualize this futuristic society and its inhabitants. This story reels you in and doesn't let you go until the very end. Your curiousity on what is to happen next will keep you wanting and reading more.

My recommendation for this book is that it is great and that anyone should read it. I feel that some people may not understand the book though due to its small sense of dullness in the beginning and the direction that the story takes. I feel that the person that should read this book is someone that is open minded, searching for a great story to read, and someone that maintains perserverance in wanting to read a book in its entirety.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @tamarawilhite yeah i agree with you as well , thanks for your comment it is much appreciated.

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      This book is probably the best in the series. The later books just fall apart, trying to turn a dystopia into a good vs. evil plot with flat characters.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @summerberrie Im glad that you liked my review and thanks for voting up

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      A great and detailed review. Well done. Voted up and useful.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @tammy I completely agree with you its so intriguing and the ending leaves you wanting more

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      It has been many years since I have read this book. It needs to be in the cannon of literary classics. Great introduction to a classic!

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @Eiddwen thanks for commenting and giving me feedback on my review

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great review and thanks for sharing.


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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @rose Im happy that you are passing this on I appreciate that

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great review. I'm not really into this kind of reading but it still sounds interesting for those who prefer to read about the future. Passing this on.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @CarlySullens thanks for reading my review and Im glad you liked it; hopefully you do read the book.

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This book looks good. I always see it on the bookshelf for my sons reading age, 10. I never bought it, but after reading this I think I will. I think it would be one of those books we could read together, my son and me.

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      Michael Phoenix 5 years ago from Allentown, pa

      You are very welcome!

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @NightsDreams thanks for the positive feedback it is well appreciated and thanks for the compliment

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      Michael Phoenix 5 years ago from Allentown, pa

      I like your format and layout for the book review. Fairly short but well organized. Your style of writing is easy to understand.

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      Michael Phoenix 5 years ago from Allentown, pa

      I like your format and layout for the book review. Fairly short but well organized. Your style of writing is easy to understand.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @unknown spy you are more than welcome and it is a really good read

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hmmm..looks very interesting to read. Thanks for the review torri.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @carozy thanks for the positive feedback and Im glad that you feel the same as I do

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I just read this book recently and I have to recommend it also. It's an incredibly absorbing read -- I read it in one night and couldn't put it down. Thanks for sharing your opinion.


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