The Giver: My Book Review
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Publication Date: 1994
Edition: reissue, reprint
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.