The Giver (Giver #1) by Lois Lowry
Release Date: April 26, 1993
Publisher: HMH For Young Readers
Received: Bought Used
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.
It’s rare that such a short book catches my imagination the way this one did. I’m a fan of the big book, 500 pages or more. I love nothing more than curling up with an intimidating tome and zipping right through it. I makes me feel accomplished in a way that I never get from smaller books. Still, The Giver was written in such a way that it felt much more massive than the size of the book would indicate.
One minor problem that I had with this book is that it’s very unbelievable that Jonas is 12 years old. No twelve year old talks like he does, thinks like he does, or would do the things that he does. It’s much more believable that he would be 15 or older. There’s a very big difference between how a twelve year old behaves and how an older teenager would.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I’m eager to see the movie. I’m a bit worried that they’ll screw it up but it should be worth seeing regardless. I hope. I’m hoping to get my paws on the other books in this quartet soon.
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