Saturday, May 23, 2015

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry Makes One Grateful

I heard quite a bit about The Giver by Lois Lowry on Booktube so that’s why I decided to read it. It’s quite an interesting YA read that shows what can happen to a society where the government removes the freedom of making personal choices. It’s hard to imagine a world with no colors, music, emotions or love in it but that is the world Jonas lives in. Sameness is the highest value. He is perfectly okay with it until he gets some memories from the past that show what emotions feel like and experiences new things.

The themes in this book are the importance of love and humanity. It also shows the need of balancing security with freedom which is a current issue in America today. I enjoyed this book but was a bit stunned at how it ended--it seemed so abrupt. I would not want to live in the type of community Jonas lived in.
(Karen's review, 4 stars)

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2 comments:

  1. I found the whole GIVER series to be very thought-provoking. The ending of THE GIVER is definitely aggravating! What's worse, you don't really find out what happens to Jonas and Gabriel until the last book. So irritating!

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    1. The books aren't really sequels, per se, more like companion books. Each is told from the perspective of a different character, all of whom occupy the same world, but not necessarily the same part of it, if that makes sense. Anyway, the books are: THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE, MESSENGER and SON.

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