I hadn’t heard about the book before, but I believe my host sister Erin told me that is was a book they needed to read during school. The reason why we started talking about it last year, about a year ago, was because the film adaptation came out and we were thinking about going to see it (we didn’t, as I don’t want to see book films unless I’ve read the book already).
Erin knew I liked dystopian novels (the Hunger Games and Divergent series being the big ones I had read so far), so she thought it would be a book that I just might like. So, a click later on my Kindle during a day that my lovely hosts were working on, I was lying outside and
burning my white skin tanning, while I was giving the book a try.
“It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.”
Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -the man called only the Giver -he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.
– From the website of Lois Lowry
As always with this kind of books for me, the start was a pretty confusing as I was supposed to “know” things already, but it was pretty easy to get into the story after a while. I liked the part about memory sharing, the whole thing about the Sameness and Elsewhere, and realizing what the unique talent Jonas had was. The book was also very surprising at times, which makes it a great book in my opinion.
I’ve yet to read the other books in the quartet, but maybe I will find time at some point to do so. The ending of the Giver was very interesting, and I need to know what happens!
I don’t want to say too much about the book, if there’s someone who hasn’t read it yet and gets curious to read it. So let’s leave it here 🙂