Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Published: 1993
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, SciFi
Paperback: 192 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 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.

My two-bits:
In-a-word: stirring

Whoa. I can see why this is among the classics.

This book is a good way to start off with if you're new to the dystopia genre. Actually, a must-read.

In this future world, the question of whether or not things are better off prevails which is in keeping with the dystopia genre.

There were a couple subjects among many others touched upon that grabbed me while reading this. One was mentorship between elders and children. The other subject I was left to ponder was the importance of memories.

The Giver
Gathering Blue
The Messenger

*part of my Dystopia challenge
*part of my Newbery challenge
*source The Giver illustration by J. Michael Stovall

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