I never had an interest in reading The Giver as a child. It looked like it wouldn’t interest me. As I got older, I figured out which genres I liked and which ones I didn’t. I knew The Giver was considered a classic, and since I’m not a big fan of classics, I avoided it for years. When I found out it was coming out as a movie, I watched the trailer and it looked amazing! What I got from the trailer wasn’t what I expected from the book’s storyline. So after much research and debate, I figured I’d finally read the book. I knew if I watched the movie first, I wouldn’t want to read the book after. And normally I like books better than movies.
***Spoiler alert!*** (Only slight spoilers! But I’m warning you anyway.)
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I’ve never read anything by Lois Lowry before, so I had no idea what to expect. Once I found out this was a children’s classic, that threw me off even more.
Once I started reading it, it reminded me of other classic books such as 1984 and Brave New World, with the whole futuristic view of things.
In the book, the main character is Jonas. He lives in a perfect world. Everyone has a role in the community, everyone follows specific rules, and not a thing is out of place.
When the children in this community becomes of age, they’re given a role which becomes their occupation for the rest of their lives.
Jonas’ role is a very special one. He gets his training from an old man who he calls The Giver. The Giver is unique. He gives Jonas memories. This may sound odd, but he gives Jonas memories no one else in the community can remember. Why can’t they remember these memories? Well, to me, the community members’ minds are in a way, wiped of certain things.
With his new knowledge, Jonas begins to see things differently. He begins to see change happen in his perfect world, and realizes a perfect world isn’t all that great.
I was very surprised at how this book kept me on my toes. It took me on an adventure.
I loved every single thing about this book except for the ending.
Here comes the spoiler alert.
(That’s two warnings now. Read at your own risk!)
The reason why I gave this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5 stars was because of the ending. As harsh as that may sound, I just didn’t like it! It gave me no closure whatsoever!
In the end, I have no idea if Jonas is dead or if he’s moved on to a better life. And what happens to The Giver? Yes, he’s old and probably will die soon, but still! What happens to Jonas’ parents and sister? What happens to the rest of the community members when they get the memories Jonas learned from The Giver? Will they get them at all? Does Jonas have to die for them to be passed onto the community members? It’s just that he has to disappear from the community, and once the community chants his name over and over again, they get the memories, right? I don’t know. See? Confusion! No closure! Anyway…
Overall I really do like this book. It reminded me a bit of the Divergent movie. (I never read the book because I saw the movie first. See? Horrible habit…)
I see a weird pattern in classic books. So much of this futuristic stuff going on! I like it. I do. But there’s something about classics that I don’t like. I can’t put my finger on it.
But this is a children’s book? Lord. I don’t know…Anyways, enough being bitter. I’m going to see the movie when it comes out. I hope it’s amazing and the ending is 10x better. Hey, one can dream, right? 😛
What did you think of this book?