Lois Lowry’s The Giver is typically read in school around here. In fact, in one of my placements for Teachers’ College, a grade 7 or 8 class was reading it. For some reason, I’d never read it until yesterday. I’m not sure why I waited so long because this book was great!
There are some books that you read and they hit you right in the feels. It happened with The Book Thief. It happened with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It happened with The Perks of Being a Wallflower. These books are all memorable and I consider them to be classic good reads. I can now add The Giver to this list.
The Giver is about Jonas who lives in a utopian community where there is no disease, no hunger, no fighting, and no pain. On the other side of that, each year, there are 50 babies born, people apply for spouses and children (they take a pill to control their stirrings), you’re assigned a job by an elder, and there’s no colour or music. Not quite the utopia it’s painted to be.
Jonas is about to turn 12 which means he’s assigned a job. He gets picked as the Receiver, a guardian of memories passed on by the Giver. Through Jonas’ journey in the first year of being a Receiver, the reader comes to learn a few things about the community (sorry for spoiling them) and is faced with a choice.
The book was a really good look at some of the things we take for granted each and every day. The fact that this book had me longing for snow really says something. It was a great read and unlike the last book I reviewed, I’m interested in reading the other books in this quartet.