It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface! It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake. Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it. Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is sure to touch the heart of every reader. Lois Lowry deals with issues of everyday life that are so often taken for granted.Through the noble character of Jonas, she presents a glimpse of what could be the future. As the tension in the novel mounts, so does the number of questions that Lowry confronts the reader with. The Giver is a book of courage and adventure, and most importantly, one of deep thought. Once readers make contact with Lowry's treasure, they may never see things exactly quite the same. Lowry presents a forceful novel that demands to be heard and philosophically dealt with.
Jonas lives in a perfect world: no hunger, no poverty, no war, no pain and no grief. It is not until Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory (a highly honoured job in the community) that he begins to realise that perhaps his world is not so perfect after all… I loved this book, I thought the concept on which it was based was fascinating and it drew me in straight away. Jonas, the main character, is likeable and entirely believable; the reader learns more about the life Jonas lives throughout the book as Jonas learns more about what life is like nowadays. This way you can easily sympathise and feel a connection with Jonas. It is a futuristic novel but the style is very different to most other futuristic books that I have read. The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the ending because it leaves the reader to make his/her own mind up about what happens. Although it is a very effective ending, I personally prefer more detailed endings where you discover what happens to the characters.
Mishka Hollander, 07/08/2014
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