Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry, Book Review
"I have great honor," The Giver said. "So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power."
Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice...or choice.
Everyone is the same.
At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community's twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life's work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?
I had no preconceived ideas about this book. I had heard the title, knew it had been turned into a movie and that was it. I didn't have a clue as to what it was even about. My Mom lent me the book and I read it in one sitting! No joke, I started in the evening and finished around midnight. What is it about The Giver? It drew me in, but a lot of books have done that. There is something else, something I cannot put my finger on; something indescribable. Jonas was who we all want to be! Deep down we all want to share joy and love with others, we all want to share happiness. We all want to be brave, courageous and a hero. I cannot wait to finish the journey with Jonas.
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Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:00 AM