Published by Ember on January 24, 2006
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Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
The Giver was a book that actually took me by surprise. I’ve given it four stars but I wouldn’t be lying if I didn’t say I have no clue what this book was actually about. I struggled to understand what was happening and what the purpose of some of the things that took place within the story and the plot. I definitely enjoyed reading it but I just felt a little bit of disconnect to the actual storyline and characters.
I will say I loved the premise of the story and the world, the idea that humanity in an attempt to rid of all the bad things that we have happen on a daily basis got rid of everything that makes us unique as a specie. I thought it was really well executed and I thought that it was really profound thought that in order to have peace and order that we had to give up everything that made us human. That we as humans are incapable of anything other than destruction unless we become shells of what we are. I loved this concept, and it really made me think of what we were as a human race.
The reason why this book only got four stars instead of the five would purely be because I got a little confused with the ending and what exactly was happening with the plan and how everything changed. I wanted to learn more about the Giver and what that entire process meant and looked like. I just thought that this part of the book felt a little underdeveloped and I would have loved for there to be more about the after effects of this. I know there are sequels so I will maybe have to pick those up and see whether they have what I’m looking for.
I really loved the way this book was told with the different sections and life stages based on age and their interests. I loved reading about the kids finding their calling in life with volunteer hours. It was kind of a nice easing into adult life without all the anxiety! I suppose the point is that they’re too young to know how anxious they should be about everything. So it’s swings and roundabouts whether that’s a good thing.
I definitely recommend The Giver, it’s a good book with a really good premise. I will be picking up the sequel at my next opportunity and reading it to see whether it has everything that this book was missing.
Have you ever read a book that not only had a great premise but also fantastic execution? Let me know in the comments!
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