Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Number of Pages: 179

Genre: Science fiction

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary From Cover: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Discussion: Like To Kill a Mockingbird, I had heard such good things about this book, and the movie is coming out, so I had to read it. I actually didn’t know what it was about when I picked it up! I had high expectations for it, from all the feedback I’d gotten, so I was happily satisfied.

The beginning was not slow. In fact, none of it was slow–I was reading as fast as I could because I was so riveted! [Be prepared for me to use even more exclamation marks in this review.] I was hooked throughout the entire book.

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I think you get my point of how excellent it was; let’s move on to the negatives (which there were few).

The language was very…scripted. Which is how, I guess, the society worked. But I do feel like they didn’t use realistic words that people say. Maybe Lowry wanted it to be like that. Who knows?

Also, I couldn’t really connect with their feelings. Even when it was being described, I feel like it was either under-dramatic or melodramatic; there was no in between that most people show. I understand that under certain circumstances there are extremes, but these felt too…I don’t know, just under- or over-dramatic.

Books I found very similar to this is the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie and the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Both societies are controlled and somewhat robotic, in my opinion. And they take away creativity.

Overall, I loved The Giver, so please read it! And then go see the movie! But don’t see the movie before the book!

I hope you enjoyed my book review of The Giver. Did you like this book, if you’ve read it? I’m going to the bookstore tomorrow, so I will begin reading then.