Jonas is an 11 year old boy living in a tightly run society known as the “Community,” where deviation from from normality is very strongly opposed, and there is no suffering, hunger, war, love, or even color. He is apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, when he and his peers of the same age will be given the roles and duties which they will be obligated to fulfill for the rest of their lives. But unlike many of his friends, Jonas is given a unique job; he is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories. He is told the job will be filled with confusion and pain, but he accepts, determined to know more. He is to train under and learn from the past Receiver, who will give his knowledge to Jonas through all his Memories. However, Jonas realizes that many wrongdoings (including “Release,” or death) can come from his Community’s “organized” fashion of living. Jonas’s mentor, or “the Giver”, helps Jonas on an incredible journey to realize that sometimes deviation from the normality is necessary in order to fight for what is right.
I greatly enjoyed reading “The Giver,” as the main concept of deviation from one’s comfort zone, or environment, was quite intriguing and made me want to keep reading. Lois Lowry did a stellar job on arranging the characters and setting in a way that could be rateable to today’s community. The steady rise of tension building up to the climax point of the plot contributed as well to the overall mood of the book. I loved Lowry’s creative, descriptive writing style. This book is a must read!
One memorable thing about “The Giver” is the intense climax point of the plot line. Lowry writes with such a great mixture of intensity and creativity that readers will be unable to put the book down. The building of the passion in her writing all leads up to the point in the novel where all misunderstandings, misconceptions, and questions are revealed and answered. Lois Lowry’s writing style is truly unforgettable, as proven by her work on “The Giver.”
Review by Lisa, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library