The Giver

May 19, 2015 · 0 comments

What’s it about?
In a world without color, a world of sameness, Jonas was selected. His whole life has been the same. The same as it was for his parents, his parents’ parents, and back, and back, and back as far as anyone can remember. However all of that changes when Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver. His job is to receive the memories, colors, and feelings unknown to him or any other human, from “The Giver”. As he experiences these memories, of happiness and pain, joy and sadness, hate and love, Jonas slowly begins to see the colors all around him. He questions the choice humanity made in leaving this world of color for a world without suffering. Is the absence of color, love and joy worth the absence of pain, sadness and suffering? Is there anything The Giver and Jonas can do about it?

Emma’s Thoughts:
-A movie adaptation of The Giver was released in August 2014
-Lois Lowry is also the author of one of my favorite books Number The Stars

Good things:
-It was really interesting to read a book written from the point of view of someone who has never seen color or known love or real friendship. Lois Lowry did an amazing job describing the ecstasy and wonder of someone experiencing these things for the first time.
-In The Giver Lowry emphasizes the importance of love as well as uniqueness and what a drab world it would be without them.

-*SPOILER ALERT* It is revealed that when the old, or weak babies are “released” the doctors really just inject them with something that kills them. It describes Jonas’s father “releasing” a baby that is too small.
-In Jonas’s community, when boys start noticing girls or vice-versa, what they call “stirrings”, they take a pill that gets rid of these feelings.

eScore (?)

eAge (?)
13+ Amz. Age: (12+)
Lois Lowry
HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 25, 2012)
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