So it’s been a really long time since I’ve finished a book so fast as I did The Giver by Lois Lowry. If you follow my book reviews at all, you know that I’ve been having a really tough time reading lately. I’ve really tried pushing myself into books, forcing myself to focus and forget everything around me so that I can absorb the book. It finally happened with less concentration with this book.
I loved The Giver. On the outset you are introduced to a new way of life for Earth, and you don’t really know how long life has been like this, but you get the sense that it’s been a long time. In fact, we are told it has been this way “back and back and back.” That’s a long time. But, it’s a Utopia. People are placed in jobs that are just perfect for them, partnered with people who are perfect for them, even have nice little family units. They don’t have to choose, because that’s all done for them, and they don’t have to worry about pain, because there’s someone who keeps all the memories for the people, and those memories aren’t always good, sometimes they are painful. This person is the Receiver of Memories.
The Giver takes us through life with the main character Jonas, who from the start seems to question how life runs in the community, but he doesn’t talk about that, and he doesn’t question, because that’s rude. Until he’s selected to be the new Receiver, and he is encouraged to question.
And that’s about all the summary of the book I can give you without giving it all away. This book truly was an experience for me to read, and I enjoyed every second of it. It isn’t overly action packed, and it goes the route of more traditional sci-fi in that it has a story to tell, and it doesn’t muck it up with action that’s unnecessary.