Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Giver

So no Picture Book Saturday this week...haven't had a whole lot of time for picture book reading lately, but I do have a review of a great classic children's book. I didn't read this book for the first time until a couple of years ago, being that I was often put off when it was described as a "science fiction" novel. I hadn't yet broadened my genre taste to include something of everything and passed by this wonderful book for too long. This was my second read of it and it was just as amazing this time around.

The Giver is written by the amazing, wonderful, incredible Lois Lowry and tells the unique story of Jonas, a young boy living in a Utopian society. Everyone is the same in this society, they all have the same color skin, though none of them can see color anyways, so that doesn't matter. There is no such thing as love in this society, as it is an emotion that complicates things. In fact, emotions in general are non-existent in this society. When Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory, the most prestigious assignment in the entire society, he is shocked and somewhat angry to have been singled out in a world of sameness, though intrigued to learn that through The Giver, he can experience feelings, emotions, and the concept of colors in a manner never before experienced by a resident of the society. What Jonas must decide is whether or not he wants to participate in what the society is making its citizens go through or if he wants to remain within his new found perspective of life's opportunities.

I must admit that I have not read Gathering Blue or The Messenger, both books that follow The Giver, but you can bet I'll get them read before the year is done!


Stephanie said...

I picked this book up at the library last week!! I have it on my list of Newberry winners. Truthfully, I have not read a Newberry book I DIDN't like, so I'm kind of expecting good thing!

Becky said...

I love this book, Amanda. I read this in college, but I've since gone back several times to revisit it. I got to the sequels for the first time this year (last Feb. or March I believe). Anyway, I think you'll enjoy!

Booklogged said...

I agree - I love this book, too. I really enjoyed the 2 others that go with it.

A student in my study skills class is reading The Giver right now. It's so fun to watch her getting annoyed by the different things that are going on. It's fun for me to see how totally wrapped up in the story she is.

Debi said...

I've heard nothing but good things about this one...I can't wait until my daughter and I get to this one later this year in homeschooling adventure.