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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Posted by BookGirl on November 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a perfect world.   There are no choices.   There are no emotions.  Everyone is assigned a role in the community.  At the Ceremony of Twelve, all Twelves are given a job.   After that, no one cares about their age.  Eventually, they will be assigned a spouse and a newchild, then after that, another newchild.   Then they will live with the Childless Adults.   After that, they will be transferred into the House of the Old to live for a time until they are Released.  Jonas agrees with these things and accepts them.   His Ceremony of Twelve is coming up, and he is singled out for the once in a lifetime  role of Receiver, to learn from a man who is now called the Giver.   This man gives Jonas the memories, memories like snow, hills,emotion,  and colors.  Jonas begins to question the things that he has always accepted.  After he learns the truth about a huge secret, Jonas must now make the ultimate desision.

This is a really good book.  And I mean stupendous.  It's won 6 awards, including the Regina Metal.  It slowly weaves the tale of the futuristic society, and you learn bits of information at a time.   The writer, Lois Lowry is an expert.   It is a must-read.   There is a slightly disturbing chapter where Jonas learns the secret about Release.  Other than that, it is a very VERY good book.   The other books by Lois Lowry aren't very good in subject material, but this?   This book is amazing.    

The ending?    Well, I won't ruin it.   Just read it.

Categories: Would read again, Older Readers (10-12), Futuristic

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