Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry


Hello readers,

I know there are probably thousands of reviews for this one already out there but since it  has been a recent read for me I wanted to get my thoughts out there too.
I know that the Giver by Lois Lowry has been read frequently in english classes as a dystopian but when I was back in school we read Fahrenheit 451 and although I already loved dystopians back then I kind of never dived deeper into them.
No wonder I hadn`t heared of this one before I had watched the movie a while ago. I decided right away I have to read the book too, which sometimes can be a bad idea but in this case it wasn`t.
I am pretty sure I will take up the other three books of The Giver Quartett for today lets just talk about my thoughts on this first book of the series.

Jonas lives in a world of regulations. Everything is planned out for the people, they do not have a say in the choices of their life, like who they are marrying, how many children they will have, how they will name their children, their professions, etc..
It is a colourless world, because colours give you choices and you could make the wrong. It also makes sameness impossible.
The community claims all this is to protect the people in their community.
When Jonas is named the new Memory Keeper which is the greatest honor he recieves the Givers memories which opens his eyes about the world he is living in.

I honestly loved it. I feel it is a solid dystopian although I somehow missed that little final "spark" in it.
The ending felt a little bit rushed and got me a bit confused at first.

I really liked the Giver and Jonas but felt at a complete loss with the other characters and I guess that maybe was the little spark I missed.

Overall however I enjoyed this one so much. It is such a fast paced read and really gets you thinking.
So I gave this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you for reading and let me know your thoughts on the book in the comments below!

I will see you again on Thursday (yes I couldn`t get the Wednesday for that one!) with an amazing guest post by Merryn Allingham.

Take care,
📚Nadja

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