The Giver

179 pages

English language

Published Jan. 24, 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

ISBN:
9780385732550

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4 stars (87 reviews)

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

41 editions

My review of 'The Giver'

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I've never read these books, despite having them come up in conversation and in passing many times. The first one was good, but for the most of it I found myself thinking about how cliche it felt. Young Adult Dystopians novels always seem really obsessed with social control. Not that that's a bad thing, and of course that's a set of ideas that is actually really important to young adults. But to me, it made this narrative feel really...trite. I enjoyed the second novel in the series much more.

Review of 'The Giver' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

The story brought up some interesting ideas but most of what's going on is left to the reader's imagination, to fill in the gaps that the author perhaps couldn't on her own.

It doesn't seem believable that euthanasia would be such a large part of their society, but no one knew about it except a select few. Clearly the society was technologically advanced to the point of terraforming the planet and manipulating memories, but if that's the case, why was the ability to "see beyond" or "hear beyond" found randomly in the population? If memory control was so important, wouldn't the succession of Receivers have been engineered to be flawless? Why would memories be released to the general population on death? And what were they seeing and hearing beyond anyway? Genetic modifications that prevented people from perceiving certain things? Or technology-based barriers?

The plan that Jonas and the Giver came …

Still holds up well.

5 stars

I still remember the feeling I had of reading this while in school, when it was about five years old; I loved it almost immediately, and I credit it with being one of the first novels to make me question the world around me, even if it wasn't apparent at the time. I mean, honestly, I first read this when I was in seventh grade for school. That was sometime in the late 1990s.

I still have a lot of the same feelings for this novel, though now I'm going to be pushing to read the series; I still need to do that.

I love this book, and it's so difficult to really write a lot of why. It's such a simple tale, starting with such a simple frustration: the knowledge that there's more, that there's something else, that one person is meant to be burdened by the knowledge to …

Review of 'The Giver' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Fun little book. The concept used here, of demonstrating what the world would be like if we could realistically approach some kind of utopic static existence, has certainly been utilized before, such as in the Dune sci-fi series in [book: God Emperor of Dune]. It also kind of reminded me of the movie The Village. It's the old commons vs individualism debate, or protectionism vs freedom.

I think what is interesting about the parable-like simplicity of this book is that the more you think about it, the darker its implications become. On the surface, it is fairly straightforward: we must allow for the freedom of individual choice in order to enjoy true depth of feelings. But remember the pain and burden of The Giver's memories? These are overwhelmingly terrible memories of warfare and suffering. What Lowry seems to suggest is that these terrible aspects of human society are a fundamental …

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