The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Genre: Dystopian/Fantasy/Middle Grade

Rating: ****

Review:  Lois Lowry’s The Giver is a classic read that portrays a bizarre society. Free will is questioned. Human emotions and experiences are absent. The novel creates a thought-provoking discussion regarding life and suffering: would an ideal world incorporate pain?

The Giver depicts life that is orderly, predicable and painless. In the community of Sameness, every individual has a specific, productive role to embody and execute. Choice is nonexistent and personal freedom is not an option.

Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lowry’s thought-provoking fantasy challenges adolescents to explore important social and political issues. The Giver trains twelve-year-old Jonas as the next Receiver of Memory, the community’s receptacle of past memories.

This seemingly utopian society (without pain, poverty, unemployment, or disorder) is actually a body- and mind-controlling dystopia (without love, colors, sexual feelings, or memories of the past). In an exciting plot twist, Jonas courageously resolves his moral dilemma and affirms the human spirit’s power to prevail, to celebrate love, and to transmit memories.

From the book jacket’s evocative photographic images—The Giver in black and white; trees in blazing color—to the suspenseful conclusion, this book is first-rate. Just as Lowry’s Number the Stars (which received the 1990 Newbery Medal) portrays the Danish people’s triumph over Nazi persecution, The Giver engages the reader in an equally inspiring victory over totalitarian inhumanity.

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