YA writer and book lover!
Great writing and idea but this book left me wanting more. You get so attached to the main character, Jonas and his growth and struggles throughout the book that until it ends you don't even realize how much you were invested in the story. It pulls you into a society where sameness is promoted so people can be happy. People are happy in this society because it is all they know, they believe that this is how they are supposed to live, without color, love, knowledge and other important things. When Jonas is proclaimed the next "giver" and starts his training to receive/hold memories of joy and pain, he tries to get used to the idea that this will be his job, to hold knowledge and memories that the rest of society cannot bare. It is then that he starts to make choices and devise a plan of his own. By the end of the book I was left upset because it ends abruptly and mysteriously.
The Giver himself.
It unfolded bit by bit, slowly revealing what it was all about. Often, details that made no sense were introduced...and then explained much later.
Learn to cherish your memories
I listened to this book with my son who is in Sixth Grade and required to read this as part of Literature class. I'm so glad I listened along. Definitely makes you think.
The way surprising details emerge effortlessly.
The reader, who I love as an actor, seemed to rebel against the text. The main character always seems to speak in a breathless, smarmy/whiny tone, even when the description of his voice is completely otherwise. Really, really annoying.
My family listened to this on a long road-trip and we were rapt. The performance was strong and the story was gripping. The story does turn quite dark at times, and some of the details were very intense for our nine-year-old, but nothing he couldn't ultimately handle. I recommend this audiobook highly.
My only complaint, and it is a mild one, is that the ending is a bit sudden. But that is not a reason to avoid a book that is 99% beautiful...and important for children.
No I don't think so. Of course I don't like watching movies over and over again either. Once was enough. I've absorbed it and I've moved on.
When he found out what his father did with unwanted people.
I think the book could have been set up better. It took a while to understand that all they saw was black and white and things I took for granted like colors and feelings were lacking in the characters. i still don't understand the reason for only 1 person being a giver and I don't understand the ending. did they make it? what happened to the people? It just cut off. I was really getting into it and then it was over.
I would recommend this book to friends who are interested in social dynamics and relationships. It's an interesting depiction of how people might behave under certain controlled circumstances. It was enjoyable and really interesting. I couldn't stop listening to it, and I couldn't believe the end.
The ways in which the society operated.
Say something about yourself!
I guess I was expecting more because of all the great reviews and things people have said about this book. It's a short book and I did enjoy it. I purchased the book on the 3/2 trilogy sale and will read the next 2 in the series.
Thought-provoking, enthralling, and awesome!
It's a similar feel to A Brave New World and 1984, but not. Also similar to the movie The Village. All about a life of ease and simplicity at the cost of much, much more. A story of breaking free.
Jonas. He's a young boy who has his eyes opened to the stifling nature of his community. He's inquisitive and honest.
I LOVE this book. I read it for the first time in 7th grade - before it was banned in schools. I try to read it once every few years. I'm new to Audible so I downloaded it for my husband and I to read. He loved it as well. The only negative is Ron Rifkin's never ending case of dry mouth. Smacking lips really annoy me, so it was hard to get passed that. However, he did an amazing job reading the characters and the story was top notch, as always.
I'm in my 50's and find it hard to find a compelling story that is not based on crime/violence. They are out there, of course, but I go through them quickly, so I'm always searching, searching... I decided to try the Newbery Medal winners. This was the first such story. Fantastic! An incredibly delightful surprise. It really held my attention and made me think deeply about all kinds of things we take for granted, like the ability to see color and to make choices. I'd love to talk to young people about how they understand and relate to the story. Wonderful, wonderful work, Lois Lowry.