Stafford , VA | Member Since 2014
This is the final book in the "Giver" trilogy and I don't know why I just found out about it! There are many themes in it relevant to society today but you don't have to delve deeply or use a study guide to get into this book. Great story of perseverance and love in a dystopian society that does not include vampires and werewolves. Or zombies. There are still supernatural "gifts" but they are only a small part of this story that takes place in three separate, very different communities.
The Handmaiden's Tale, or 1984. Big brother is trying to simplify things and make people feel safer by taking away civil and even human rights. Scary!
Her timing and intonation as she reads, along with the way she alters her voice for each character brings them to life. You hear her voice and you want to comfort Claire or shackle the Trade Master.
This is a tough question because anything I can think of right now sounds corny. Maybe,
"In a dystopian world, love and perseverance conquer ignorance and manipulation to find and define family."
Read "The Giver" and "The Messenger" first so you get the most out of this book. Happy listening:+)
My 15 year old son and I already have listened to it a second time! Fiona Hardingham, the reader, portrays the characters well and with great variation. The supporting characters have their own back stories and we have enjoyed the conversations sparked by imagining what it may have been like to be on one's own at such a young age.
The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, an ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.
The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, and ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.
The main character, Claire, is my favorite. She has a "fake it till you make it" sort of approach to the situation(s) in which she finds herself. For the most part her logical mind assists her in acting appropriately, but it is tempered by her kind heart and sense of duty.
Without giving away any of the story, I was moved by the way Claire handles the death of one of her parents, the relationship she had with that parent, and how both impacted her and (I think) created a fierce sense of loyalty and protectiveness in her.
I probably shouldn't rave the way I am because everyone out there might expect that this should be their next favorite book / series. Let me sum it all up this way: listening to this book made my commute something I looked forward to and provided an opportunity for my son and I to spend some quality time together. Happy listening:+)
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