The Giver by Lois Lowry REVIEW

The Giver, recipient of the 1994 Newberry Medal, and considered by the American Library Association as one of the “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000”.
The book is about a teen boy named Jonas who lives in a perfect community, a community that is sheltered from the world. In this community everyone has a special job; a job the council appoints them. The day called the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas is 11 and his day to get his job is coming soon. He has no idea what his job will be. At the ceremony, he is called last. At the end, he finds out he’s chosen to be the Receiver. The next day, Jonas meets his trainer, the old Receiver.
Receivers “receive” memory from each other, and from generations of receivers past. With these memories, the Receiver gives advice to the council in making important decisions.
Jonas is shocked by the memories, he feels and sees things he hasn’t seen. He even feels pain, which he’s never felt. He also learns of the startling truths in his community, which makes him want to escape, and he comes up with a plan to escape; a plan that could get him killed.
The narration is told in third person. It will remind many readers of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s 1985 in the way that it deals with society, censorship, etc.
Lowry uses simple language (unlike Fahrenheit 451) but it also could be the book’s downfall if you like more expressive writers such as Michael Moorcock and Terry Brooks.
The thing I enjoyed most about the book was the plot, especially when Jonas learns the dark secrets of what his community does behind everyone’s back. I hope this book will give you the same suspense and chills as it gave me.

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