Book Reviews: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Giver is set in a Utopian society (which is actually Dystopian) where everyone has a specific role to play in a community where everyone has to follow very specific rules. In this community where there is “Sameness” of everything and everyone, a boy was chosen to receive memories that will show him the realities of life that changes his perception of his world and the people around him.

One of the best highlights of the book is its fast pace and smooth flow. Like Jonas, the main character, who gradually realizes how sick and wrong his “perfect” world is, I also gradually learned about his world because the author subtly but perfectly incorporated information into the scenes without disturbing the flow of the story.

The fast pace made the story exciting but also lacking. At more than halfway when the story seemed to reach a climax, the story also seemed to end. Because of its fast pace, not so many details were expanded on – details that would have made the book more adventurous, which in turn would have made it more exciting.

Also, I didn’t feel like there was closure at the end. But maybe the author wanted to leave an open-ended question the same way that her book may probably ask the reader – What would it be like to live in a community where everything is perfect? Where everything and everyone has a specific role and specific purpose so that there would always be peace and order? Would it be a life worth living? Would it even be worth calling a life?

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