The Giver by Lois Lowry
Summary:Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?
If there is one book I wish everyone could read at least once in their lives, undoubtedly, without a second thought, it would be this one. Lois Lowry constructs a story that is so haunting and thought-provoking and unlike anything I have ever read before. While this may be a story about a fictional utopian society, the similarities between the world Lowry has created and the world we live in now are almost all too similar for comfort.
The story is centered around a futuristic society where there is no pain, no war, and no fear. It’s a society where everyone is the same; where equality is cherished. Life is perfect. When they turn twelve, each member of the Community receives their job for contributing to the Community.
The Giver follows Jonas, who is almost twelve and about to receive his job assignment. Little does he know how the job he will be chosen for and the tasks associated with it will change his life forever.
Lowry’s characterization is superb. While the government has tried their best to make every citizen the same, it’s these small differences that make them stand out in such a monotone society. From Jonas’ curiosity and love of the truth, to his hilarious best friend Asher, to the nurturing Fiona – each of these characters hold a special place in my heart.
The best part of The Giver is how highly thought-provoking it is. What would it be like if we were all the same, without anything to make us unique? Lowry makes us truly realize the wonderfulness of our unique talents and gifts, and demonstrates that we should embrace them with all our power and not let them go to waste.
With its brilliant and thought-provoking storyline and ending, Lowry has created a tale that is a must-read for everyone. The story will linger in your head for days – even weeks – and Jonas, the Giver, and Gabe are characters you will never forget.
For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.