Lois Lowry - The Giver

91 ratings (81 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
62
4 stars
12
3 stars
4
2 stars
2
1 star
1
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jul 26, 2012
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:strong characters, unique society, what Jonas is given

Cons:some disturbing aspects of the society

The Bottom Line: This is a great beginning of a trilogy about a society in the future that tries to be perfect but fails and how one young man deals with it.


I recently read Gathering Blue not realizing it was the second in a trilogy. So I borrowed the first book, The Giver, on my kindle so I could then read the third book in the trilogy. The characters are not the same, so I'd say you could easily read this book or the second book in either order, prior to reading the last in the series.

This story takes place in a dystopian future world. Families are created by a male and female adult who place a request for a child. Everything is the same. The ground is level, everything is the same color, the weather is always the same. Everyone turns a year older on the same day each year. And when you turn twelve you are given your job assignment, while you do continue to go to school.

The star of this book, Jonas, is almost twelve and he has volunteered at various jobs but doesn't feel he is a shoe-in for any particular job. When the ceremony takes place to announce jobs he discovers he will be the town's Receiver, who is the person who keeps all the memories of the past and helps the council make decisions. He is very disappointed with this as he will be very secluded in his 'work place'.

When he finds out what his job entails, and how it works by the current Receiver physically giving him all his memories (and thus becoming the Giver), he learns things that make him very unhappy with the current situation in which he lives. He understands what love and happiness truly can be and begins to realize both, along with all strong emotions, are severely lacking in his current society. What will he do?

This is a very unique storyline to me. Author Lois Lowry creates a fascinating world, that was really rather sad at many levels. While the book was written almost 20 years ago it still resonates now since it's an odd future world. There is a little bit of a magic feel to the book, but nothing over the top and it's not used a cop out to explain something. There are some things that are disturbing (how they deal with people who are no longer wanted), but they fit into the story, adding to the reader's understanding of life in this society.

I liked the characters and I liked the story. It makes you think and you want to find out what happens to Jonas. The end of the story does leave you hanging a bit. But some of your questions are answered in the third book at least. I'd definitely recommend this book to children ages 11 and up. It is very well written and I found the story very interesting.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (2)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

The Giver 1 By Lois Lowry [paperback]

The Giver 1 By Lois Lowry [paperback]

The Giver (Giver Quartet) [Paperback]by Lois Lowry (Author)The Giver,the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of o...
eBay

$9.32

FREE Shipping
The Giver (Lois Lowry) eBook

The Giver (Lois Lowry) eBook

Buy The Giver (Lois Lowry) by Nat Reed and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 Million Title...
Kobo eBooks

$11.39

FREE Shipping
Gathering Blue (giver Quartet) By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Gathering Blue (giver Quartet) By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Date of Release:March 5, 2013 Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry (Paperback)Lois Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for The Giver. Si...
eBay

$6.78

+$3.44 shipping
The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Free Delivery Worldwide : The Giver : Paperback : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company : 9780764585104 : 076458510X : 15 Jun 1999 : Jonas, the...
BookDepository.com

$7.48

FREE Shipping
The Giver By Lois Lowry Paperback Book (korean) Free Shipping

The Giver By Lois Lowry Paperback Book (korean) Free Shipping

Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author The Giver by Lois Lowry Estimated delivery 3-12 business days Format Paperback Condition Brand New Korean e...
eBay

$34.00

FREE Shipping
The Giver (book 1 Of Giver Quartet Series) By Lois Lowry

The Giver (book 1 Of Giver Quartet Series) By Lois Lowry

Date of Release : July 1, 2014 The Giver (Book 1 of Giver Quartet Series) by Lois Lowry (Paperback)The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has becom...
eBay

$6.69

+$3.95 shipping
The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Free Delivery Worldwide : The Giver : Paperback : HOUGHTON MIFFLIN : 9780544336261 : 0544336267 : 28 Jul 2014 : In Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning ...
BookDepository.com

$7.16

FREE Shipping
Giver - Lois Lowry - 9780547995663 - 0547995660

Giver - Lois Lowry - 9780547995663 - 0547995660

9780547995663 - 0547995660 - Lois Lowry - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 93 Edition
Textbooks.com

$17.99

+$3.99 shipping
The Giver By Lowry, Lois

The Giver By Lowry, Lois

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9780544430785 The Giver By Lowry, Lois Description Coming to movie theaters in the summer of 2014, this movie tie-in edition...
eBay

$20.36

FREE Shipping
The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Free Delivery Worldwide : The Giver : CD-Audio : Listening Library : 9780553397109 : 0553397109 : 08 Jul 2014 : Soon to be a major motion picture, Loi...
BookDepository.com

$21.55

FREE Shipping