Sunday, 7 August 2016

Book Review: The Giver

THE GIVER by Lois Lowery
5 Stars
Verdict: Why didn’t I read this sooner?

I almost can’t put my finger on what I enjoyed about THE GIVER. I didn’t necessarily connect with twelve-year-old Jonas, but I felt oddly proud of him as he took his first steps towards adulthood and chose to learn about the world in a different light. The plot seemed so simple and almost slow paced at times, yet I just couldn’t put it down and the pages flew by. Something kept drawing me in…

It must have been the mystery. I wanted to know what the community meant, and what the memories would do to someone like Jonas. At the end of book one, his world still doesn’t add up to me, but I’m excited to continue the series.

I wish I read this years ago when I was closer to Jonas’ age. I can still appreciate it now, but I’ve gorged on dystopian novels and already experienced a lot of what this book had to offer in a more modern way. I guess that’s what makes this a classic!

I also felt united with the book’s main theme, or at least the one that tends to creep into my own writing too. Freedom of choice defines us, makes us, and breaks us, and that’s why it’s so special. If you’re wondering whether or not to read this book, well, it’s entirely up to you.

Source: Bought it!