The Giver

The Giver

Book - 1993
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Jan 31, 2020

The book was pretty awesome. I remember back when I was in school we had to read it in english class. This book was pretty interesting to read. It was like living in a society where things are arranged for you. They decide what your occupation is going to be for the rest of your life, and which family you will be living with.

Awesome book! Interesting characters and plot! Really makes you think, is this better than the life we live right now or not. It also makes you wonder what the world would be like if our society ran like that. The dad is awesome (especially later on 😈) The Giver is amazing! As another comment stated this book keeps you interested the whole time not just in the begging or the end like other books. Highly recommended!

Aug 25, 2019

The Giver is one of the best books I've ever read. It has an engaging beginning, middle and end which isn’t very common.

The Givers’ setting is a society where there is no colour or texture and where people are blindly obedient to the city’s committee which more or less dictates the city’s policies. Jonas, the main character, is about to turn twelve, the age at which you’re told what job you will have. A few months later, Jonas learns his job is going to be The Receiver, a person whose job is to advise the committee in times of uncertainty.

The current Receiver transfers memories to Jonas by touch to give him the experience he needs to advise the committee. Jonas learns about colour and texture (among other things that we have and they don’t).

Jonas wants to run away and in the process stumbles upon a new community. Jonas arrives with scratches and bruises but can’t wait to try his new life.

The Giver is filled with suspense and ends with a cliffhanger that will get you to read the next book faster then you can read this summary.

Aug 24, 2019

I really liked reading this book. I've read one section of the book before, but it was a random section so I had no idea what the actual story was about. Now that I've finished the story, I really enjoyed it. It did end on a cliffhanger, so I need to look for the next book.

Aug 04, 2019

I personally had a lot of questions after reading The Giver. I was also really disappointed about how it left on a cliffhanger. But it was really enjoyable and fun to read. It was very well written and I think it is a must-read.

Jul 06, 2019

Really fun to read even though the ending was unclear and left me a bit disappointed (personal opinion)
Must read!

Jun 25, 2019

I enjoyed this book mainly because it tells us what feelings are and what true pain is. My favourite part is when Asher was singled out when he said smack instead of snack.

Jun 05, 2019

Awesome book! Definitely recommend reading it!!

May 07, 2019

Great book. Very emotional and keeps you in suspense. You may or may not like the cliffhanger at the end. However, there are more books in the series

May 04, 2019

this book is one of the best ones out there! 📖

Apr 12, 2019

I read this book with my 10 year old, and it was a great way to open up a conversation about choice, free will and ethics. Some of the subject matter is challenging (thinking specifically of the "release" of the twin) but if you're up to the challenge it can be a great way to introduce a reader to dystopian fiction.

Mar 06, 2019

This book was a very emotional, and wonderful book! The word choices that Louis Lowry chose were powerful. Each word had thoughtful meaning to it!

Dec 23, 2018

Made me cry...beautiful story and so so sad

Dec 18, 2018

READ THIS! This book is so good! AND after you read this book, there are 3 more for you to read. All of the books are so good, you won't want to put them down. (I didn't want to) Read this one though and see if you like it. If you don't, well too bad for you. But personally, I think this is a great book and series.

If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, this is a great book to read next! In this book, the author gives the reader a look into what our world would look like if our paths were chosen for us. I read it in high school and recently read it again and enjoyed it even more the second time. (submitted by KP)

Oct 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. It really makes you think and figure things out for yourself.
Even though it leaves you with a BIG FRUSTRATING CLIFFHANGER, it is definetly one of my favorites. 10/10

Sep 05, 2018

A very interesting read. I picked it up during my free time and immediately got immersed in it. The world was quite an interesting place, an ideal place but unable to make your own choices. The beginning was a great hook for me and the middle chapters exciting as he learned from The Giver. What really got me was the ending. It felt rushed and left you hanging. But it did leave you to think what happened afterwards but I would have liked more complete ending rather than loose ends. But overall this book is amazing and would recommend to others.8.5/10

this was a very interesting book and the story of it was very nice

May 31, 2018

I didn't know what to expect, other than the few reviews I read & see it highly listed. It is thought-provoking, maybe I need to read/listen again - more than once - for me it was a blank ending, as in, make your own determination. I don't believe one has to be a specific age, because I've heard Hatchet several times & don't get tired of this young boys trials.

Feb 22, 2018

I've seen the movie not only once but four different times. I even have the downloaded version of it, it makes so much sense about how you can't take away someone's way of life you just can't change it no matter how hard you try . I hope the book is as good as the movie.

Oct 12, 2017

A nice short novel that makes you appreciate the simple things in life. Surprising depth for a young demographic. The Giver provides thought-provoking ideas that will last even after finishing the story.

Sep 05, 2017

A very creative novel with abundant and specific details. That's one of my favorite book, and I love the movie too.

Aug 03, 2017

In a world where humans have become the sole proprietors of the planet, and colour is gone from all people, one child, Jonas, begins to become… Different. Then, during a ceremony, he is shown to become an apprentice to another man just like him, who is known to him as; The Giver. The Giver is a book, to me, which is close to my heart. I read it nearly 7 years ago now, but it is still just as amazing every time I read it. The characters, while it only really has two of them, are each unique, and are both ‘morally right’. This is because to our eyes, they are in the right, however, Lois Lowry manages to create such an incredible world in such a small book, that it allows you to see the differences in our worlds. Her writing keeps you glued to the book, and at the end of the book, wondering; ‘why was it so short?’ This book is a solid 5/5. It’s not too mature for any audience, but it’s also complicated enough that any age could enjoy it. I implore anyone to read this book, and could recommend it to anyone. Anyone. 5/5.
- @Xeno of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I really enjoyed reading The Giver because it was a different and unique story that didn’t bear any resemblance to anything I have ever read; the futuristic dystopian of my dreams! I honestly thought Lois Lowry has written this piece with a lot of intelligence. Seeing the characters react to the past and react to color really hits hard to home considering we are living in a world where problems are at their brinks and it may seem hard to imagine a world like that in which Jonas lives. A definite recommendation 4/5 for those looking for a dystopian and darker side of literature.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This was a fairly good book by Lois Lowry. The book begins with showcasing the life of main character Jonas, and the author's take on what our communities may be like in the future. It's a slow start, but things begin to pick up towards the middle of the book. Once the main plot of the story begins to take place, readers are enticed with the intense action, and mystery of the Giver and Jonas. However, things start to speed up too fast, and the ending of the book gets horribly rushed. This creates a sense of disappointment and extreme dissatisfaction with the ending of the book. With a slow, boring start, dynamic middle chapters, and what was, in my opinion, an awfully lazy ending, the Giver was not one of my favourites. You're left waiting as you read for some interesting event to happen, but it never does. That is why the giver earns a 3/5 star rating from me. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2017

I read this book because I heard a lot of great things about it. I really loved it! It's so different and complex, I've never read anything like it! The ending was very abrupt. I would've loved to find out more. But overall, very great book. I definitely recommend it!

Jul 22, 2017

Absolutely stunning. very mind-provoking and the movie does not even add up to the worth of this classic novel

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