The Giver by Lois Lowry – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

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the donor has recently been made into a movie, so at the suggestion of one of my book-loving friends, I picked up the book to see what the story was like and was not disappointed in the least.

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the giver is an interesting and moral story about a young man named jonas who lives in a society free of crime and sadness. At the age of 12, children are assigned their jobs, for which they will train and do for the rest of their lives. everything is chosen; from your parents to your partner. Jonas sets himself apart from the community when he is chosen to become the new “Memory Keeper”. society has been kept free from all the negative aspects of life because as long as it has been formed, there has been someone who keeps all the bad and good memories of the past within them. this is both good and bad for the inhabitants because, although they are protected from harm, they are also not exposed to the wonderful aspects of life.

I really enjoyed this book because even though it’s supposed to be more of a children’s book than a young adult, the story is complex enough to catch the attention of older readers. i really enjoyed jonas as a character because it’s nice to follow his development from a scared kid to someone willing to risk his future to save the community. this book shows the path of growth; at first we are afraid to accept that there are new responsibilities, but as we gradually get used to it we want to move further and further away from childhood.

Throughout the book, Jonas’s loss of trust in his parents is also important in communicating the moral of the story. In the beginning, when Jonas is a normal boy in the community, he fully trusts his parents as expected. However, after the donor shows Jonas the tape of his father “freeing” a newborn child, a process in which the child is killed and disposed of, Jonas ultimately loses trust and admiration for his father. This moment is what forces Jonas to leave the community, even before the giver has planned it. i enjoyed this transition in jonas because he begins to challenge the life that is proposed to him. it is a symbol of the change from the innocent mind of a child to the inquisitive and educated mind of an adult.

The ambiguity of the ending is also another aspect that makes this book interesting to read. there are two possible meanings behind the ending; either jonas and gabriel freeze to death together on the sled, or they really have found each other “elsewhere”. Ultimately, the ending still shows us that no matter what, Jonas has made decisions for himself rather than being told what to do. whatever happens to him, it’s still better than his life in the community ever would have been.

the community is a metaphor for restriction and censorship; it limits an individual’s options until there are none left, taking the joy out of life. By leaving the community, Jonas has already made an individual decision, and this shows the reader that it is better to live your life the way you would like, than to be held back by others and never really be happy. I think this is an important message for children and young adults today, as experiences like bullying limit people from being themselves.

This book was easily read in a couple of hours due to its simple yet gripping story and interesting characters. the giver was so powerful because it’s one of the few young adult books that leaves the ending up to you. the giver ending is powerful because we can choose what it means; Just as Jonas made a sacrificial decision for the good of the community, you too have to decide for yourself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian worlds and also to people who like a book that allows them to think for themselves!

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