The Giver

The Giver is an exceptional book by Lois Lowry. It is part of a quartet and it is the first book in the series. It is also set in a dystopian world.
This book starts off in Jonas’s (the protagonist) kitchen. Jonas, his sister, his mum and his dad are sitting around the kitchen table. Every day, they have to tell their family about their day and their feelings. You can already tell that Jonas lives in a weird place. Jonas was feeling apprehensive because it was the ceremony of the twelves soon. Jonas would be getting his assignment. An assignment is basically a job. Everyone gets older on that day, and every time you get older, you get given something new. You could get given a coat which buttons up the front, or a coat with pockets, or a bike, or an assignment. When it was Jonas’s groups turn, they all went on the stage. When it eventually got to Jonas’s go, they skipped him! Jonas started to get really nervous because the last time the elders had skipped over someone, they hadn’t done enough volunteering hours. When they had eventually done enough volunteering hours, he was given his assignment in private. Anyway, the Chief Elder apologised for making Jonas worried and the Chief Elder told Jonas what his assignment was. I won’t tell you what his assignment is so it will be a surprise for you if you decide to get the book. When Jonas starts his training, he starts to learn the secrets behind what makes his world so perfect. It makes him start to question how ‘perfect’ his world actually is.
This book is amazing but in some places it can be a bit dark. The reason why I think this book is amazing is because the author is constantly building tension. As you start to know Jonas, Lowry drops hints that the place Jonas lives in isn’t as great as once thought. I would recommend it to people who are 11+ as it deals with some quite difficult themes.
If you decide to get this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
By Chloë Willoughby

1 thought on “The Giver”

  1. Chloe, this was one of my favorites. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and realized that individualism is much better than the socialist perfection portrayed in that book.


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