My Rating: 5 Stars
Age Suggestion: 10+
Age Suggestion: 10+
This book by Lois Lowry is one that I’ve had on my radar for a long time. I finally got around to reading it and…wow. It drew me in from the start with a plot unlike anything I’ve ever read before and took me on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.
The story follows Jonas, a boy living in a perfect world where everything is regulated and orderly. There is no pain, no war, no sadness. But they have lost many things as well, as he finds out when he receives his job assignment in his twelfth December, officially becoming an adult.
He is assigned a special, unique honor: he will be the next Receiver of Memory. The Receiver holds memories of the world as it once was, a world with many things that are now gone. Little by little, the old Receiver, now called “The Giver” by Jonas, transmits these memories into Jonas’ mind.
As Jonas learns the truth about his perfect society, he has to do something. He can’t be satisfied with life as it is…
What I Liked
This book has layers of complexity and depth. The descriptions of the utopia are intriguing, and, as we begin to learn the truth along with Jonas, frightening.
The writing is beautiful; the emotional intensity of the story is amazing. The story shocked me again and again and kept me reading right until the end; and the end is gorgeous.
There is no distinct Christianity in this book; neither are there any anti-Christian themes. There is little or no offensive content either; I rated it for ages 10 and up because of the depth of the storyline. I feel that children younger than that would be unable to really appreciate it.
This is a book that I want to own for my collection; one that I think I will want to read again and again. If you have not read it, I strongly encourage you to get a copy. It will draw you in and keep you reading.
Did I mention that I love emotionally intense books?