The Giver by Lois Lowry
I have had this book on my kindle for a couple of years now, when it was floating around the blogosphere. I had intended to read it plenty of times, but the other day when my 13 year old daughter came home and told me they were reading it in LA, and said how cool it would be if we both read it so we could discuss it, how could I say no?
To put it bluntly.....
IT WAS FRIGGEN AWESOME.
I loved everything about this book. First of all, I'm a huge fan of this kind of world. Dystopian at it best, and weirdly disturbing, but not too much. In fact, on the surface it appears that the people in this "land" have created Utopia, but it doesn't take long to realize.... um.... not so much.
The novel follows Jonas in this twelve year, and similar to The City of Ember, each twelve is assigned a job. Jonas, however, is given the most unique job of all - Receiver of Memory.
He begins his training with The Giver and he really does come across just like the photo on the cover. Or like Jeff Bridges, who will be playing him in the upcoming film adaptation. Which I think is the absolute perfect Dude choice.
The Giver starts nice and easy, and we soon realize that Jonas is starting to notice flashes of strangeness in his environment, and this is when we learn what his world is currently like, and how different it is from the memories he will soon experience and hold precious.
I really cannot give a summary of the plot without totally giving away the story, so I will only say that it is a super fast excellent read, and has very good book club discussion possibilities, or even just discussions with your children who might be reading it in class.
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