The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
One-sentence summary: The Giver depicts a dystopian society where all choice is removed from life, but one person is chosen to remember what life used to be like, with all its pain, yes, but also with its true emotions and its beauty, which have been lost.
My rating: Between 4 and 5 stars
When read: January 2008
Why read: I was catching up on dystopian young adult classics published after I was no longer a young adult.
Impressions: This book was published too late for me to have read it as a child, although it would have been something I would have really enjoyed back then. This book is a bit too simplistic for the adult reader, but it’s a nice introduction to some weighty themes for younger readers.
Current status: I kept a copy of this book for my son to read someday. I would probably reread it with him.
- The band Jonas Sees in Color chose their name based on this book, citing the story’s protagonist’s inability to see in color until he takes on the role of the Giver.
If you liked this book, then you might also like:
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding