Author: Lois Lowry
Book: The Giver
Lois Lowry is an author of five different book series including The Giver book series. She writes children literature and has two notable book, The Giver and Number the Stars.
In Jonas’s community, everyone’s spouses are chosen and the children are not biologically related. When the children reach the age of 12, they are given a job to learn and follow. Jonas is given the job of the Receiver, the most highly held and respected of jobs, and it is not given often. The Receiver holds the memories of the past and gives advices to the council by seeing the past. The Receiver alone hold the memories, true pain, happiness, and suffering.
This is the type of book that makes the readers stop in between every few pages or so to sort things out and bring the information together. The community that Jonas is living in is controlled and unreal. Although this book may contain very important messages to convey to the readers, I believe that the age level for this book should be from the age of 11 to adult. It contains a few sexual content and death. The young people took pills to stop their “Stirring” or sexual desires. Also, whenever a person upsets the peace and balance of the community, they “release” the people to “Elsewhere”, or to put it more simply, kill them through euthanasia. The message that the author is trying to send the reader is good. However, because of the content that is not appropriate to the children, I believe this book is for the ages of 11 to adult.
Jonas is like the rest of the people in the community. Indifferent to the disturbing actions. However, after he takes the job of being a Receiver and becomes exposed to the world before “Sameness,” he has true emotions, colors, pains, happiness, and experience. He later sees the horrific things that his community was ordering and how his friends and family carried out the order without any emotions.
In the end, Jonas decides to run away from his community with a baby scheduled to die, Gabriel, whom he came to love and cherish. This book shows that the individualism is an important part of life. This is a wonderful book and perfectly portrays its message.
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Short Story / Young Adult
Book Review / Literary Fiction
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