The Giver Book review


Published Date: January 1, 1993
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 179
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Author: Lois Lowry

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. – Synopsis from Goodreads

This is most likely my second time reading this novel as I’m pretty sure my 5th grade teacher made us read it but I can’t be certain {I’m sorry for not remembering, Mrs. Voyles}. Anyway, this will be a short review as it’s a short book and I’m probably the last person under the sun who hasn’t reviewed it yet.

I wasn’t blown away by this novel. Maybe it’s because I’m 31 and not 12, maybe it’s because this book reminded me too much of Pleasantville minus the 50s vibe {I love that movie by the way but I digress}. I’m not sure. But I know I found myself being annoyed simplicity of everything. I also felt… uncomfortable. Something about kids bathing naked old people – I just didn’t like it. Overall, I loved the message – life without choices, without feelings, without pain and pleasure isn’t a life at all.

So, If you like books that are a quick read, dystopian, and have a good message then this is your book!


10 thoughts on “The Giver Book review

  1. I had the same reaction with you and you have hit the nail on the head here: the simplicity of it all. Which is probably why kids over there read it in primary school. I’d never heard of this book until the other year so i gave it a go, being on a dystopian kick. The world seemed promising but fell flat to me and I just didn’t really care enough at all to even think about continuing the series (In fact, I was shocked when I learnt it was a series, because the ending just felt so….half baked.)

    • Yes!! It was flat. The characters had no charisma, the world was boring and the prose made me want to scream. I didn’t care enough to even look at the rest of the books. Now it’s to be a movie and they’ve completely screwed it up! The book is in black and white and learning colors is a HUGE part of the book. Yet, the movie is all in color? How can you screw up one of the most important parts of the book? Le sigh

      • I haven’t even bothered watching the trailer. Honestly it isn’t a well known book in the UK so I’ll be surprised if it does well…

      • I never thought about that! I assumed (stupid American) that all things popular here would be popular there. *head desk*

        On an unrelated note, I switch my amazon account to the UK when I’m in search of a different book cover 🙂

      • Haha cool trick! If you buy from the book depository they do most of the various covers with free shipping world wide? 🙂

        For the most part you are right there! idk why, the giver just isn’t really…known here

      • It’s a lovely site. UK based, good prices for new hardcover, often with 20/30% off new releases and free shipping world wide. Might be better than Amazon for you 🙂

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