The Giver Booker Review by: Graison J.
To start off id like to say this was one of the best books I’ve read and I have more than one reason. This book kept me very interested which is hard because in my mind I think I have better things to do than read but this was something that when I started I couldn’t stop. Lois Lowry even won a Newbery Medal in 1994 for this great book.
The choices, which provide the catalyst for discussion, all involve one central decision: to forgo the highs of life in order to get rid of the lows; to find the middle way. There is a lot to be said for this, though Jonas, speaking presumably for the author, ultimately rejects it. Some children will agree with Jonas, but others will find themselves attracted to a life that is uniformly pleasant, if never exhilarating.
Jonas’s world is very appealing. The community runs by common agreement to its rules; some freedom is sacrificed for security; joy, for avoidance of misery. It’s not as action packed as I would like but is very interesting and makes you think what you would do for a peaceful and painless world. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Science Fiction because it is based in the future and has lots of thing in the utopian city that is very fictional.