The Giver book review by Graison J
The Giver says, “the world didn’t fit how people wanted it so they changed it” this is relevant to the book because the whole book is about the boy trying to figure out why they changed the world. The Giver by Lois Lowry is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a world where people have everything controlled for them. Jonas is put into a situation where he can feel the emotions and memories that others can’t. The main characters are Jonas and The Giver and there are some other smaller characters like Jonas’ mother, father and sister plus some of his friends. The strengths of the book are: it definitely entertains, shows true emotion, and portrays a good message.
The first thing I liked about this book is that is entertains the reader. An example of this is when Jonas is first experiencing happiness, pain, and sadness. This is entertaining because it is funny that Jonas doesn’t know what snow is or has never felt the warmth of the sun, as he does he feels this great incredibleness of all the simple things we bypass daily. Jonas goes into a memory of love and doesn’t know what it is so he asks The Giver what it is and he says, “It is my favorite emotion, Love.”. Another example of how it entertains is wondering how our life would be in his world. Jonas says, “I think our life should be filled with colors and memories and emotion“.
Another thing I liked about this book is that it shows true emotion. An example of this is when Jonas finds out that his father, who is a doctor, kills small children that don’t fit in with the rest of the community. Jonas says with tears in his eyes “that he does not wish to go home to his father for he is a killer”. Another example of true emotion is when Jonas begins to have feelings for his friend Fiona. In a dream Jonas has, Jonas pictures Fiona naked.
The good message is something that really made me enjoy this book. For example in the book it has references that war is bad so Lois Lawry was probably a hippie. In the book Jonas sees his friends playing war and freaks out because he saw memories of actual war. Another good message that it portrays is that burdening one person with many problems is a bad thing to do. The Giver who had to deal with all the bad memories and emotions of the community was in pain most of the time.
The critic Teresa Knight says this book is “ ambiguous and left open for interpretation by the reader”. I have to agree because when I finished the book I also thought that you could think of this book in many different ways depending on the way you looked at it. If you like books that have real emotions and a good message then this is the book for you. It will appeal to all readers and I recommend for anyone who enjoys a good book.