First post of 2015 ! Thanks for sticking with me this far. I am trying to have a few of the last books i read up this week.
I first read Lois Lowery speculative fiction novel, The Giver back in jr high. I thought it was brilliant back then and definitely served as a gateway into dsytopian fiction. While definitely not the best book of this genre it opened doors to Orwell’s 1984, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and a Canticle for Lebowitz.
The Giver is the story of a young boys journey into adolescence and how he lives in ignorance of his society’s ill lifestyles. At the age of twelve all children are giving a job to do the rest of their lives. As all of Jonas’s friends have their names called he is left behind. He is called upon last. This is because he has been chosen as the receiver of memories. The receiver of memories is tasked with gaining the knowledge of past generations. The world that The Giver takes place in, is an emotionless world. This world exists without the knowledge of pain,happiness, or regret. This world has extinguished all facets of life that may cause pain or grief. There is no snow for fear of the destruction of crops. Jonas meets with the past receiver of memories. This is the Giver. he will give Jonas all his past and all memories from generations past.
The world of Lois Lowery’s The Giver is a bleak out look on what could happen to our world. The novel is good but as its faults. Such as believing that a society could sustain without emotions and even past memories. I gave the story a 6.5/10. I would say to check it out if you haven’t read it. If not the movie with Jeff bridges does the novel some justice and is worth a watch.