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The Giver
Lois Lowry

Fantasy and science fiction

Lois Lowry’s classic science fiction story about a society with no memory of the past – blurb to follow


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6 comments on “The Giver

  1. fives says:

    A book about a young boy living an ideal world that holds nasty secrets. He has the power to ‘see beyond’ and is trained by the giver to replace him.

  2. Mr Ricketts says:

    If everyone was the same and we all had a life assignment, wouldn’t life be easier? This book explores many complex questions about people and how we treat each other.

  3. obates says:

    I think this book is good and I don’t see how anybody could find it boring although it was a little creepy at times. I still thought it was interesting. But sometimes they kept important details to themselves, for example before Jonas told The Giver about it I still thought they had colours so when they talked about starting to see red I thought, wait a second. Nothing has colours? I also thought it was sad that the parents didn’t really love the kids and that they didn’t have Christmas. I mean, come on what kid can survive without Christmas?

  4. ghume says:

    i didnt like it it felt like it was going on forever and it made it seem boring i would not recomend.

  5. tbraganza says:

    I recommend this book because it shows how boring everything is when it is the same.

  6. Mr Milne says:

    Classic science fiction about a society that tries to eliminate pain and suffering by taking away all emotional experience and individuality from its citizens. The book raises dark and complex and sometimes brutal ideas and – in the US in particular – there have been lots of attempts to ban it from schools. This is what the author, Lois Lowry, says about this: “I think banning books is a very, very dangerous thing. It takes away an important freedom. Any time there is an attempt to ban a book, you should fight it as hard as you can. It’s okay for a parent to say, ‘I don’t want my child to read this book.’ But it is not okay for anyone to try to make that decision for other people. The world portrayed in The Giver is a world where choice has been taken away. It is a frightening world. Let’s work hard to keep it from truly happening.” Ironically, the citizens in the world described in The Giver are not allowed to read any books other than the dictionary and Book of Rules. The Giver has won literary prizes and in a speech the author made accepting one of these prizes (The Newbery Medal), she relates a series of experiences, as child and adult, that led her to write the book.