“This book was not one of my favorites. It may be for other people but this genre isn't my favorite.”Kristin wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good book. It is about a young kid who lived in a isolated community. He was chosen to be the next receiver.”Edilene wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book!!! I loved how the author used the foreshadowing of the next chapter. The one thing that made me sad was that we do not learn what happens at the end. Total Cliff Hanger. I would recommend this to anyone who likes suspense and having to think about the plot to untangle mysteries.”Sierra wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the Giver, Jonah, a boy from a very organized community, is given the job of Receiver. This book explains the journey he takes throughout his Receiver job. I would recommend this book to ages 10+.”Noah wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is as very interesting and exciting book about the perfect society. It tells how the society works, about the citizens, laws, etc. The main character - Jonas is soon to become a twelve year old which means he will get a job but he isn't the one choosing his job. He has done a lot of work to get a good job but still there's a risk.
After the ceremony Jonas gets a very good job which helps him to discover that the place where he lives is very unfair. People don't make their own choices, mistakes. Everything is done for them. People don't see colors or other opportunities. They only see what elderly wants them to see, they only do what elderly want them to do.
Read the book and find out what Jonas is going to do to save himself or others. ”
“In a far future, Jonas lives at a village where has an extremely structured society, and it is a society of sameness. At this village, everyone is given their job from Committee of Elders at an age of 12, and when Jonas became 12, he was given a job of inheriting 'memories', so he gets memories of war, sickness and etc in the past from the Giver, the former receiver of memories. As Jonas receives more memories of the past from the Giver, he thinks that the world in the past was so beautiful, and he starts to get questions in the present world. He aslo started not to get along with friends and family anymore. One day, he realizes terrible truths of the present society. So, after having a discussion with the Giver, Jonas decides to leave the village.
The first time I read the book, I felt that the story was so fresh. This kind of science fiction story was first to me, and I imagined each scene while I was reading the book. Everyone living in the village has same type of family and gets same education. There are nothing like conflicts, poverty, jobless or divorces. When I read the very first part of book, I thought about the Utopia. Every people are equal, and they are treated equally. People think the families as most valuable, and courtesy and esteem to each others are very important. For example, when they say a word that makes more than one person feel bad, they must apologize instantly, and the others accept the apology. However, as I kept reading through the book and realized that people have no diversity and the nature has no beauty. There are even no colors and hills. It made me feel that the people living in this village are somewhat kind of same robots produced at a factory. Also, people have no right to choose things such as their life partner or their childs. In addition, they have no privacy. They are being watched for whole time. This made me think of the people in the story pity. Having no rights and privacy will be such a sad thing for the humans, although the people in the story do not realize it. It was quiet fun to know that the past world is the world that we are living in now. The village is totally controlled by the leaders of the village. I think those leaders of the village represent the leaders of our society, which are the governments. This book showed what can happen when the government controls every part of the society. It is terrible to think of that. People do not have any freedoms, and they are going to live like robots with no specified emotions and no questions to the society they are living in. As I kept reading the book, I realized how important the liberty was. Also, when I knew the thing called 'release' in the story, I was so shocked and thought that it was so good not to live in a society like that. Lastly, I really like the ending. It gave me a chance to think about the later life of Jonas. I would recommend this book to the others.”
“Bye Bye...”Dylan wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Genre: Utopian, Children's literature, Fiction, Science Fiction, dystopia, Fantasy Time and Place written: 1993 United States. Protagonist: The Protagonist is Jonas, who is 11 years old and is about to get his job 'The Receiver' with twelve. Is it possible to create a perfect society? WIll there ever be? How would you do it? This book is set in a perfect society- well thats what at least the characters in the book think. There is no crime, pain, hunger and they can neither see colour. Literally their life is ruled, they dont make choices for them; people make choices for them. Each family gets a girl and a boy, but the children dont come from the family they are given to the family in a ceremony. You cannot even choose the name, so you've got to be very lucky to get a nice name. When you are 12 you get assigned a Job. Jonas the 12 year old protagonist is the next person who inherits the memories of everything that has happened. Which also means he gets to see colour, and experience emotions such as love. But not only good emotions, but also some that hurt you. This job only very few people get, it is very rare. Read more to find out what comes next..... I read this book for English, and i struggled reading it because i hated it… I couldn't find the deep meaning of the book. I couldn't get into it. It's supposed to have a good ending, but it was so depressing and it ended with giving you no information. It was trying to give you an ending where you wanted to read the next book, but it failed. When i read that release means kill, and i found out this was set in the future i was like "for get this book, it's dystopia…" But after we had discussions and learned more about the book, the more i realized that the author is trying to send a message which was: The book was a warning to the future; if we don't change the bad things now, we might start trying to solve the problems but making bigger ones without knowing that”Lea wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The central charecter is jonas who lives in a controlled comunity, he is also the speaker. Other charecters are his Mom and Dad, Lily his younger sister, Fiona who is Jonases Crush, Asher jonases best friend, The giver and Gabe who is a newborn child and jonases dad was assighned to take care of him. The story takes place in a perfect community which only the citizens know about .The characters challenge is to go through and experience emotions that he never felt before. This story made me think about all the challenges i had to go through y life. The plot was interesting but not real since there are no perfect communities however the characters seamed real but not their actions. There weren't a lot of funny neither scary bits, the story seamed to flow. The lesson of this book is to do everything with great bravery and courage, because without bravery and courage how could you persist and to do everything to the best of your ability no matter what challenges you’re faced with. I would recommend this book to a friend due to its interesting plot and great lessons to learn from it. ”Olesia S. wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Words can't even descirbe. I loved this book I loved it I loved it I loved it. If I had more stars, I would give it more stars. Lios, Lowry, you wrote an amazing book, one of my most favorites.”Maddy M wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No