Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 1993
Source: Library audiobook
When Jonas is chosen for a job that he never expected, Receiver of memory, he is about to learn all kinds of things about his community and his family. Every day he receives memories from the Giver and he learns a little bit more about how his settlement works and just what they might have given up. Will he have the courage to make hard decisions that might affect everyone he knows?
Things I Liked:
This is a perfect classic dystopian story and it never gets old. I love how slowly and carefully Lowry reveals things about the society and what is really going on. I love how we discover, along with Jonas, all the things that the Giver knows and remembers. It is such a unique and interesting world that you can't help but feel and hurt right along with the characters. I listened to this one on audio and I really enjoyed it just as much as reading it. What I noticed this time around was just how strange the idea of a memory-keeper would be and how impossible, yet plausible, the future society Lowry has created seems. One of the best dystopian books ever.
Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit I was slightly bothered by the voice our narrator used for Jonas. Yes, he's only 11 or 12 during the story, but he sounded like a very whiny seven-year-old. It made it harder to believe the things he dealt with and learned. I would have liked a slightly more mature voice. Still, it was not too distracting, since I still enjoyed the story. There is still stuff I don't think I'll ever figure out about Lowry's future vision.
Matched by Ally Condie
Maybe a little like Delirium by Lauren Oliver - for the world-building
Gathering Blue and Messenger by Lois Lowry (which are kind of sequels)
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
well, maybe a very few, but honestly I can't remember
more like mature stuff, not really violence
Overall rating: *****
Anybody not read this? Anybody read and not liked this? I'd love to hear opposing opinions :)
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