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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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The Giver (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Lois Lowry (Author)

Series: The Giver (1)

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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry (Author)
Info:Ember (2006), Edition: Reissue, 208 pages
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Rating:****
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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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    1984 by George Orwell (cflorente)
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    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (cflorente)
  3. 181
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (chrisharpe, afyfe)
    chrisharpe: I see I am in a minority but, although the idea behind the book is a good one, The Giver struck me as quite clumsy. A much more effective exploration of similar themes is Huxley's "Brave New World".
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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (writecathy)
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    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: The Giver is much darker, but are similar in premise.
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    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Another children's book that manages both to entertain and to make you think. These are two of my favourites.
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    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (KamTonnes)
    KamTonnes: Uglies and The Giver both portray societies that limit conflict by having very specific rules, roles, and expectations for everyone. Also, in both stories, the main characters slowly start to question the values of their respective communities.
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    Trojanprincess: The two worlds seem similar in the way that every aspect of their livee are controlled.
  10. 40
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    jbarry: futuristic take on biomedical ethics and mindbendingly complicated relationships
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    chrisharpe: Similar themes, We is a lot better written.
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    The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: Similarly brain-washy story about a controlled society and how the government tries to suppress the talented people who could break it all down and bring freedom and individualism.
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    Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking dystopian novels, 12-year-old boys learn from inspirational figures about the true nature of their repressive societies: Jonas, from the elderly Giver; Luke, from another hidden -- albeit, more privileged and knowledgeable -- "third child."… (more)
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Not my favorite genre, but a good story. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
This book isn't for children. It's for simpletons.
Mix in the pot Logan's Run, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. Deprive the characters from any depth, and the background world from any explanation. Add some unscientific lines (like different light properties) without a how or a why; spice with some magical abilities and the figure of a "chosen one" and you get this.
It is ironic that a book which claims to invite children to question adults and challenge the system asumes that the reader should not ask about all the inconsistencies and plot holes.

I couldn't stop wondering where does this book's fame come from. It is unoriginal, poorly written and dull. My guess it is that it is not the book children like or want to read. It is the book that parents scared with big-government, socialism and what-not, want their children to read.

If you are a teacher and you are pushing reading this, you are a bad teacher and insulting the student's intelligence. In the case that you feel like moralizing with dystopias, there are plenty of literary works with actual depth which will serve the goals of critical thinking, education and entertainment. ( )
  cdagulleiro | Jul 3, 2024 |
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm fascinated by books about dystopian societies, and I enjoyed the concept of memory being necessary for a society, but not necessarily desirable. ( )
  HRHSophie | May 31, 2024 |
Whoa.

I was assigned this book for school reading. It was supposed to be a couple of chapters a day. I read through it in one sitting. I had to! Some books, it feels like I will ruin my life if I put them down. It was so with The Giver.

I'm not going to go into the utopian/dystopian setting or the political messages. What struck me about the book was memories. The people of Jonas's community had no memories other than here and now, the Sameness. It was safe, and they were all content because they did not know any other way. It sort of blew me away when I realized that no one in the book had any concept of hills or color, because those were outside the realm of their experience. Things I take for granted. And none of them had experienced love, which I have also lived with my entire life.

The Giver and the Receiver were the only people who knew suffering, hunger, poverty, agony, war, or terror. They were alone in their pain. But they were also the only ones who knew true joy, love, and courage. They needed the good memories of many generations, "back and back and back", to face the pain that brought wisdom. Someone needed to bear all those memories. They alone had the strength.

Basically, anyone who has traumatic memories, this book will be an engrossing and hard read. It brought to mind a lot of stuff for me. Some pages it was mostly memories of the joy of love. Other pages it was the pain of loneliness. But after reading this book, it's like I'm armed with the confidence, that even when the bad memories threaten to overtake me, when it hurts just to breath, I have the strength and wisdom to use all my memories to keep others safe. ( )
  johanna.florez21 | May 27, 2024 |
An interesting little mystery. The audiobook is read as if they are a teacher trying to tell a story that was going to teach me something. The entire book feels like it is setup for talking points. Even the ending breeds discussion. I give it 4 HOAs out of 5 HOAs. ( )
  umbet | May 21, 2024 |
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Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness- and promised answers- he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he had no way of knowing if the answer he received were true.
We really have to protect people from wrong choices.
But everyone would be burdened and pained. They don't want that. And that's the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me-- and you--to lift that burden from themselves.
Jonas did not want to go back. He didn't want the memories, didn't want the honor, didn't want the wisdom, didn't want the pain. He wanted his childhood again, his scraped knees and ball games.
Sometimes I wish they'd ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don't want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen.
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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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One boy holds the memories

Of colorful past

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