The Giver Lois Lowry

A novel by Lois Lowry

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Don't Miss This Young Adult SciFi Tale!

  • May 12, 2009
Thank you Amazon for recommending this book as I never heard of it. I read it one sitting and wanted more at the end!

The book is a combination of Brave New World and Logan's Run. People live in a community where everyone is happy and conditioned from birth. All life's professions are chosen by the community elders at the child's 12th birthday. All society misfits and extreme elderly are "released."

The story centers around Jonas, who is approaching his 12th birthday. At that time there is a ceremony where he will be told his life's profession and then begin the training for it. Jonas will begin a unique profession where he will learn the truth behind the community he lives in and all the things that mosts people are not permitted to ever know. Above all he will find out what happens to those who are "released." What he learns will either make him an important advisor to the community elders or go on a journey to find what he is missing!

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review by . July 07, 2010
Makes you appreciate the good and the bad
I remember first reading this book in 7th grade. 13 years later I stil remember it and for good reason. This book gets your attention by presenting a world so different from our own. A world where there is no choice, no color, no feeling. There are no wars, famine, or suffering but there is also so much that is eerily absent. Like many people we want to envision a way to change our world to eliminate the bad but this story is the perfect example of how there can be …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
The Giver---a world full of nothingness. Think about moderating everything interesting, dangerous and many other books have this theme? But this one has a soft, personal perspective.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Amazing, beautiful story. Read it to your young people.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
This is one of those books you will remember for the rest of your life. I think I read it in fourth grade
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Love,love,loved this book as a kid. I need to find it,and buy it!
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Thought-provoking for adults as well as kids.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
the ending is pretty anticlimatic
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Loved this book ever since I read it when I was 12. Beautiful, touching and thoughtful story. Really makes you contemplate what we're doing in this world and where we could be headed.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Awesom, awesom book! Very good, highly recommended for young and old.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
def read
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In the "ideal" world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders. This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are "released"--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also "released," but with no fanfare. Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, this intriguing novel calls to mind John Christopher's Tripods trilogy and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and ...
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