Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge and the Need to Re-Read Challenge.

I think I read this years ago, but I didn’t remember the details so I wanted to read it again. It’s an interesting and fast-paced dystopian story that examines whether it’s worth it to trade all risk for all choice. Jonas, the protagonist, clearly named after the guy who was in the belly of the whale, is suddenly confronted with real feelings when he becomes the new “Receiver of Memory” from the previous one, now called the Giver. It was quite readable and I enjoyed it. As other reviewers have pointed out there are elements in the story that don’t really make sense, but it’s certainly no more senseless in those kinds of aspects than Percy Jackson. Worth reading, and kind of touching.

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