Book Review 57: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Book Review 57: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry
Published on: 2014-07-01
Pages: 240
Series: The Giver Quartet #1
Genres: dystopian or apocalyptic, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

My Rating: Thumbs Up




I’m not sure why I waited so long to pick up the The Giver by Lois Lowry. However, I’m happy I made the time to read this short, but packed dystopian novel.

There’s a lot going on in The Giver. The slim size of the novel original novel, clocking in at 179 pages, is a bit misleading. This book tells the story of a world without color and memories where conformity is the key to survival. I could see glimmers of where some of the more popular contemporary dystopian novels borrowed from Lowry’s world. I can’t be the only one who thought Lowry’s colorless world (Abnegation, anyone?) with the role assignments (faction ceremony) sounded a bit like Roth’s Divergent.

My first thought, after finishing the book in less than 1 day, was “Hollywood is going to ruin this one.” I might purposefully avoid the movie. As a photographer, I started out with black and white film, developing it on my own before moving over to digital. I have this distinct vision of what Jonas’s world looked like as he discovered the truth and I’m not sure I want that spoiled.

Don’t let the size of The Giver or the age (it was published in 1993) lead you astray. Lowry could be seen as the mother (or grandmother?), perhaps, of the modern YA Dystopian fiction novels. The simple, straight forward nature of this novel is refreshing and applicable to today’s world. There are hints of a deeper meaning and hidden story just beyond the edges of the story that keep you reading. With a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, I can understand why fans of the novel were clamoring for a sequel. The Giver receives a thumbs up from Second Run Reviews.


6 responses to “Book Review 57: The Giver by Lois Lowry

  1. Julie S.

    I really enjoyed The Giver, but I hear the other books in the series are meh. Have you read Matched? It really feels like the Giver world repackaged heh.

    • No, I haven’t read Matched yet. I think my library has that on audiobook so maybe the next time it is available, I can listen to it. I’ve been hearing positive things about that series.

      Terri M. , the Director
      Second Run Reviews

  2. This is one I’m not sure why I haven’t picked up yet either. I’ve been itching to read it ever since my short story was compared to The Giver by the anthology editor. So add your review and guess what’s moving up my list? Im scared to watch the movie now too though LOL

    • it is such a quick read, Berls. Seriously, pick it up and read it! It will take you a day tops. 🙂

      And now I want to read YOUR short story. 🙂

      Terri M. , the Director
      Second Run Reviews

  3. The Bookaholix

    I read this back in middle school. I really enjoyed the book and the world it was in. Did you read the companion books? Gathering Blue is in the same world but different, less technological than the world of Jonas. The last one wasn’t as good as the others but it tied everything together.

    • I do know about the companion books. However, I’m not sure I want to continue the series. It would be great to know more about the world, but at the same time I’m satisfied with what I’ve read. Not sure if that makes sense or not!

      Terri M. , the Director
      Second Run Reviews