faob, July 27, 2010 (view all comments by faob)
In her novel "The Giver," Lois Lowry explores the idea of a false utopia. This utopia is free of violence and hatred because people are all (literally) color blind. Everyone in the village have forgotten the joys of freedom & difference. "The Giver" fallows a boy named Jonas, who has been selected to become the next "Receiver of Memory." With the help of his friend and mentor, Jonas soon begins to see the emptyness and falsehood of the community.
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bookguy, December 21, 2009 (view all comments by bookguy)
Set in the future, where there is no poverty, violence, hunger, or hate, there is also no free will. Lowry does an admirable job in creating a utopia that hovers on being dystopian. This is a good read, thought-provoking for teens and adults both. There are a couple of strong scenes that may be too much for readers not in their teens yet. Still, an excellent book that could provide something to talk about with your teenager.
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Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
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