Teen Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

“The Giver” depicts a dystopian society, where everything is the same and you have no choices to make or emotions to feel. When it comes time for Jonas to be assigned his career, he is “honored” with the position of the Receiver of Memory. It is a position given to only a special few. He later finds out that his career is to receive memories of all that was taken from the society when they conformed to sameness. Jonas is introduced to color, snow, hills, and, most importantly, love. But along with the good memories come the bad, such as death, thirst, hunger, and, in general, pain. As Jonas learns more, he begins to realize the horrible acts committed by the society, but not a single person is aware of them besides him and the Giver of the memories. Jonas is confronted with the question of knowledge being better than ignorance, even if knowledge causes pain. I personally cannot imagine a world without color, music, or emotion. This Newberry Award-winning novel opens your eyes to how much we really know and experience.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

 "The Giver" by Lois Lowry book cover

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