on January 1, 1993
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, 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.
Although 16 year old Christie missed out on the new release of this much deserved Newberry Medal winner back in 1993, 36 year old Christie was ecstatic that the 2014 release of the movie version of the novel put this literary gem on my radar. I make it a habit to read a novel BEFORE I watch the theatrical release, and was magically ‘wow-ed’ in a way as an adult and a parent that I would have missed out on as a first time teenage reader. Upon completion, I immediately gushed about it to my 3 preteen daughters so they would add it to their reading lists.
This is a brilliantly penned totalitarian novel written before totalitarian novels were chic. I was in awe of Lowry’s ability to deal with material permeated with serious issues with a poignancy that is mild enough for children, yet still heard with deafening clarity among adults. As a fledgling writer, I tip my hat and my pen to you, madam. The real tragedy associated with this novel would be not reading it. I had already ordered the next installment in the series before the covers of this novel were completely closed.
Five out of Five Stars.