The Giver. What an amazing book. This is at the very least in my top 5 children’s books of all time (if you count the Harry Potter series as a collective 1 slot on the all-time list).
When I set out to begin my reading project, I contemplated whether I wanted to add any books which I had already read at some point. The Giver was one of the repeat entries, and after completing the book, I can verify the fact that I made the right decision in adding some repeats.
The essence of the story is a courageous fight against a repressive status-quo set in place by ‘the elders’ who have decided that the world is better experienced through a completely controlled environment. Colors, feelings, knowledge of death, sexual ‘stirrings,’ and the history of the world have been eliminated. Family units are composed of two parents, who are assigned to one another, and two children – no more, no less. Death is known as ‘release,’ which is a celebrated event… But in the background there is so much more.
I won’t spoil the story, but suffice it to say that the main character Jonas is a bulwark against the repressive state of affairs, and his story is inspirational for anyone in the world fighting the status quo to change the world for the better.
I give this book a 9 out of 10 for it’s compelling content, imaginative future-state of the world, and inspiring undertones. If you want a quick read that will light your fire to take action on something that you feel should be changed, scoot over to your favorite book store and pick up a copy today. You can find it on Amazon here.
If you have read The Giver, please let me know what you thought of the book, the message, the style, or any comments you may have in the comments section below. I would love to use these reviews as a way to discuss the content and meaning of our shared readings!