As of last night, I have officially finished reading my first book of 2016! Considering on my bucket list I wanted to read at least 60 books in the year, I'm expecting my Goodreads reading challenge is already telling me I am so many books behind. It's a good thing I've got the rest of the year to catch up on!
Since The Giver movie came out my mum has been begging me to read the series but I only just got them this Christmas so because I'm one of those traditional people who prefers to read the actual book, I have only just had the chance to start reading it! My mum is quite happy because she'll be able to watch the movie soon as she read the books over a year ago now.
So far I have only read the first book in the series of four so I just wanted to do a little post on my thoughts and opinions of that book, and then we can see how it might change throughout the series.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
According to Amazon:
"THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders.
Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems.
It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right…
The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre." (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Giver-Quartet-Lois-Lowry/dp/0007578490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453378683&sr=8-1&keywords=the+giver+lois+lowry)
I did watch the trailer when it cam out but I hadn't since so going into reading the book now, I had no kind of clue as to what was in store for me. I'm so glad about that! PS. There are really spoilers in this, not really...
I was a bit shocked at the age of Jonas. They talk about their age like 'Ones' and 'Twos' and 'Twelves' so at first I misunderstood this to be more like a year group as I did expect him to be around 16 and 17 years old. Finding out he was only 12 was a bit confusing. However, he is a very mature 12 for his age but that was the nature of his world. I was also a bit unsure as to how the story would unfold. That's a good thing really as I was hooked.
What did I like about it?
Lois Lowry has one hell of an imagination to create the world that she did. Immediately I was telling other people to read the book because of how clever it was and despite it actually being aimed at children, it was a highly intelligent book. It definitely needed some thinking towards it. When you start to realise how and why the apple changed in front of Jonas, you start to fully understand the story. The descriptions of colour and temperature made you feel as if you were receiving the memory too. The ending was a bit different than I expected. *Mini Spoiler* I was expecting a big uproar as Jonas tries to change everything but none of that particularly happen. Instead Jonas disappears and the story ends. I kind of liked that it was different though. It was nice to read a story where there was a relatively happy ending and no complications in between. Finally, I liked the relationship between Jonas and the Giver. Their bond is so unusual compared to the rest of the characters, simply because of their world, but it creates and nice relieving contrast. I did expect the Giver to be all mean and horrible but he wasn't at all, instead he was what you'd called a tortured soul and you feel for him.
What did I not like about it?
Going to be honest, I was expecting some romance but it never came. There was suggestions of it here and there but nothing ever happened. I did say that I liked the ending but I reckon there should have been a bit more rebellion from Jonas before he left. There were a few times when I had hoped Jonas would make small changes here and there, like with his friends. Nothing much changes though but I guess the story is more about how Jonas changes and almost becomes what we would call a real boy, and not in the sense of Pinocchio. Plus, I don't know what happens in the next three book yet. All I have been told is that they are different stories but then all come together in the end and you go 'Oh'. I have that to look forward to now!
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't long so it didn't take me long to read at all and sometimes it's nice to read a short book. I'm definitely going to start reading the second one next and I can see it's going to be a series that I can't put down until it's finished. I loved the characters, the world and the descriptions. This is my first Lois Lowry book and I think that she is already an exceptional talent! I'm 18 and she has made me want to carry on reading a book that was originally aimed at a much younger generation.
Who would I recommend it to?
I'd recommend this book to anybody over the age of 11. It's a great adventure book for the younger ones and a pleasant, short, intelligent read for some one who is around my age. My mum is in her 50s and she only read it within the past few years and she enjoyed it too! So it's a great book for everyone! Males and females!
I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
If you have read this book, what did you think? If you haven't, would you give it a try? What books have you been reading? Any recommendations for me?
- KC xx