A world free of war, fear, hatred, and pain—isn’t that what we all want?
Lois Lowry’s The Giver urges us to reconsider.
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.
I first read The Giver in my seventh grade English class, and to this day, it is still one of my favorite pieces of literature that I’ve read in school. Often I find that the most rewarding reads are those that challenge me to explore a variety of perspectives—the ones that really make me think. A quintessential dystopian novel, Lowry’s The Giver compels its readers to reevaluate the conventions that structure their own societies and communities.
If you haven’t already, I highly suggest that you read this book.
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