Review Of The Giver

Saturday, 2 August 2014
Book: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Male Protagonist

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Jonas' 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.

Movie Trailer:

Review: The ending was not my favourite. In fact, there was some debate about what exactly happens in the end. The rest was great. Actually, it was really great. 

The whole concept of the book — society is tricked into believing government propaganda, and boy is shown the truth — was cool.  

However, I found that this book was not the most memorable book in the world and that while back when it was first published, dystopians were probably not as popular, but nowadays it just blends in with others in its genre.

Is it worth the read? I guess so, but more so if you really like dystopians, or are new to the genre. 

The writing was okay. I mean there are definitely some better writers out there, but there are also some writers who are not better. (This is me trying to avoid using the word worse.) That said, to each their own. Maybe you've read the book and think that Lowry is the best writer in the world. Writing style is such a personal thing.

The protagonist, Jonas was also a bit too young for my liking. At twelve, his voice sounds very young and innocent, too young and innocent. Personally, I prefer protagonists to be at least 15-16 years old. He made the book lean a little towards the middle grade genre when the themes were more suited for slightly older children. (Like 13+ children.)

As for the film adaptation, I'm going to be perfectly honest and admit that the first trailer was pretty bad as far as trailers go. It fails to show the world in the way that the book describes it. It is better suited for those who have not read this book.

The second trailer though! The black and white! Whoa! That made me want to want to watch this movie. Even if the actor who plays Jonas looks too old for the part.

That's it from me! See you all tomorrow for another review!

- Hearts And Crowns

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