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
I read this in school, back oh, ya know 199-. I loved it and am thinking about teaching it to my 8th graders. So I re-read it. It really goes along with dystopias and a lot of my kids have already read The Hunger Games series and a bunch of them dabble in the others.
I love the characters in the book. I love the "wrongness" of the society. I however, forgot how uneventful the story actually is. It's very passive.
OK so back to the positives. I love watching Jonas transition into different way of thinking. I love how he starts off with his trusting ways and then slowly starts to question everything. He doesn't just up and change his thoughts one day, like that (imagine me snapping my finger). One of my favorite parts is when he starts to see the color red.
The Giver - which I wish he had a name. He had to have had a name. He is a perfect example of a nurturer. He's kind, loving, and hates putting Jonas in pain.
Again, back to the plot line of the story. Jonas is like everyone else, Jonas is chosen and the Receiver, Jonas gets memories, Jonas changes his way of thinking. Jonas continues this way of thinking, Jonas decides to leave the community. Jonas takes the baby and runs and then he maybe dies or maybe he doesn't. It's over.
COME ON! What happens to the community!?!?!
Some quick thoughts
I think I may use the Uglies instead of this
Great community for a dystopia
I love the memories that are given to him
How many of you have read this one?