The Giver (The Giver Quartet 1) – Lois Lowry


240 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2014

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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.

My Thoughts:

The Giver is one of Science Fiction novels i read. Do you know that this book is written in 1993? It means that the authors have already thought about future life would like. I thought that Dystopia thing comes from people – authors nowdays .

The Giver tells us about a community, an isolated community literally. In that community people were arranged by a leader called Chief Elder. People in that community feel nothing. They can’t love, hate, like others. They can’t feel sadness, pain, real happiness, and other emotions. There’s no color in their life. Those people even can’t see colors. They live in black and white. Their spouse, children, and job were chosen. There are laws in each ages of them. That’s the life of the community, except some people. They called The Reciever and The Giver. The Giver is the one who transfer her/ his memories of true life, then The Reciever recieves it. Only The Giver and the Reciever can see colors and feel the emotion. ..

At the first time i read this book, i thought that this is the life after life but it’s not. This is just the life in someplace, so I called this is an isolated community. For an (actually) old book like this, this story makes sense to the readers. It told us about the positives and negatives about life. I make the ‘numb’ life in that community as an example. When we live in there, there are some positive impacts, like there’ll be no jealousy among people and in some aspects it a good life for us. Our life is full of happiness and safe , there’s no war. And of course the negatives are more than the positives., it depends on your poin of views while reading this.

Oh, The Giver was filmed on August 2014. Like another film adaptation, there are some scenes were changed or erased. The film hadn’t been release in Indonesia L, but I’d already watched it J. You can download it by using torrent sofware.


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