I’ve heard numerous things about The Giver over the course of my 23 years. But I’ve never been persuaded enough to read it. I first discovered it in the library at my elementary school. It was one of those books that “You must read” if you’re a reader, and so I never wished to read it.
So why did I finally read it?
I have to teach it. Thankfully, it’s not one of those awful books that are forced down students’ throats. In fact, I kind of liked it. I’m not saying it was brilliant, but it was definitely different and startling.
The themes, plot, and characterization reminded me a lot of Divergent, The Hunger Games, and other YA dystopian novels. It also reminded me of the 90s movie version of Merlin…probably because I envisioned the old Giver as the old Merlin who tells the audience the tale of Arthur and the beginning of a civilized land.
If I had to rate Lois Lowry’s most famous work, I’d give it a 3 out of 5…maybe a 3.5 in some aspects, especially the ending. I didn’t see it coming.